- Saturday, December 7 1940 -
Alumni - 25 (Head Coach: John DeMoisey)
Kentucky - 62 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 37, Alumni 14
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Game Writeup - by Laurence Shropshire, Lexington Herald
Wildcat Cagers Wallop Alumni Quintet 62-25
Varsity Ahead 37-14 at Half
Some ghosts of all-America and all-conference performers of yesteryear huffed and puffed over the shiny floor in the University of Kentucky's Alumni gymnasium last night, and along with a lot of belabored breathing they exhibited some flashes of old-time form that brought back pleasant memories for fans who had watched them in their heyday.
It matters little that Baron Adolph Rupp's newest crop of doughty Wildcats scorched the nettings to such an extent that they handed a 62-25 lacing to their alumni foes.
That display of bucket-busting mightily pleased the student contemporaries of the current Cats, who hadn't seen the old grads when they were putting Kentucky on top in the basketball world, but what mattered most to the old heads in the crowd of close to 2,000 that watched U.K.'s court inaugural for the season were those glimpses of the past.
Take Early Lead
The alumni "ghosts," some of 'em baldish and a little drawn and pale, especially after a couple of minutes of racing up and down the long court, and some of 'em a little oversize, such as French DeMoisey, who used to play at 170 pounds and now lumbers around with 240 on his frame, made a great contest of it - but only for 10 minutes.
They had gotten off on top when Aggie Sale, that great all-American of nearly a decade ago, plunked a free throw, and at the end of 10 minutes they had held the Wildcats to an 11-10 margin, but by that time they were looking toward the bench for relief.
Dreadnaught DeMoisey and some of his fellow bench-warmers finally gave into the pleading glances tossed them by panting alumni mates, and shortly after the relief crew went onto the floor the Wildcats began to pull away.
The count at the half was 37-14 and a dozen half-dead alumni.
Before the finish, Rupp had tossed 15 of his sprightly youngsters into the fray, and an even dozen of them took part in running up the score on the former greats. By some miraculous powers, all of the alumni were still able to stand on their feet at the finish, perhaps due to the lift they had derived for the cold drinks they rushed out to guzzle as soon as the whistle ended the first half.
Real star of the encounter unquestionably was Sale, whose passing and artful ball-handling was almost as sharp as it was when he was in his prime. His play caused Coach Rupp to remark afterward, with some exaggeration as to age but not in fact, that "Sale at 50 is still better than anything I've got at 20."
There were other highlights in the alumni performances, such as the still-effective faking of Dave Lawrence, the close-to-the-floor dribbling of Andy Anderson, the dogged rebounding of old Warfield (Warhorse) Donohue, and the clean steal of the ball in midfloor by Smoky Joe Hagan and his subsequent drive under the basket for a crip.
Even with the alumni as much out of playing condition as they were, the game might have been a lot closer if their basket eyes had not been so rusty. The former stars didn't lack for shots. They shook loose for numerous pokes at the basket, but connected on only 15 per cent.
The varsity, meanwhile, chalked up the grand average of 38 per cent. The Cats would hardly have hit so many, however, if the alumni had not grown weary and relaxed their guarding to such an extent that the varsity was allowed a big percentage of "set" shots.
Action from the game. The UK squad was in white while the Alumni was in dark jerseys. Played identified in the photo include Keith Farnsley (#4), Jim King (#5), Warfield Donohue (#17) and Ralph Carlisle (extreme left)