- Saturday, March 1 1930 -
Southern Conference Tournament (at Atlanta, GA)
Kentucky - 44 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Sewanee - 22 (Head Coach: Lucien Emerson)
|George "Archie" Sterling||1||2||5||2||4|
|Frank "Piggy" Thigpen||0||0||1||0||0|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 16, Sewanee 14
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|Maryland 26 - 21|||||Duke 32 - 37|
Game Writeup - Atlanta Constitution
Wildcats Beat Sewanee, 44-22Kentucky's hard-working, lightning-like basketball team cantered into the semi-finals of this Southern conference tournament Saturday night. The Wildcats went in at the expense of Sewanee. The score was 44 to 22.
Kentucky had to fight to stay here over Sunday. The lads from up on the mountain, playing in their first conference tournament and feeling right well after putting out North Carolina State in the first round fought hard Saturday night.
In the first half of the game, Sewanee, led by the scoring tendencies of Dawson and McRee, a pair of sharpshooters, kept on even terms with the Kentucky crew. Kentucky has the two McGinnis boys and McBrayer and Spicer and Combs, all as good as the other and they are hard to keep up with. But during the first half Sewanee kept up and there was never much difference in the score. The half ended with Kentucky leading by a count of 16 to 14.
The story changed, however, in the second half. Kentucky's basketball team is a husky one. It was a bit tougher than Sewanee's Saturday night and shortly after half opened, the pace began to tell on the Tiger. The lads stuck in there and the spirit was as fiery as ever but Kentucky was beginning to wear them down.
The Wildcat was breaking fast; his work under the basket was excellent. The Kentuckians were getting down under the basket, making short shots and following them up. Sewanee was letting go with a prayer from the foul line and usually missing and Kentucky was coming out of the hole with the ball. That made the difference.
Slowly the gap widened. Spicer and Combs were particularly effective. There was one space in the second half when Kentucky made four field goals out of five tries and Combs made three of them. That ran the score up to 38-22 in Kentucky's favor. The Wildcats kept on going and were fighting like cats and dogs a the gun. Sewanee, for a team that has been going nowhere in a very great hurry in years past, made a splendid showing. Kentucky's team was better and therefore won the basketball game.
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
WILDCATS STOP TIGERS, 44-22
KENTUCKY AND DUKE TO MEET IN SEMI-FINAL
Victory over Tigers After McBrayer and Yates Go Out on Personal Fouls, Is Impressive
"Pisgah" Scores from All Angles and Positions and Wins High Praise
by Frank K. Hoover
ATLANTA, Ga., March 1 - The University of Kentucky Wildcats took the Sewanee Tigers b the nape of the neck and flung him back into the hills of Tennessee from whence he came in the quarter-finals of the tenth annual Southern Conference basketball tournament here tonight. The Wildcats doubled the score on the boys from the University of South, the final tally being 44 to 22. Coach Johnnie Mauer used everybody but "Spooks" Milward, Trainer Mann and the water boy in the game.
Kentucky's victory was all the more impressive in view of the fact that Captain Paul McBrayer and George Yates were ejected from the game soon after the second half started because they had accumulated too many personal fouls. Spicer went to center to jump in place of Yates, and Jake Bronston cavorted like a veteran in the discarded shoes of Captain Mac, even finding time to sink a field goal and break into the scoring column. Sewanee lost her key man, McRee, center, five minutes before the game ended, but it did not hurt the Tigers. They were too far behind when McRee left the game.
Atlanta fans tonight got their chance to see Kentucky's crip shot artist in action. "Pisgah" Combs was never better. he sank 'em from standing up, sitting down and over his head. Two of his shots were made over his back while he was running away from the basket, and ringside spectators said they had yet to see a man who could shoot them as well as Combs. "Pisgah" got six field goals, but didn't get the honor being high scorer after all, tieing with Carey Spicer.
Spicer himself wasn't so bad. He feinted and dodged and shot his way to just as many field goals as Combs secured, and was just as big a hero in the eyes of Kentuckians who are here to see their favorites perform.
Officials are Razzed
The crowd leaned somewhat toward the Sewanee five, although they did not razz Kentucky when the boys from the Blue Grass played poorly. The fans were too busy razzing the officials, who seem to be universally disliked in Atlanta.
It was an impossibility for the Sewanee center to get anything that looked like a tip-off from big George Yates. Invariably the ball would go to Kentucky. These antics on his part became so monotonous to Sewanee that the Tigers almost gave up trying to get a tip. Yates did all of his splendid work with an injured left shoulder, hurt in the first few minutes of the game. It was the recurrence of his old football injury, although the old wing came around in a couple of minutes and he did not have to leave the game until he had amassed his four personal fouls.
The first half of the game was fairly close - too close for comfort for most of the Kentuckians, in fact. The Wildcats maneuvered deftly for goals, but missed a big percentage of them during the opening period. They went into a 3 to 1 lead on Yates' foul and Little McGinnis' crip, but Goodman tied it up at 3-all with a one-handed shot. With Yates' follow-up shot, McBrayer's two crips and his two fouls, Kentucky got a 10 to 6 lead, but saw it dwindle to two points in only a few minutes. Yates connected for a follow-up shot, and Little McGinnis and Spicer got a couple of crips before the session ended, however, and Kentucky was leading by three points, 16 to 13, at rest time.
There was not much to the second half but Kentucky. True, the Tigers did tie the tally up at 20-20 soon after play was resumed, and even forged into a 21 to 20 lead on Sterling's foul throw, but Spicer hit a crip and McBrayer a foul to give the Wildcats a 23 to 21 lead. McBrayer went out with the score standing at this total.
Combs and Spicer Get Busy
Combs and Spicer two-timed the Tigers from here on out, with the entire Wildcat team putting up a brilliant passing attack that left Sewanee completely lost. Frequently Combs and Spicer would be left free under the basket, and all they had o do was to drop in goals. Kentucky ran the score to 28 to 21 before Hines got a foul for Sewanee. That was the last point Sewanee made. Sewanee failed to connect for a field goal in the last 15 minutes of the game, Goodman's long field goal and McRee's and Sterling's double-deckers being the only three goals which the Tigers collected during the half.
Sewanee, like Duke, used a man-for-man defense, and for that reason Kentucky probably will be slight favorite over the Blue Devils from Durham in the semi-finals Monday. The Wildcats break too fast and have too many bounce passes to let a team using such a defense keep them from making a winning number of field goals, provided they are on their game.