- Monday, March 20 1944 -
NIT (at New York, NY)
Kentucky - 46 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Utah - 38 (Head Coach: Vadal Peterson)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 24, Utah 24
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Game Writeup - by Louis Effrat, New York Times
Wildcat Quintet Beats Utah, 46-38
Sharpshooting of Parkinson for Kentucky Marks Fast Contest at Garden
It will be Kentucky vs. St. John's and the Oklahoma Aggies vs. De Paul in tomorrow night's semi-final round of the seventh annual national invitation college basketball tournament. For last night, before a crowd of 16,273 at Madison Square Garden, the Wildcats of Kentucky and the Aggies came through as expected in their quarter-final encounters.
Kentucky's victim was the mystery team of the tournament, the University of Utah, and the score was 46-38, while Oklahoma A. and M. maintained control virtually all the way and routed Canisius of Buffalo, 43-29.
Unlike the first game, when everything pointed toward the triumph for the Aggies, the nightcap was a thrilling affair, in which the Utes proved themselves a surprisingly good ball club, capable of keeping pace with the best of them until they wilted in the second half.
Catches Fancy of Crowd
This group of one-handed shooters, not quite as hard-driving an aggregation as Kentucky, but loaded with spirit, immediately won the fancy of the crowd and for a long time appeared capable of springing an upset.
That they failed in their quest may be attributed to the remarkable sharpshooting of Jack Parkinson, who tossed in 20 points, throwing from all angles. Also, the dark horses from Ogden missed numerous golden opportunities from close range. All in all, it was a fine contest, much more interesting than the opener.
The first three minutes found the Utes suffering immeasurably from stage fright, but once they clicked, they matched the heavily favored Wildcats in every department, except foul-shooting. There they fell down and in the end, this fault helped send them down to defeat.
Brimful of color and pep, the Utah player, with Herb Wilkinson and Arnold Ferrin worrying the opposing team plenty, held Kentucky to 24-24 at the end of the half and early in the second period forged slightly ahead.
Wildcat Ace Off Floor
In Utah's favor was the fact that Kentucky ace, Bob Brannum, who had been charged with three fouls after seven and a fraction minutes and had left the floor, was on the bench.
With Brannum, dangerous every minute he is on the court, inactive, Utah's problem was eased somewhat. However, Brannum returned and with this lad and Parkinson showing the way, the Wildcats soon stepped up the pace and in a flash held a 34-28 edge.
That the Utes were fading, following their magnificent showing, was obvious and though for a few minutes they drew within four points of the leaders, the end was in sight. Brannum, in spite of his long absence, wound up with 11 points, while Wilkinson's total was 15 and Ferrin's 13.
Kentucky won going away, but the Wildcats certainly had their hands full. In victory, they turned in a business-like job that, if nothing else, will stamp them as favorites over St. John's, Joe Lapchick, coach of the Brooklyn Redmen, admitted he was the most worried spectator in the Garden.
Utah's Fred Sheffield passes to Wat Misaka as Jack Tingle contests
Bob Brannum secures the ball away from Utah's Herb Wilkinson
Rudy Yessin (#13) fights with Utah's Wat Misaka (#21) and Boby Lewis (#31) for a loose ball while Bob Brannum (#18) looks on from under the goal