- Saturday, January 14 1928 -
Vanderbilt - 23 (Head Coach: Johnny Floyd)
Kentucky - 43 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 23, Vanderbilt 9
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Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
KENTUCKY OVERWHELMS VANDERBILT
Excellent Team Work, Accurate Shooting of Cats Decide Contest
We are glad to report this morning that Vanderbilt's peculiar winning complex has been badly shattered. Furthermore, that the Commodores, famed throughout the South for their ability to "come back," failed to do so last night at the Kentucky gymnasium. We are glad to place the five starting Wildcats - Owens, Combs, McBrayer, Jenkins and McGinnis - on golden pedestals and worship them as a team which whipped Vanderbilt, 43 to 23, for Kentucky's second Southern Conference victory of the 1927-28 basketball season.
Kentucky could not be denied victory. The passing combination of the Wildcats completely bewildered the Commodores. Its intricacy and deceptiveness left the visitors floundering hopelessly in the deep, deep sea of defeat after the first five minutes of the contest.
Vandy Takes Lead
It took the Wildcats fully four minutes to adjust themselves to the rangy Vandy quintet at the start. In these four minutes Brooks, Bridges and Baker got long field goals while McBrayer was scoring one for Kentucky and Vandy led by 6 to 2. But this could not last long. The inevitable had to come. And it did. So sudden, in fact, that the Commodores seemed were left in a complete daze when the first half ended, 23 to 9, in Kentucky's favor.
During this first half, which kept Kentucky supporters in a frenzy throughout, Combs, Owens and McBrayer divided scoring honors, with Combs shading his opponents slightly. Vandy failed to tally a field goal after Baker, Bridges and Brooks got one each in the first four minutes. The Wildcats rallied with their man-to-man defense and held Vandy's shots to a minimum.
Kentucky Displays "Class"
Kentucky looked more and more like a real basketball team as the game wore on, proving that a good team will look bad against a bad team and good against a first class aggregation. Vanderbilt has a first class team - no doubt. In Bridges and Brooks they presented two men who did just about as much with the ball once they got it as did Kentucky. Bridges frequently took the ball away from a Wildcat dribbler to return it down the floor for a try at the basket. Besides he tallied eight points for his team and incidentally won high point honors.
Vanderbilt's passing attack looked as a slow as thick sorghum molasses as compared to the dazzling handling of the ball by Kentucky. Most of the time the visitors thought it was here when it was there, and then other times it would be here when they thought it was there. And all these little tricks helped the Blue team to twist the Commodores into knots and toss them about as if they were babies. The Commodores appeared tired even in the first half, and they had reason to be.
Owens, Combs Shine
For Kentucky Hayes Owens and Pisgah Combs were the most conspicuous players of the jolly evening. Owens' aggressiveness brought cheers that rocked the house and Combs' ability to shoot crip shots was marvelous to the 5,000 spectators who jammed the gymnasium to see the Wildcats win. Jenkins and McGinnis' guarding held the visitors at bay, the Commodores resorting to those long, take-a-chance shots which are typical of a team in desperate straits.
Combs will not be outdone when it comes to scoring. His total last night was 19 points, the result of four field goals in the first half and five field goals and a free throw in the second canto. Owens tried to catch up with him, but the midget's efforts brought him only 13 counters, the result of five field goals and three free throws. Hayes missed five throws, something unusual for him. But he was buffeted around so much by Vandy's giants that he was generally upset when he tried his shots.
Heaps Insult on Injury
Near the end of the game - within three minutes and a half of its close, to be exact - Coach Johnnie Mauer heaped insult on injury by sending in a flock of substitutions. Although these subs did not score a point, they held the visitors to a lone point, scored by Gibson when he was fouled by Milward.
Outside of that we would say no more, less we wrote a play by play account of the game, which is unnecessary on the face of results. We suppose everybody was there, any way, and had a good time, incidentally.