- Saturday, January 12 1929 -
Kentucky - 19 (Head Coach: John Mauer) - [Final Rank ]
Notre Dame - 16 (Head Coach: George Keogan)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 12, Notre Dame 6
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Game Writeup - by Seward E. Bower, South Bend (IN) Tribune
Kentucky Scotchmen Upset Irish, 19 to 16
INABILITY TO SCORE SPELLS THIRD DEFEAT
Tall Blue Grass Cagers in Great Defensive Game to Win.
NOTRE DAME LEADS BUT ONCE
Short-Lived Edge in First Half Dwindles Before Wildcat Attack
Kentucky University's Wildcats handed Notre Dame a 19 to 16 trimming on its own court - the third of the season - before a small audience made up mostly of students here last night.
To say that Kentucky "gave" the Irish the astonishing upset would be slightly erroneous because the Blue Grass boys are all Scotchmen and they gave nothing. They smilingly invaded South Bend with the reputation of having the tightest defense on the hardwood, being Scots, and they proved it.
The story is not made up of as many peculiarities as the stay-at-home man would suppose. George Keogan's clan was off - clear off in its scoring department but the Wildcats offered a most stubborn defense that gave the Irish very few open changes at the loop. Kentucky took the lead at the start and was headed but once, and that just momentarily.
It was a trio of tall stalwarts - a forward, a center and a guard - that gave Notre Dame its bulk of troubles last night. The "Kaintucks" did little hurrying. They slowly gained their lead and then carefully nursed it along until the minutes dropped away and Keogan appeared to have no one on his squad who was "hot" and could go in and collect the three or four points that would have reversed matters. Milward, rangy center and just hot-headed enough to keep fighting, led the visitors' attack with three goals, while being abetted by McBrayer, guard, and Combs, forward.
Scots Take Early Lead
McBrayer opened the account the after Irish had spent a couple of minutes milling around for an open shot, by sinking a close one. MacGinnis counted in a personal and then Capt. Jachym whipped in two from the charity line. Mac came right back a few moments later with a two-pointer to make it 5 to 2 and then Donovan cracked the mesh from the side and Jachym made good on two trips to the charity line. For the first and last time the Irish led the Scots. The advantage was short lived, however, and after Milward tipped one in on the rebound for Kentucky, the invaders took and maintained the scoring edge. The Mac clan tried few times, compared with Notre Dame, but the average was far better. At the half Kentucky stood 12 to 6 and the fans settled back to await what they expected to be a fast comeback by the Irish.
The Wildcats usually struck from the center, playing a man-to-man relay style on attack. Colrick sank a beauty from the side as the second period opened and it looked as if the Keoganites were about to find their stride. G. MacGinnis capitalized on Donovan's foul, however, while Combs took a neat pass under the net from Milward to make it 15 to 8. F. MacGinnis cashed in on Jachym's personal to double the count, 16 to 8, before Donovan and McCarthy inaugurated a slow spurt that netted five points.
Irish Unable to Hit
The fans had as much trouble getting into the spirit of the game as did Notre Dame's cagers and, as the Irish shots either fell short or rolled lazily about the iron without sinking, the idea that Kentucky could win gained the support of even the most loyal witnesses. Notre Dame simply could not hit and the few goals the Keoganites collected in the last half they shot through a mass of long arms that the Kentuckians threw around their loop. Donovan, in particular, boomed away at the mesh from mid-court without result.
Ed Smith, guard, and Jachym did most of the serious fighting for Notre Dame throughout, although in the last five minutes the Irish fought bitterly and desperately to stave off defeat. They fought and scrambled for the ball but they could do nothing with it after they got it and the tenacious Scots clung to their three-point advantage (19 to 16) for more than two minutes before the final gun.
Try No Stalling.
They were Kentucky gentlemen so far as stalling was concerned and they played the straight game clear to the end. It is difficult to analyze Notre Dame's up-and-down course this season except from the point that they either may be extremely ho or as extremely cold when it comes to locating the little iron hoop. They have little difficulty in working the ball down the court but they certainly have their problems when the matter of point-getting arises. To the credit of the Scots' tight defense, however, it must be noted that not once did the local boys have an open chance for a lay-in shot.
Keogan sent in Teders, Newbold and Gavin in the closing minutes of both periods, but these boys appeared struck by the same scoring jinx that damaged the flying feet of their comrades.
Notre Dame's Irish have had no little trouble with Scotchmen during this sport year and it begins to look as though some law will be necessary to curb these sturdy descendants of bonny clan of Macks.