- Saturday, December 27 1930 -
Marshall - 26 (Head Coach: John Stuart)
Kentucky - 42 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 19, Marshall 8
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Game Writeup - by Brownie Leach, Lexington Leader
Cats Bring Thundering Herd Down, 42-26
Marshall Troubles Kentucky At Times
West Virginians, Playing First Game of the Season, Show Spurts of Real Class; 1,000 See Game for Charity
The Thundering Herd from Marshall College stampeded into the University of Kentucky gymnasium Saturday night and threw fright into approximately 1,000 fans, who turned out for the charity round-up, before the Kentuckians found their mark and shot the invaders into a 42-to-26 submission.
Kentucky was easily the better club on the hardwood, but the Wildcats did not assert superiority without some contention from their guests, who present a neat outfit that played exceptionally well for its first game of the season.
Both teams, employing a fast breaking offense, played in spurts with Kentucky doing most of the sputtering, especially on crip shots. The Wildcats appeared to have considerable difficulty with their close-in tries and blew numerous shots under the basket.
McGinnis and Yates Lead
"Little" McGinnis and George Yates led the Wildcat offense and gathered in 15 and 13 points respectively, with Jake Bronston earning the glory in the defensive department. The Kentucky defense manipulated around the former Lexington high athlete, who turned in one of his best performances, defensively, of his college career.
Capt. Ramey Hunter, bull of the Thundering Herd, caused the Kentuckians their most grief of the evening and matched McGinnis' 15 points to score more than half of Marshall's total points. High scorer of the West Virginia Conference last season, Hunter treated the Lexington fans to a bit of his ability by scoring from almost every position on the court.
Marshall's zone defense was built around Marvin Laid, six foot two inch guard, who gave the Wildcats a fit in getting the ball off the backboard.
The game got away to a slow start, as far as scoring was concerned, and in the first 10 minutes only seven points had been registered, four by Kentucky and three by the visitors. Marshall lost the chance to break the ice when Hunter blew a free throw and Capt. Carey Spicer followed in quick order with a crip.
In the last five minutes of play in the first half, the Cats had their first inspiration and ran the count to 15 o 4 before letting Hunter to the 17-foot line where he dropped one through the mesh. The half ended with Kentucky leading 19 to 8, but not before Bronston, with a long one from the center of the floor, and Hunter with a goal from almost as far back on the court gave the spectators something to talk about during the rest period.
Kentucky maintained its 11-point margin until the score reached 28 to 17. Here the Cats went on another spurt, running it up to 33 to 17. Stark slipped a free throw through the basket and Kentucky set out again piling up a 40-to-18 count, at which point Coach Rupp sent in Sale, Trott and Worthington to take up the fight.
Toward the end of the game, the play got ragged and showed the Kentuckians have not reached the point where they can go the route in perfect style, nothing unusual at this stage in the season.