- Saturday, February 11 1928 -
Georgia Tech - 35 (Head Coach: Roy Mundorff)
Kentucky - 31 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Halftime Score: Georgia Tech 20, Kentucky 14
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Game Writeup - by Frank K. Hoover, Lexington Herald
TECH WRECKS KENTUCKY, 35 TO 31
Wildcats Unable to Penetrate Defense of Yellow Jackets
Fetch on the stretchers, hang out the mourning, order the flowers and the casket. Georgia Tech beat Kentucky last night, 35 to 31. Yes, sir, the "mediocre" Georgia Tech team that was able to beat Tennessee only 31 to 28 in a last minute rush only three weeks ago.
It is for us to discuss the whys and wherefores of said game, and we venture to say if the same teams met tomorrow night, and under the same conditions as last night, Georgia Tech would add another victory to her "long string" of three or four.
The Wildcats could not get going last night and there were a multitude of reasons why they couldn't. It seems the Tech defense was the principal cause, however Kentucky just could not get past that mass defense which the jackets set up, once Kentucky started her offense. The Cats' long passes were smeared by two six footers, Goldin and Heeke taking he principal roles in said smearing.
Cats Fail to Follow shots
The Wildcats did not follow their shots last night. we know not why. Probably the mystery will go unexplained down through U.K. history. The would shoot and then watch Goldin and Heeke take the ball off the back board and return it up the floor to Kentucky's goal. And then - Georgia Tech would shoot and make two points. It seemed they couldn't miss. When they did accidentally miss one Mr. Heeke would pass the ball back to Player or George, who would get set, take a crack at the basket from the foul line or thereabouts. Suffice to say, if a player is not rushed, is allowed to get perfectly set, he can make these spot shots which the Wildcats saw fly through the mesh time after time. Most anybody can make spot shots if the other fellow stands back and just lets him shoot, shoot, shoot.
Kentucky must be given some credit, however. They did wake up for four minutes before the game ended to find that Tech had amassed a total of 33 points, while Kentucky's total was 22. And it was Jenkins who gave all he had in a vain effort to overtake the Jackets in those final minutes. But, as we said last season, while Kentucky was losing game after game, Paul Jenkins can't do all the work.
Last night's game was Kentucky's third in four days. Possibly this had a bad effect on the team. They met Tennessee and Vanderbilt on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, traveled Thursday night and practiced Friday afternoon. But this is no fault of the team. The schedule-maker arranged the games and the had to be played.
Kentucky Only Shadow of Self
Kentucky was only a shadow of her real self on the offense. Coach Mauer tried several combination, none of which worked. Goldin, who jumped center, got the tip-off from Milward and McBrayer - it matter not who was in there - nine times out of ten and naturally a team which is not able to get the tip-off is placed at a decided disadvantage. The Tech boys used a fast breaking offense and Kentucky's man-to-man defense did not stand the test. It has worked before - several times - but the general public is not interested in what has gone before. They were particularly interested in last night's proceedings.
Just a word about Tech players. Heeke was outstanding, both on the defense and offense. He made three field goals and broke up Kentucky's threats before they got started. Player, forward, took the majority of his shots from beyond the foul line, but he generally made them good. He counted six field goals, to be exact. Then there was George who counted four field goals, every one a beauty. One of them was shot from the sidelines, near mid-floor, and the only thing it touched was the net just as the scorekeeper chalked up two points for the "rambling wreck."
Kentucky scored in spasms, but none of these sessions warranted any extra yelling from the 5,000 cash customers who forced "Daddy" Boles to hang out he S.R.O. sign long before the Tech team arrived on the floor.
Wildcats First to Score
Kentucky was first to score when Jeffries sank a foul goal, but Heeke, Player, Heeke again and Goldin plunked field goals from everywhere to give Tech an 8 to 3 lead. Combs went in for a shot from the foul line and Jenkins sank a long one from the side, followed by Combs' crip, to bring the score 8 to 7 in favor of Tech. And this was the closest Kentucky ever got. It was too bad from here on out to the half, with Kentucky trying long ones - making few - and being kept from beneath the basket by the splendid defense of the Tech team. The half ended, 20 to 14, in favor of the visitors.
The Wildcats put hope into the hearts of the faithful at the start of the second half, but Tech matched goal for goal, and only the crowd which saw the game knows that Kentucky couldn't do any good by scoring one point and allowing Tech to count three just a second or two later. And so it went until these Jackets had Kentucky at a 31 to 20 advantage. Owens was sent in and he banked one in from the side to start a Kentucky rally. But Mr. Player counted for Tech with a double decker. Jenkins and Combs got field goals, but Heeke was allowed to get set again, and of course, made the shot good. The score was brought to 35 to 25. Paul Jenkins, seeing that something had to be done, dribbled the length of the floor for a field goal and then sank another from the side to bring the count to 35 to 29. Jeffries scored a crip to bring it to 35 to 31 and off went the gun.