- Thursday, December 18 1930 -
Georgetown College - 19 (Head Coach: Chester Dillon)
|Harry Lancaster (*)||4||3||3||2||11|
Kentucky - 67 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 38, Georgetown 13
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Duke 32 - 37|||||Marshall 42 - 26|
Game Writeup - by Neville Dunn, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Conquer Tigers 67 to 19
Rupp's Crew Shows Promise in Initial Battle; Sale High
The University of Kentucky Wildcats gave their new basketball coach, Adolph Rupp, a good send-off last night in the U.K. gymnasium by trimming the Georgetown College Tigers, 67 to 19.
Coach Rupp, reintroducing the fast-break system of basketball to Kentucky fans, used 17 of the 19 men on his squad in the opening encounter. And the way the boys piled up points indicated marksmanship that will serve them in good stead when they face the eleven Southern Conference quintets on their schedule this season.
Georgetown, an inexperienced team, was over-matched, and except for the first two minutes, when it managed to hold the lead twice, the Tigers were never close to Kentucky.
Georgetown used a man-to-man defense, but the speed with which Kentucky broke for the goal often left the Dillon men behind, and easy short shots under the basket resulted. Then again, if Kentucky had no opportunity for a fast break, it employed blocks with such deception that Georgetown floundered in its effort to break them up.
Georgetown drew first blood when Hatcher, rangy center, heaved a one-arm shot into the basket. Seconds later, Sale, who started the game at center for Kentucky, evened the count with a short shot, but Georgetown forged back into the lead on a successful free throw by Carter, guard.
Little McGinnis, who distinguished himself defensively and offensively, then made the first two-point throw of the 17-point total he rung up, to put Kentucky into the lead, and from then on, Georgetown was distanced. With Spicer, McGinnis, Yates and Sale pounding the net, Kentucky was on top, 38 to 9, at the half. The Wildcats had one run of scoring that extended from 11 points to 26 before Georgetown tallied again.
Breaking up and down the floor with more speed than has been shown by any Wildcat five in recent years, and exchanging the ball on passes that sizzled through the air, the Blue-clad youngsters gave promise of an offensive machine that will give any foe on their schedule this season a trying evening.
On the defense, however, Kentucky did not show up any too well. Several times, Georgetown broke into the clear under the basket, and only inaccuracy in shooting prevented the Tigers from rolling up a more impressive score.
Harry Lancaster, captain and guard for the visitors, and the only experienced man on the squad, was the key man in Georgetown's game. He excelled on defense and led his team's scoring with 10 points, six of which were made on loop shots from far out on the floor.
Little McGinnis, reveling in a system of basketball that permits him to use his speed to its best advantage, followed the ball like a hawk and several times made goals that only his vigilance made possible.
George Yates broke into the game as a substitute for Sale at center and he had the edge of his predecessor on defense. Sale, who topped all scorers with 19 points, had more scoring opportunities and he cashed in on them. Most of his points, however, came after he had reentered the game as a forward.
The game with Georgetown was scheduled as a warming-up encounter for Kentucky, and it served its purpose. The Wildcats, however, were not tested sufficiently to justify any optimistic prediction about their season.
Official scorebook page from game