- Saturday, March 14 1942 -
(at Louisville, KY)
Kentucky - 47 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Great Lakes - 58 (Head Coach: J. Russell Cook)
|Forrest Anderson (*)||3||1||2||2||7|
|Lee Huber (*)||2||1||1||1||5|
|Jim Van Orsdel||1||0||0||0||2|
Halftime Score: Great Lakes 30, Kentucky 17
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Alabama 36 - 34|||||Illinois 46 - 44|
Game Writeup - by Tommy Fitzgerald, Louisville Courier-Journal
Great Lakes Five Downs Kentucky Wildcats 58-47
St. Xavier Tops Male in Prelim
Games Earn $6,000 for Navy Relief
The Great Lakes - that great collection of five freshwater bodies -sent its Naval Training basketball team - another great collection of fresh-looking bodies - to Louisville Saturday night and it didn't take an awed crowd of 9,000 persons, the largest assemblage for a basketball game in the South, very long to discern which of the Great Lakes was named after its basketball team. It was Superior, one and all agreed, as the Sailors turned in that brand of basketball to down University of Kentucky, Southeastern Conference champions, by 58-47 in an interesting although one-sided game that is expected to realize $6,000 or more for the Navy Relief Society.
The game itself might have been much closer if Kentucky could have sunk a few of the many flings it took at the elusive hoop in the first 13 minutes of play. The Cats, however, couldn't hit a thing and it was 13-mournful minutes for Coach Adolph Rupp before Mel Brewer finally connected for U.K.'s first field goal on a bat-in.
Until Mel delivered it was beginning to look as if the Cats couldn't have hit the Great Lakes themselves if they had fallen in them.
This shooting errancy enabled the Sailors, who tossed in goals left-handed, right-handed, under-handed, overhanded, two-handed and everyhanded way except second-handed, to pile up a 21-4 lead.
Getting 17 points behind the Sailors is equivalent to getting behind so many eight balls. After Brewer broke the ice, the Cats more than matched the Sailors cube for cube, but they couldn't have overcome the Tars with chloroform.
With Kenny England, who shared high point honors for the Cats with Milt Ticco with 10 points, leading the attack, the Cats sanded the Navy's big bulge to 30-17 by halftime. Twice in the second half, the Cats edged a trifle closer - at 30-19 and at 58-47, the final count - but 11 points were their nearest approach after the first 10 minutes of the game.
Trying to name a star on the Great Lakes team is like trying to contend there is only one fish in the Great Lakes. Almost all of them are former collegiate all-Americans and each is outstanding in his fashion, but last night was the time for "Junie" Andres, the Jeffersonville, Ind., boy and big Dick Klein to shine with a little more lustre than the others.
"Junie" whistled through five perfect long shots and after a while began to test the credulity of the customer that it all was on the level. They began to suspect the use of looking glasses or of some other magical trick.
The massive Klein, a former all-American at Northwestern, controlled the banking board as if he were the majority stockholder. He was almost unstoppable on rebounds and spirmers as he turned in 14 points in the second half alone.
Between halves, Gov. Keen Johnson welcomed the Navy team and their leaders to Kentucky and expressed confidence in the success of our war effort if the Sailors are able to sink Jap ships and sink German planes with the same skill with which they sank baskets.
Rear Admiral John Downes of Great Lakes expressed the Navy's appreciation to the Navy League and The Courier-Journal and Times, promoters of the benefit program, and to the citizens of Louisville and Kentucky who, through their attendance, made the program such an outstanding success.
"The entire world is at war," the Rear Admiral said in solemn tones, "but we pause a moment in this great struggle in all history to witness a fine athletic contest between two of the Nation's outstanding basketball teams. This contest, however, has a meaning far greater than merely providing an evening of entertainment. It drives home the fact that athletics are of utmost importance during wartime."
He stressed that athletics promote three requisites most essential in molding of men to be good sailors in wartime and good citizens in peacetime.
"These things," he said, "are clean living, sportsmanship and team play. The United States is now building the greatest Navy the world has ever known and without men in whom were deeply imbedded those fundamentals of clean living, sportsmanship and team play, the many ships now sliding down the ways would be worthless.
After urging the young men present to investigate the opportunities the Navy offers for specialized talents in order that they might serve their country to the fullest extent of their ability, he outlined the purposes for the organization of a basketball team at Great Lakes.
