- Friday, December 16 1927 -
Clemson - 17 (Head Coach: Josh Cody)
Kentucky - 33 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 20, Clemson 9
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Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Clip Claws of Clemson Tigers
Big Crowd is on Hand for Season's Opening; Blue Offense Ragged
Kentucky won its opening basketball game of the season last night at the university gymnasium and incidentally presented for the approval of Lexington net fans a team which appears to have possibilities of developing into a fast-scoring combination as the season grows older. The score was 33 to 17 and the victims were Josh Cody's Clemson Tigers.
The Wildcats were not long in getting started. Owens started the ball to rolling by making a free throw good and Milward followed this with a neat crip. It was all Kentucky from this point on.
Tigers Show Flash of Form
The Tigers did manage to outscore Kentucky in the final two minutes of the first half of the game, ringing in two baskets and a free throw to make the score 20 to 9 as timekeeper Milward called time for the first half.
McGinnis was the first to score in the second half, sinking a neat field goal after a neat dribble. McGlone made a free throw good for Clemson, but Milward and McGinnis sank free shots and Milward made it 26 to 10 with another crip. The Wildcat scoring was checked temporarily here, and with the help of Lester's free throw and field goal and Bailey's beautiful overhand shot the Clemson boys made the score 26 to 17.
The Wildcats immediately began an offensive assault which netted them many shots, from which they gleaned enough points to bring the score to 33 to 17. With the exception of McBrayer's pretty spot shot, the remaining field goals were close up, the 'Cats taking little chance of flinging wildly at the basket. Milward's field goal after McBrayer's free throw - one of the tricks taught the former Blue Devil in high school - was especially pleasing. However, he missed easy crips to balance his craftiness in sinking this surprise shot.
Material is Raw - Very
Johnnie Mauer displayed some excellent raw material last night. When we say raw we mean raw. The boys worked in spurts, but for the most part they were butterfingered and could not get their offense to functioning properly - a fault common to all teams playing their opening games.
The work of Owens, Combs, McGinnis and McBrayer especially was excellent. Milward found McGlone too much for him and the Clemson center got the jump most of the time. Owens was the fightingest man on the floor, although conspicuous for his smallness.
Substitutes Held Tiger at Bay
Near the end of the game Mauer made several substitutions and they held Clemson scoreless. Captain Paul Jenkins played about four minutes during the first half, but he did not attempt any fancy stuff.
As the second half started the crowd stood silent for one minute in tribute to the memory of Edwin "Toots" Knadler, former Kentucky star, who died in Louisville two weeks ago.
Between the halves Al Portwood and Warner Ford and "Tiger Lily" Denman and Tom Walters put on boxing exhibitions, while Walters and Drury wrestled for about two minutes. Bernie Shively was referee and he won each and every bout.
One of the largest opening game crowds in the history of the school was on hand, the gymnasium being about four-fifth full.