- Monday, January 8 1945 -
Arkansas State - 6 (Head Coach: J.A. Tomlinson)
Kentucky - 75 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
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Halftime Score: Kentucky 41, Arkansas State 6
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Game Writeup - by Bob Adair, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Roll Over Arkansas State Quintet, 75-6
If there is such a thing as a field day in basketball, the Kentucky Wildcats had one last night when they swamped the Arkansas State Travelers, 75-6, before about 2,800 fans at Alumni gym.
It wasn't even a good scrimmage for the nation's leading cage team, and Coach Adolph Rupp allowed his regulars to take a shower after the first half. Four of the starting quintet, which rolled up a 20-3 margin before the reserves took over, played just five minutes. All told, 18 Wildcats saw action in the abbreviated landslide.
Big Alex Groza, the Cats' leading scorer, who had gone home for a visit, didn't even bother to come back for the game, but will be on hand Saturday night when Kentucky plays Michigan State's Spartans on the local court. That night will be "Farewell to Groza Night" at Alumni gym since the lanky pivotman will enter the armed services at Columbus, Ohio, next Monday.
Howe Leads Scoring
Kenton (Dutch) Campbell, who replaced Groza in the starting array last night and who probably will succeed him in future contests, turned in a good performance during his short appearance. he registered 10 points on four field goals and two free throws, but had to be content with second place in the scoring. Jim Howe, second-string guard, led the onslaught with 12 points on six field goals, several times stealing the ball from the hapless Travelers and dribbling the length of the court for easy buckets.
Some credit must be given to the Arkansas State performers, who neither claimed nor expected to be basketball players when the season started. They make up the third squad the Jonesboro, Ark., school has had since returning to hardwood competition this year after a year's absence from the sport. It was their fifth loss in as many starts.
Coach Tomlinson of the Travelers explained that he had some very good prospects when the game was scheduled but that all of them were inducted into the armed services. Altogether, Arkansas State has lost 18 players to the services since November.
After the game, Tomlinson jokingly said 'no comment' when members of the press drifted into the dressing room.
Rupp and Ready
Although Coach Rupp admitted that "a game like that isn't much indication of anything," he intimated that he thought the Wildcats were on the beam anyway, and said he hoped they were "that ready" when opponents like Notre Dame, Tennessee and Georgia Tech are met.
Kentucky got the opening tip-off and scored as Campbell whiffed the nets with a short one-hander. Wells of the visitors cashed a free shot when fouled by Johnny Stough, making it 2-1, and Jack Tingle and Jack Parkinson followed with field goals to make it 6-1.
Tingle came back for a followup shot and Arkansas State called time out with less than two minutes gone. Long one by Stough and Parkinson, a rebound by Tingle and two free throws by Campbell ran the count to 16-3. Wells having hit a twister for the Travelers after Stough's basket.
Campbell and Stough notched successive crips for a 20-3 advantage with five minutes gone and Rupp called it a night for all of the starters but Campbell.
Wells Gets Basket
Lonnie Nelson, Buddy Parker and Howe took up where the other had left off, running the digits to 26-3, and then Wells got a pushup for Arkansas State's second and last field goal of the evening.
Bill Sturgill connected from in front of the board, Howe got a rebound, and Nelson flipped one in from close up. That made is 32-5 and Rupp replaced most of the second team with third-stringers.
Sturgill got a long one from the side before Wayne Gibson, sub for the visitors, converted a charity attempt for the Travelers' last point of the game. After that the clock seemed to tick off the minutes on the double, which was somewhat slower than the Wildcats were flipping goals.
Jim Durham and Ernest Sparkman were the next to tally, and Ed Allin made it 40-6 with a short one-hander. Sparkman's free throw ended the scoring for the first half.
Play Becomes Ragged
Nelson and Parker, forward, Campbell, center and Sturgill and Howe, guards opened for the Wildcats in the second period and ran the scoreboard to 53-6 before Rupp again started sending in the tail-enders.
Play became a bit wild from there out, but the avalanche of Kentucky points continued. Deward Compton, Singleton Yeary, Chester Duff, Jack Schiffli, Allin and Sparkman collaborated for the last 22 points, Duff bagging the last field goal on a rebound. Every player except Wilbur Schu, regular forward who played just five minutes, consequently finished with at least two point.
Kentucky had 36 field goals and three free throws in eight attempts, all of the latter coming in the first half, and was charged with eight personal fouls. Arkansas State had two field goals, both of them by Wells; cashed two of nine gratis chances, one of them by Wells, and was called for six personal fouls.
Vulich May Return
It was announced by Coach Rupp that George Vulich, six-foot, eight-inch center who was understudy to All-American Bob Brannum last season, had made plans to return to the University. Vulich, who has been working in his home state of Indiana, is expected to be a valuable to the Wildcats if he returns.