"These," he said, "are threefold: To bring the Navy home to the people of the Midwest; to provide entertainment for the recruits at Great Lakes, and to raise funds for the Navy Relief Society, which cares for the widows and orphans of those who give their lives that America may be free."
In addition to the $6,000 or more of net proceeds from the game, $195 was raised through the auctioning by Radiocaster Don Hill of two basketballs. A bid of $100 by Dan Metz, 2323 Woodford, took one of them and a $95 offer by Lee Durning, 306 Claremont, took the other.
Heightening the military atmosphere of the program were the presence of sailors and legionnaires in uniform as ushers and the playing of martial airs by the bands of Jefferson Post, St. Xavier High and Male High.
In a prelim, St. X. defeated Male 37-28 for the Seventh regional championship.
The victory over Kentucky was the 30th in 35 starts for Great Lakes against the best college teams in the Nation.
Game Preview - Louisville Courier-Journal
In order for Louisville to feel more acquainted with the Great Lakes players during their stay, Lt. E.A. Thompson of the Great Lakes Public Relations Department furnishes a complete set of thumbnail sketches, as customary in military service:
John Adams of Beebe, Ark., 6 feet 2 inches, 175 pounds, three-year letterman at the University of Arkansas. Led his team through a Southwest Conference season without a defeat and into the final of the National Collegiate Tourney.
Forrest Anderson of Gary, Ind., 6 feet, 165 pounds, replaced the famous Hank Luisetti at Stanford; stood out in Pacific Coast Conference competition. Made All-Conference team.
Ernie Andres, 5 feet 11 inches, 210 pounds, hails from Jeffersonville, and rated as an All American at Indiana University. "Junie, " as Louisville knows him, played pro baseball with the Louisville Colonels. Set a scoring record of 31 points in a game at Indiana.
Frank Baumholtz, 5 feet, 10 inches, 175 pounds, comes from Midvale, Ohio, and starred brilliantly enough to win All-American acclaim at Ohio U. He set a state record by scoring 1,100 points in three years. Excels also in baseball, being the property of the Cincinnati Reds.
Les Bruckner, 5 feet, 11 inches, 210 pounds from Milan, Mich., starred under Louisville's Tom King at Michigan State, in football and won letters in basketball. He also goes in for baseball and track.
Bob Calihan, 6 feet, 4 inches, 195 pounds, traces his basketball beginning to Chicago but won All-American fame at Detroit. He broke scoring records each of his three years of college competition, hitting 322 points in his senior year.
Jim Currie, 6 feet 2 inches, 180 pounds, gained Northwestern fame right in the shadows of his home in Evanston, Ill. He starred at guard for three years on the Purples.
Lee Huber, 5 feet, 11 inches, 180 pounds, boasts Louisville as his home and Kentucky as his alma mater. He captained the Wildcats in 1941, won All-Southeastern Conference recognition and pastimed with the College All Stars in Chicago's annual College-Pro game.
Dick Klein, 6 feet 3 inches 200 pounds, another Evanston lad, who gained All-American recognition at Northwestern. He finished second in Big Ten scoring. He's a baseballer too, Cleveland holding a claim on him.
John Lobsiger, 6 feet 3 inches 170 pounds, went all the way from Gary, Ind. to gain fame and All-American mention at Missouri.
Bill Menke, 6 feet 3 inches 185 pounds, rounds out the Indiana players on the squad. From Huntingburg, Ind., Menke went to All-American fame at Indiana, setting the all-time scoring record for the Hoosiers and landing among the first five in the Big.
George Rung, 6 feet 185 pounds, hails from Cleveland and won his spurs at Miami University, where he also was All-Conference three years. He too belongs to the Cleveland Indians.
Jim Van Orsdel, 5 feet 11 inches 185 pounds, comes from Norwood, Ohio, and led Miami U. cagers in scoring, made All-State.
Bob White, 6 feet 3 inches 180 pounds, lists Evanston, Ill., as his home, and Dartmouth as his alma mater.
Kentucky's Ermal Allen (#5) reaches for the ball. In the background is UK's James King (#5) and former Kentucky player Lee Huber (#16). In the foreground is big Dick Klein (#23)
Kentucky's Mel Brewer (#15) and Ermal Allen guard Great Lakes' Bill Menke (#9) as Bob Calihan (#17) looks on.
Former Wildcat Lee Huber (#16) watches Ermal Allen reach between a Great Lakes' player's legs for the loose ball