- Saturday, January 11 1941 -
Kentucky - 43 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
West Virginia - 56 (Head Coach: Dyke Raese)
Halftime Score: West Virginia 28, Kentucky 24
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Game Writeup - Louisville Courier-Journal
West Virginia Blisters Kentucky 56 to 43
Huber and Ticco Play Little
MOUNTAINEERS GET 19 to 15 From Field
Morgantown, W. Va., Jan. 11 (AP) - The West Virginia University quintet put on a blistering finish Saturday to defeat the University of Kentucky basketeers, 56-43, before a near record crowd of 3,100 spectators.
The Mountaineers, led by Rudy Baric, forward, jumped into the lead in the first 10 seconds. The Kentuckians staged a spirited rally at the close of the first period, and again at the start of the second.
Baric, besides turning in a sparkling defensive exhibition, counted 18 points to take individual scoring honors.
His free shot put the Mountaineers ahead, 3-2, shortly after the contest got under way, and they quickly pushed the margin to 14-5 after 10 minutes.
The Wildcats closed with a rush, however, and drew to within four points at 28-24, at the intermission.
Again at the start of the second period the Kentuckians played inspired ball, but the Mountaineers clung to their four-point margin, then steadily drew away to 35-28, after which Baric and his mates tossed in five goals in succession to run the count to 47-32.
For the Mountaineers, opening their home season, it was the fourth win in six starts. It was Kentucky's fifth defeat in 10 games.
Supporting Baric, Scotty Hamilton and Jimmy Ruch counted 12 points each. England, guard, proved Kentucky's best point getter with two goals and five free throws.
West Virginia outscored Kentucky from the floor, 19 goals to 15, and added 18-28 fouls, while the Wildcats netted 13 of 18.
The Kentucky teams which went into Saturday's game was termed by Coach Adolph Rupp to be in worse shape than any he's coached at Kentucky in a long time. His two crack scorers, Capt. Lee Huber and Milton Ticco, were hurt in the Thursday game with Xavier and were unable to play but a couple or three minutes each. Neither was able to work out with the team when it practiced here Friday night.
A foul toss by Ken England in the first few seconds gave Kentucky the only lead it knew in the game. But for the next 10 minutes they couldn't match the blistering pace set by the Mountaineers and dropped behind, 14-5.
It was in the final 10 minutes of the opening period that Kentucky uncorked its only brilliant play of the game.
Game Followup - Louisville Courier-Journal (January 13, 1941)
U.K. Players Call Screwy Loss Saturday "Tragedy of Errors"
Lexington, Ky., Jan 12 (AP) - A pullman load of battered Wildcats rolled into town Sunday in a mood of cheerful disgust.
The Cats were mad because of the 56-43 beating they took Saturday at West Virginia but their anger was tempered by a futile wisecracking attitude toward the strange occurrences at Morgantown, where they were trounced soundly by a club Kentucky had whipped here in December 46-34.
Described as a "tragedy of errors," the game saw the Kentuckians charged with 29 fouls during the engagement, 18 of them called in the first half.
Before the game was many minutes old, the players reported, three Wildcats had three fouls apiece and from thereon out their style was crippled by caution.
Kenny England, soph guard who started his first games while on the trip which sent the Kentuckians against Xavier at Cincinnati and against West Virginia at Morgantown, explained that six baskets were taken away from the Cats on charges of "walking."
What amused Milt Ticco, another sophomore (he got 26 points at Cincinnati), was the fact that half the lights went out during the last part of the second half at Morgantown. "The dark was all right," said Tick, "because the refs couldn't see what we were doing. They stopped calling so many fouls on us."
Capt. Lee Huber, his knee under a heat lamp, was studying a basketball dictionary and looking up "tagging." Huber said a foul was called against him because he "tagged" a West Virginia player. "I've been in plenty of games, but never heard of 'tagging'" said Huber. "Maybe I can find it under the girls' rules?"
To big Adolph Rupp, coach of the Kentuckians, the affair at West Virginia had its "debatable aspects" but the fact remains "we were clipped by 13 points, which amounts to bad beating."
With a record of five wins and five loses at this point in the campaign, Kentucky has many problems. The Wildcat situation is intensified by three injured players.
Ticco has a swollen leg which will be X-rayed Monday for a possible fracture, England has a ripped cartilage in one knee and Huber is lamed by an old high school charley horse which came to life at West Virginia.
Ticco, after his sensational performance against Xavier, played only two minutes against West Virginia. Huber, the mainstay of the club, battled the Mountaineers for only three minutes.
Asked why England started both road games, Rupp announced:
"We are building not for next year, but for February. The Southeastern Conference games that mean so much to us are coming up now and we've got to get in shape for them. I'm still looking for a winning combination.
"I hope Tennessee keeps going like it has been for the last three games," said Rupp. "I know Tennessee is a fine team, but for some reason it has lost its last three games to Virginia, Marshall and Alabama. But, I hope they are still in the depression when we get down there."