- Saturday, February 4 1928 -
Kentucky - 29 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Indiana - 48 (Head Coach: Everett Dean)
|Branch McCracken (*)||3||3||1||9|
Halftime Score: Indiana 18, Kentucky 14
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Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
INDIANA FIVE TRIPS KENTUCKY
Wildcats Find Pace Too Stiff for Them; Jeffries High Scorer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Feb. 4. -- Kentucky opened up on Indiana University's Big Ten quintet here tonight and gained an 8-to-1 advantage before the Hoosiers found themselves, following a between-semester layoff. Indiana came back strong, however, and won, 48 to 29.
Strickland, with nine field goals and one foul marker, was the star for Indiana, while Jeffries, with five field goals, was high man for Kentucky. The Wildcats were fast during the first half, but the great pace they have been going in their southern conference race seemed to tell on them. Substitutions were numerous on both sides during the second half.
Strickland started the scoring shortly after the first tip-off by caging a free throw when fouled by Jenkins. After this, the play for a few minutes was in midcourt, with Indiana blowing three shots, due to vicious guarding. McCracken fouled McGinnis, as he shot for the basket, and made his field goal which counted. McGinnis missed the first free throw but made the second. Kentucky 3, Indiana 1.
Jeff Gets First
Jeffries took the ball on the tipoff and shot a field goal from the middle of the floor. It never touched the rim. McGinnis fouled Vorrell but he missed his free toss. A quick pass from Jenkins, and Combs shots a goal directly under the mesh, making the score, Kentucky 7, Indiana 1. Correll fouled Jeffries as he was dribbling and he made his free throw. The ball switched about in mid-court until McCracken bounced one in off the back board. Kentucky 8, Indiana 3.
McCracken, Indiana center, blew an easy shot. Correll fouled Jeffries and the lad made his shots good. McCracken was rushed by Milward and he again missed. Strickland let fly from the side line and counted a pretty field goal. McGinnis took the ball out of Strickland's hands on the tip-off, but Strickland regained it and made a field goal. Kentucky 10, Indiana 7. Kentucky seemed to be traveling with the ball more than usual. Kentucky took time out, as Wells tossed a long one from the center.
Indiana Uses Bounce Pass
Indiana used a four-man defense, employing a bounce pass with good effect. On the next tip-off McCracken got the ball but dropped it when rushed and Jeffries recovered it, fouling Correll, who missed his free throw. Correll fouled McGinnis in going after the ball but Mac missed. Strickland put Indiana one point in front with a looping field goal from the side. Both teams missed a long shot, but Jeff hit a field goal from mid-floor that caused a gasp from the crowd. Jeffries took the ball on the tip-off and sank another beautiful long shot that rattled Indiana. Kentucky 14, Indiana 11.
The Wildcats messed around the middle of the floor, waiting for a break, but Correll snagged the ball only to have McCracken miss a field goal.
McCracken missed another. Kentucky allowed Wells to get set and he shot a field goal from the side. Combs and Wells wrestled over the ball and Jenkins missed one by inches. Kentucky again got the ball after a fast passing exchange. Combs had two roll around the rim without dropping. McGinnis fouled McCracken and he got a free-throw, which he made good, tieing the count. Strickland quickly untied it with a sideline shot. The Cats let him get set too much. Wells shot a field goal when Kentucky guards went to sleep, as the half ended. Score: Indiana 18, Kentucky 14.
Kentucky Appears Tired
At the opening of the second half, Indiana got the ball out of bounds when Milward traveled. Strickland got a pass from Correll and popped a field goal. Traveling again gave the Hoosiers the ball, but their passing was ragged and Jeff intercepted the ball. Jenkins took the ball after a wild Indiana shot and passed to Combs, who shot a goal under the basket. Kentucky 16, Indiana 20. On the tip-off, a furious battle for possession of the ball ensued and Indiana got it. McCracken and Jeff blew field goals. Kentucky appeared tired. Strickland blew one, but Wells squatted and made one good from the side. Wells shot another field goal from the same spot when Kentucky stood still and let him shoot. Indiana 24, Kentucky 16. McCracken took a pass under the net and sank a field goal. McBrayer replaced Milward for Kentucky. Strickland whipped one in from afar. He took a pass from McCracken and got another, making the score 30 to 16.
Wildcats' Offense is Listless
On the offense Kentucky was playing listless ball, far from the Wildcats' usual speed, their defense giving Indiana many shots. Jenkins got a goal from the center, but Starr retaliated with one. McCracken made a foul good when McGinnis fouled him. Owens went in for Combs. Score: Indiana 33; Kentucky 18. Owens fumbled when he had an easy crip shot.
McCracken hit the longest field goal ever seen here, but Jenkins took a pass from Jeffries and shot a pretty field goal. Jeffries' floor work was the most sensational seen here this season. McCracken was fouled by McBrayer. McCracken made one free throw. Strickland batted a field goal in. Indiana 38, Kentucky 20. Starr fouled McBrayer and he made the goal good. No one covered Strickland and he shot a spot shot. Rushing would have checked it. Scheid fouled McBrayer and he made both of them. Indiana 40, Kentucky 23.
Cooper cut loose with one from the side that was good. Owens fouled Scheid and he made the shot good. McBrayer batted in a field goal. Owens fouled Cooper, who made his shot good. Cooper caught McGinnis asleep and slipped behind him for a field goal. Indiana 46, Kentucky 25. Benzel got one from the corner. Scheid fouled Owens, but he missed, and Jeffries slapped the ball in. On the tip-off Jeffries pushed in a goal from mid-court as the game ended. Final score: Indiana 48, Kentucky 29.
Bloomington, Ind., Feb. 4 - (Special) - A fast offensive unleashed by Coach Everett Dean's Indiana University basketball team in the first half turned Kentucky State back, 48 to 29, here tonight.
The Hoosier team, playing its first game without Art Beckner, who was graduated last week, uncovered a "find" in Strickland, who was given his place. The Owensville youth ran wild, tossing in nine field goals and scoring once from the foul line, for a total of 19 points in the initial bow.
McCracken, Indiana scoring ace, who leads the Big Ten, was held to three field goalsand the same number of free throws.
The Blue Grass players started out strong and had a 7 point lead before the Crimson began its march. Jeffries was high point man for the visitors, with five field goals. He counted three times from the foul line.