- Friday, February 3 1928 -
Washington & Lee - 28 (Head Coach: Dick Smith)
Kentucky - 34 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Halftime Score: Washington & Lee 20, Kentucky 11
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Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
WILDCATS SUBDUE WASHINGTON & LEE
GOVERNOR SEES KENTUCKY WIN
Overcoming a 19 to 7 lead which the Washington and Lee Generals piled up in the first 15 minutes of the game, the University of Kentucky Wildcats rang up their fifth Southern Conference basketball victory, 34 to 28, at the Euclid avenue gymnasium last night. About 4,000 spectators, including Flem D. Sampson, governor of Kentucky saw the contest.
The Wildcats gave one of the rarest exhibitions of gameness that the writer has seen in years, smothering nearly every attempt of the Generals to score in the final half and at the same time ringing up field goals which gradually whittled the Generals' lead down.
It takes a well-conditioned and well-trained basketball team to achieve a victor such as Johnny Mauer's boys, placed in Kentucky's hall of fame last night. And it takes more than that - it takes courage.
Milward, Jenkins Star
Stanley Milward and Paul Jenkins played brilliantly last night. In fact, the entire Kentucky team performed as a unit. It was Milward, substituting for McBrayer, however, who "outsmarted" "Big Boy" Spotts after he had run hog wild to score 14 points and place Kentucky on the defensive after 15 minutes of play. Although Spotts generally got the jump, Milward used his head and and tapped the ball to a Kentucky player while the oval was descending in the majority of the toss-ups. The former Lexington High flash stuck to his big opponent like a leech, and as a result Spotts scored only two points during the remainder of the game - a foul to place the score 20 to 11 as the half ended and another foul after Kentucky had run the score to 28 to 22 in the second half.
Jenkins drove as he has never driven before this season. He passed the ball accurately and kept the spirits of the Wildcats up throughout that trying first half. Besides he contributed the foul shot which tied the score at 20 to 20 after the second half had gotten under way, and a moment later passed the ball to Combs, who amid thunderous applause from the packed gymnasium shot the field goal which sent the Wildcats ahead for the first time, 22 to 20. After the Wildcats forged to the front they soon scored enough field goals to run the count to 28 to 21.
Spotts Work Sensational
Spotts, it seemed couldn't miss the basket in the first half, sinking at least four of the most marvelous shots that a Kentucky basketball crowd has seen this year.
Lowry scored first for W. and L., but Jeffries made it 2 to 1 with a foul shot. Spotts sank a field goal and a foul to make it 5 to 1. McBrayer sank a crip for Kentucky and the score was 5 to 3. At this point Spotts began his assault on the basket which ended in five straight field goals and four out of five free throws to give W. and L. a 19 to 7 lead. Here Milward was sent in, and Spotts immediately stopped his extensive scoring.
And They Got Scores !
The crowd clamored for Kentucky scores as the second half opened and Kentucky gave them to them, at the same time showing dazzling passing. Jeffries, Combs and Jenkins were the three who did the work in the final half. Combs sinking five field goals, Jeffries four and Jenkins two. Most of them were of the crip variety, made possible by excellent passing near the basket, something they did not do in the first half. The Generals counted only two field goals, one each by Eigleback and Nance, and four free throws in the final half, showing how air-tight was Kentucky's defense.
In the first half the Wildcats missed many easy shots and took entirely too many cracks at the basket from afar. They did not work together and did not seem able to get the ball past the outside foul line in their passing efforts.
Governor Sampson Lauds 'Cats
Gov. Flem D. Sampson and Mrs. Sampson were among the spectators. After the game the governor said: "It was a very, very wonderful game and you should be proud of your team. They did splendid work and I enjoyed every minute of the game. I could hardly keep still when the boys tied the score and forged to the front. It was indeed wonderful."
"It was the first basketball game I've seen in, I suppose, six or eight years. They used to have games up in the mountains, but I never did go out much for the sport."
In addition to the governor, among those seen at the gymnasium were Chief Justice William Rogers Clay, Speaker John S. Milliken, Senator John L. Thurmond, Senator J.J. McBrayer, Senator W.A. Perry and several other legislators who came in a party. The athletic association has issued complimentary season tickets to all members of the general assembly, as has been the custom for several years.
Between halves, Kentucky's crack band made the rafters ring with lively selections, under the leadership of Elmer Sulzer, director.