- Wednesday, March 19 1947 -
NIT (at New York, NY)
Kentucky - 60 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
N. C. State - 42 (Head Coach: Everett Case)
|Norman Sloan (*)||3||0||0||1||6|
Halftime Score: Kentucky 20, North Carolina State 20
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Long Island 66 - 62|||||Utah 45 - 49|
Game Writeup - by Louis Effrat, New York Times
Wildcats Triumph at Garden, 60 to 42
18,472 See Kentucky Trounce North Carolina State After Half-Time Tie at 20-All
Kentucky and Utah moved into the final of the tenth annual national invitation college basketball tournament last night at Madison Square Garden. The top-seeded Wildcats advanced at the expense of North Carolina State, 60-42, after the Utes had upset West Virginia, 64-62. Neither contest was a thriller and most in the crowd of 18,472 persons felt let down.
For some twenty-five minutes the Kentucky-North Carolina State encounter was a tense affair, deadlocked eight times, including a 20-20 standstill at half-time.
The inexperienced Carolina players stymied the Wildcats with a sliding man-to-man defense and the Kentuckians did themselves little good by missing often. However, the losers failed to capitalize on Kentucky's wildness during the opening period, even if they were happy enough to have kept in step with the heavily favored defending champions.
Pace Quickens After Half
But the pace quickened following the intermission, and the Wildcats proceeded to make amends. Their shooting improved and they managed to break in close more often than in the initial half. With Ralph Beard sparking the attack, Kentucky proved its all-around superiority and triumphed going away.
It was, for the most part, a roughly waged, lack-luster contest in which whistle blowing by the officials played an important role.
Fifty-one fouls were called, with Kentucky counting 22 points on free throws and North Carolina State notching 14 on penalty tosses. However, once the Wildcats started to hit with their floor shots in the second half, the Wolfpack's fate was sealed.
The turning point developed in the second period and brought into prominence a freshman, Jim Line. He was not used by Coach Adolph Rupp in the preliminary game and might not have been called upon last night until a trio of Wildcats were hanging on, each charged with four fouls.
Line Changes Picture
Rather than risk a fifth infraction by one of his aces, Coach Rupp nodded to Line. Immediately upon his appearance on the floor, this 6-foot-2 inch yearling from Akron, Ohio, changed the complexion of things.
With a spectacular left-handed shot Line handed his mates a much-needed lift. Before time ran out he had caged three field goals and two free throws, and while Kentucky's margin of victory was greater in the end, his baskets came at the most opportune moments.
Still there was much to be said in favor of Beard, who led the scorers with fifteen points; Alex Groza, Wah-Wah Jones and the other Wildcats. The over-all speed of the squad from Lexington, Ky., its greater depth and experience and its harder driving, all of these took their toll of the Wolfpack, a well-coached, imaginative aggregation that went just as far as it could go.
That the Wolfpack, tutored by Ev. Case, threw a scare into the Wildcats for more than one half is in itself a pat on the back for the beaten quintet. Jack McComas scored 12 points and was high man for North Carolina State.