- Saturday, February 6 1932 -
Duke - 30 (Head Coach: Eddie Cameron)
Kentucky - 37 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Duke 17, Kentucky 14
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Game Writeup - by Neville Dunn, Lexington Herald
A pesky crew of Blue Devils from Duke University almost dismantled the University of Kentucky Wildcats before the eyes of Gov. Ruby Laffoon last night in the University of Kentucky gymnasium, but Rupp's crew finally came through with their twelfth consecutive triumph, 37 to 30.
Governor Laffoon was paying his first official visit to the Wildcats and he, like the rest of the 3,000 fans who jammed their way into the gymnasium, saw the Blue Devils outplay the Ruppmen except for a few minutes after the second half started, during which time the Kentucky lads amassed enough points to win the game.
The Wildcats were behind at the half for the first time this season, 17 to 14, but they came back with such a rush that they scored nine points before Duke could get near the basket, and assumed a five-point lead which they managed to increase by another field goal just before the game ended.
Eddie Cameron, the Duke coach, paraded before the Kentuckians the best team to appear against the Wildcats on the home court this season with the exception of Carnegie Tech. The Blue Devils were well-drilled and played a game, aggressive sort of battle that threatened at any moment to sweep the Wildcats aside. Furthermore, they played alertly and eclipsed the Wildcats badly on rebound work. Even on the tip-off, a part of the game Kentucky usually controls, the Blue Devils took the spotlight away from the Big Blue. Aggie Sale had no trouble outjumping Alpert, the Duke pivotman, but one of the Blue Devils invariably cut in on the play and possessed himself of the ball.
Kentucky was outscored from the field, 14 field goals to 13, and owes its victory to Duke's frequent fouling. Duke made 19 fouls and of 21 opportunities from the free throw line, the Wildcats made 11 good. Kentucky, on the other hand, made only six personal fouls, no one man making more than one, and Duke made only two conversions out of seven free throws.
Duke was forced to guard closely to stop Kentucky's vaunted offense, and in that, its strategy was successful, although in the end, three men had to go out of the game on personals. By that time, however, Kentucky seemed to have the game well in hand, and it is improbable that the loss of these men had any effect on the final outcome. However, Duke lost two of its most brilliant performers via the foul route. Shaw, whose clever dribbling and beautiful work on rebound shots had caused he Wildcats no end of trouble, went out of the game when only four minutes of playing time remained, and Alpert, the center, followed him to the sidelines two minutes later. Colley, a substitute guard, was the first one to leave the game by decree, having fouled Darby for the fourth time midway of the second half.
Kentucky failed to flash any of its customary speed except at the start of the second half, when its offensive overcame Duke's lead and took it far enough out in front to win.
During the rest period between halves, the members of both teams shook hands with Governor Laffoon. The governor and his party, including John Y. Brown, speaker of the house, were the guests of Dr. Frank L. McVey, president of the University.
Today, Coach Adolph Rupp will conduct the Duke players on a tour of the Blue Grass.