- Saturday, February 2 1952 -
(at Chicago, IL)
Kentucky - 71 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Ranked 1st by AP]
Notre Dame - 66 (Head Coach: John Jordan) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Notre Dame 39, Kentucky 33
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Game Writeup - by Wilfrid Smith, Chicago Tribune
Notre Dame is Beaten, 71-66, by KentuckyNotre Dame's basketball men gave it the old college try last night in the second game of a double header at the Stadium, but Kentucky, defending National collegiate champions, surged ahead late in the third quarter after the lead had changed eight times, and then moved steadily to a 71 to 66 victory.
A crowd of 15,965 including more than a thousand Notre Dame students, saw De Paul defeat Cincinnati, 62 to 48, in the opener, then watched the Wildcats win their 17th victory in 19 games and their 11th straight in this campaign.
Dick Rosenthal, sophomore center, led the Irish attack with 25 points with excellent support from Leroy Leslie, who missed some action because of injury and then was excused in the last minute on fouls. Frank Ramsey, who made 10 of 11 shots from the penalty line and six field goals paced Kentucky.
Rosenthal, Bertrand Star
Rosenthal's shooting and work under the backboards were sensational. Joe Bertrand, sophomore forward, also played an excellent first half but slowed amazingly in the third and fourth quarters.
The Irish forward trio performed beyond expectations, and the Irish guard, Jerry McCloskey and Jim Gibbons, turned in a fine first half considering that they were pitched into the starting quintet by ineligibility yesterday of Don Strasser, Entree Shine and John Stephens.
There was no question, however, but that Kentucky well deserved its triumph. After going ahead, 50 to 49, with 1:35 to play in the third quarter, the Wildcats never were headed and built up a game deciding advantage, 69 to 60, with four minutes left in the battle.
Notre Dame Rallies
Notre Dame rallied to come within four points but Kentucky's poise and ball handling were decisive factors.
Ramsey's 10 free throws in 11 shots were outstanding, but the marksmanship of Bobby Watson, senior guard, who hit seven times on set shots and drive-ins, was equally valuable. Cliff Hagan, Kentucky center, and Shelby Linville completed the Wildcats' diversified attack.
Teams Tied Five Times
Hagan opened the scoring and the count was tied five times in the first period in which the lead changed three times. The teams were deadlocked after 10 minutes, 17 to 17. Notre Dame led 39 to 33 at the intermission with its best percentage shooting of the game.
In the third period, the Irish worked to a 46 to 38 lead but Kentucky picked up four penalty points, three by Ramsey, and one on McCloskey fouls.
Watson then came thru with three consecutive field goals to set the stage for the final winning drive. . .
Cliff Hagan (#6) looks on as Notre Dame and UK players fight for the ball
Notre Dame's Dick Rosenthal shoots while Lou Tsioropoulos (#16) begins to block out Leroy Leslie
Notre Dame's Jack Stephens and Joe Bertrand (#8) reachs for the ball as does Kentucky's Lou Tsioropoulos (#16) and Bobby Watson (#38). Looking on are Note Dame's Leroy Leslie (#17), Jim Gibbons (#7) and UK's Cliff Hagan (#6)