- Saturday, January 3 1931 -
Clemson - 21 (Head Coach: Josh Cody)
|J.D. "Hoot" Gibson||0||3||4||0||3|
|Walter "Ted" Crain||2||3||6||2||7|
Kentucky - 33 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 7, Clemson 6
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Berea 41 - 25|||||Tennessee 31 - 23|
Game Writeup - by Brownie Leach, Lexington Leader
Cats Win First Conference Game, 33-21
Clemson Tigers Lose to Kentucky Quintet
Both Teams Play Indifferently in First Half, Showing Improvement Later; Three Field Goals Scored in Initial Stanza
Displaying the same sort of form they showed in previous starts this season, a ragged beginning with an improved finish, the University of Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night won their fourth consecutive basketball game, 33 to 21, at the expense of Clemson College, their first Southern Conference opponent of the season. About 2,000 fans saw the game.
Both teams played poorly during most of the first period, but came through with an improvement in the final stanza. Only three field goals, two by Kentucky and one by the Tigers, were registered before the rest.
The score at the half-way mark was 7 to 6, with the Wildcats holding the one-point margin.
Kentucky started off as though it would make a runaway affair of the game. Yates tipped to Capt. Spicer who passed to McGinnis as the latter wen under the basket to score a crip. "Little" Mac followed with free throw before the Tigers scored on a free toss by Crain.
Yates Gets Crip
Neither team scored another basket until the first half entered its final six minutes of play. Then Yates annexed two points with a shot from beneath the basket. Davis followed this with a close-in shot to cut the Wildcat lead to 7 to 5. Gibson's free throw in the last few minutes of the half ended the scoring in the first stanza.
During this period, Kentucky shot 40 times at the basket and connected twice, Clemson tried 17 times and scored once. Both teams were missing from every point on the floor.
The Tigers came back in the second period with plenty of pep and ginger and forged into a 10-to-7 lead before Kentucky could score. Sale, who replaced Yates in the lineup, tied the count at 10-all with a crip and free throw. During the next five minutes of play, the Wildcats advanced to 16 points without letting Clemson score.
Add Nine More
In four more minutes Kentucky added nine points while Clemson was getting three and the Wildcats were leading 25 to 13, with six minutes of play.
Sale averaged almost three points per minute for the next three minutes and the Cats were safely in front, 33 to 15, as Coach Rupp sent his reserves into the game. Clemson made the best of the final two minutes and added six points, for a total of 21.
Both teams were hitting the basket more frequently in the final stanza, as the score shows, Kentucky connecting on 11 out of 34 tries and Clemson on five out of 28.
Sale and McGinnis grabbed off all the scoring honors of the night with 11 points each, while Capt. Spicer trailed closely with eight. The former Lawrenceburg player made his from most every position on the floor and tried one while lying flat on his back on the hardwood. Sale also left the game in the final minutes on four personal fouls.
Johnson and Bronston put up a nice defensive game, with the former getting a strong hand as he left the floor in favor of Worthington in the last half.
"Little" McGinnis offered his usual aggressive game.
The Wildcats apparently have their defense pretty well mastered, but need improvement in shooting before they meet the conference big shots, starting with the University of Tennessee Volunteers here next Saturday night.