- Saturday, February 23 1935 -
Creighton - 13 (Head Coach: Arthur Schabinger)
Kentucky - 24 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Final Rank ]
Halftime Score: Creighton 9, Kentucky 8
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Game Writeup - by Brownie Leach, Lexington Leader
CATS WHIP SMARTER CREIGHTON TEAM, 24-13
BLUEJAYS SWITCH SYSTEM OF PLAY IN SECOND MELEE
Slower Pace Results in Edwards' Being Held to Three Goals
Creighton University's Bluejays made a brilliant effort to outsmart the University of Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night when the two met in the second tussle of a two-game series here, but Kentucky had too much manpower and won, 24 to 13, to sweep the series. The second melee was far different from Friday night's battle when the teams made 105 points between them as Kentucky won, 63 to 42.
In the first game, Creighton carried the scrap to Kentucky from the start and the battle was a wild scoring affair. That style of play was right up the Wildcats alley. So Creighton completely overhauled its offense for the second engagement.
Play Slow Game
Instead of a dazzling pace, the Bluejays chose a slow offense - so slow, in fact, that it bored the spectators, who had anticipated another wild and wooly contest. However it was smart ball on the visitors' part and kept them in front of the Kentuckians for part of the melee, if not for the whole contest.
Eight minutes of the second half had been played before Edwards, who has scored 318 points this season, got his first field goal. For the entire evening he was limited to three field goals.
But it seemed the Kentucky pivot ace spent half the night on the free throw line as a result of numerous fouls called on Creighton's men who were guarding him. to his three field goals he added eight charity tosses out of 14 tries for a total of 14 points, which again gave him high scoring honors.
Every foul called on the Creighton team was committed on Edwards. Altogether the Bluejays were charged with nine personal fouls against five for the Wildcats. The majority of fouls were called on the visitors when Kentucky attempted to drive into the hoop, while it appeared the best Creighton could get under similar circumstances was a "held ball."
Creighton players protested to the referee several times that the Wildcats defense was hacking, and each protest brought forth healthy and unsportsmanlike booing from Kentucky's student section. Any player has a right to complain to the officials.
It was apparent from the start of Saturday night's tussle that there wasn't going to be a lot of scoring. It was a strange contrast to the first game. Only one point - a free throw by Edwards - was scored in the first five minutes of action. Friday night 22 points had been made in the first five minutes.
Another free throw by the Wildcat pivot man and a long field goal by Donohue sent the Wildcats farther in front, before Creighton started scoring. However, it was not until the last eight minutes of the first period that the Bluejays succeeded in overhauling the Cats and tying the score at seven points.
Edwards gave the Wildcats another free throw to give them an 8-7 margin, but Busch slipped through the Kentucky defense for a crip that put Creighton ahead by a 9-8 margin which they held at the half.
Fumbling and bad passing cost Creighton at least three field goals in the last minute of the first half. Twice Engelbretson dropped the ball and lost possession of it when he was open under the hoop. On the third mishap Busch lost control of the ball after he had dribbled half the length of the floor and reached the hoop unmolested.
Kentucky tried to start a fast game as the second half got away at the hoop from almost every position but failed to connect for more than six minutes. Meanwhile, Trish dribbled in for a crip that put Creighton ahead by 11-8.
Lewis got the Wildcat scoring into action when he rebounded a shot for a field goal. The speed of the game picked up and Edwards registered his first tally and then Lawrence pushed a couple of his fancy shots through the hoop. Edwards added another free throw and the Wildcats held a 17-11 lead with eight minutes of play left.
Creighton never threatened Kentucky's lead again. The Wildcats' margin was cut to 17-13 when Busch dribbled in for Creighton's only field goal in the second period. After that basket Edwards displayed a little of his Friday night strength and the Wildcats pulled away to their safe lead.
Engelbretson Held Down
Like Edwards, Creighton's ace scorer, Engelbretson, found scoring much harder Saturday night. But it was because of another reason. The Creighton forward missed many tries at the basket, while Edwards didn't get as many shots. Kentucky's shooting, however, was much worse than in the first game.
The Bluejays also gave the Wildcats fewer chances to rebound Kentucky shots. Throughout most of the game Creighton took the ball off the backboard and cut down Edwards' devastating work under the bucket.
Kentucky went through the melee without a substitution - another marked contrast to Friday night when Coach Adolph Rupp used approximately three teams. Creighton used only one reserve, but he alternated twice with Trish.
Members of the visiting club called Kentucky the best team they had faced all season, and Coach A.A. Schabinger, after the contest, said "That Edwards boy is a dream and he has excellent support from the remainder of the Kentucky team. I would like to borrow him from Kentucky for next season."
The Wildcats will not play again until next Saturday night when they close their Southeastern Conference competition against Vanderbilt here. The following Thursday night Kentucky ends its scheduled against Xavier University on the local floor. Both Vandy and Xavier have been beaten by the Wildcats.