- Saturday, February 24 1934 -
SEC Tournament (at Atlanta, GA)
Kentucky - 32 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Florida - 38 (Head Coach: Ben Clemons)
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Halftime Score: Florida 22, Kentucky 21
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Vanderbilt 47 - 27|||||Alumni 55 - 8|
Game Writeup - Cincinnati Enquirer
Comes in Dixie Play
When Florida Beats Kentucky, 38-32, In Second Round - Wildcats Trail at Half
Atlanta, Ga., February 24 - (AP) - The University of Kentucky, only team to finish the past season unbeaten and seeded No. 1 was summarily eliminated from the Southeastern Conference Basket Ball championship tournament in the second round here today by a surprisingly alert University of Florida quintet. Alabama, the second ranking team, drove into the semi-finals with a triumph over Mississippi State College, 37 to 25.
Taking the lead early in the game, which was a nip and tuck affair all the way, Florida led Kentucky into the half intermission, temporarily lost the lead midway of the second period and then forced ahead never to be overtaken, winning 38 to 32.
After Florida had rung up a 15-to-8 lead, the Kentuckians, apparently realizing their opponents stronger than they had anticipated, came to life and flashed their championship brand of ball to come within a point of the Gators at half time.
The lead see-sawed back and forth through the last period, with first one and the the other slipping ahead, but seldom to more than one point advantage. With five minutes to play Kentucky led 31 to 30.
Then Welcome Shearer, Florida guard, rung a long, looping field goal and the Gators stepped into the lead for good. Two free throws gave them a 34-to-32 margin and then Shearer came through with two field goals in succession. He was forced out then on excessive fouls, but his damage had been done and the final gun barked before Kentucky could do more toward regaining their lost laurels.
John DeMoisey (#7) and Dave Lawrence (#8) recreate a shot from the Florida game