- Saturday, December 7 1957 -
Temple - 83 (Head Coach: Harry Litwack)
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Kentucky - 85 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Ranked by ]
Halftime Score: Temple 35, Kentucky 34
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Game Writeup - by Herb Good, Philadelphia Inquirer
Hatton Knots 1st Extra Set on 47-Footer
Wildcat Ace Tallies Last 6, But Rodgers, Brodsky High at 24
LEXINGTON, Ky., Dec. 7 -- Vern Hatton, 6-3 senior University of Kentucky backcourtman, pulled victory out of Temple University's grasp by sinking a sensational 47-foot shot as the buzzer ended a five-minute overtime session tonight. But two additional extra periods were needed before Hatton finally was able to give the unbeaten Wildcats their third straight triumph, 85-83.
Hatton scored the last six Kentucky points of the third overtime period to tip the scales in a super-duper thriller that was filled with such suspense that one of the 12,300 died from the excitement before it was over. Even so, Temple's Mel Brodsky had a chance to extend the overtime, but missed a short side shot in the last furious seven seconds.
William Baughn, former Lexington City commissioner, collapsed from a heart attack in the last 30 seconds of regulation play, which ended 65-65 when Hatton converted a free throw with 1:14 left and another with 49 seconds remaining to erase a 65-63 Temple lead.
Temple forged into a 69-65 lead in the opening minutes of the first five-minute extra period only to have Kentucky rally for a tie at 69. However, when All-America Guy Rodgers, who helped pace the losers with 24 points, spun away from his guard and connected on a short jumper with three seconds left, it seemed certain Temple had the game in the bag.
But the never-say-die Wildcats called a time out with one second left, just as they had done before time expired in regulation play. On that occasion, Adrian Smith, taking a throw in at the center line from John Crigler, missed in a long desperate heave.
The second time Crigler put the ball into play, he threw it in to Hatton, about a step in front of the midcourt line. The latter got off a set shot the instant the ball reached his hands, and it arched its way 47 feet to the basket, as the buzzer sounded, and dropped cleanly through the hoop while the crowd went insane.
Temple went ahead in the second extra period at 73-72, on a rebound goal by Jay Norman at 2:37, but Ed Beck grabbed the rebound of Johnny Cox's missed free throw to regain the lead for Kentucky.
When Beck drew a foul against Rodgers with 55 seconds left, he not only cashed the first of two free throws to give the Wildcats a 75-73 lead but sent Rodgers to the sidelines with his fifth personal. The latter had been nursing four from 9:41 of the second half.
Brodsky ties at 75
But Temple wasn't finished. Brodsky converted two fouls with 53 seconds left to tie at 75-75, and the Owls got the ball back and worked Bill (Pickles) Kennedy free for a driving shot that just missed the mark as the second overtime ended.
Kennedy, who tallied 19 points in a tremendous all-around performance that more than upheld the high regard of coach Harry Litwack, created the third tie (81-81) of the third overtime with a short jump shot with 1:53 to go, only to have Hatton break it for keeps with his second goal of the period at 1:40.
Twelve seconds later, Kennedy fouled out when he charged into Hatton on a drive, and the latter made his free throw and a bonus try to give Kentucky an 85-81 lead.
Still the scrappy Owls refused to admit defeat. They pulled within two when Brodsky, a brilliant 24-point performer, again converted two pressure fouls with 1:20 left. Temple still had a chance when Tink Van Patton got the rebound on Hatton's missed free throw with 24 seconds left, but Brodsky's last-ditch shot with seven seconds left skimmed off the rim. So when Kentucky's Beck came down with the rebound, it was all over.
The give-and-take of the overtime play was typical of the entire game. Temple enjoyed the biggest lead -- eight points midway through the first half -- but Kentucky cut it to 35-34 by the intermission, and from then on it was a wild scramble.
The Owls, who certainly didn't lose any stature from their first loss, tackle tough Cincinnati in the Ohio city Monday night before returning home.
Johnny Cox (#24) shoots from the top of the key. Others in the play include Adrian Smith (#50), Ed Beck (#34) and Vernon Hatton (#52)
Vernon Hatton (#52) shoots a desperation shot to put the game into overtime. Temple's Guy Rodgers defends
Bill "Pickles" Kennedy tries to sneak in a layup in front of Johnny Cox (#24)