- Friday, March 13 1959 -
NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals (at Evanston, IL)
Kentucky - 61 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Final Rank 2nd by AP]
Louisville - 76 (Head Coach: Peck Hickman) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 36, Louisville 28
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Game Writeup - by Richard Dozer, Chicago Tribune
Spartans Win; Kentucky Upset, 76-61
MARQUETTE LOSES, 74-69, IN THRILLER
Louisville Rally Stops No. 2 Team
"The best basketball is not played in tournaments," says Forddy Anderson. And Friday night his Michigan State Spartans and three other outstanding midland teams bore out his belief.
Michigan State and the others put on a helter-skelter display out of which the Spartans and surprising Louisville emerged as regional finalist in the National Collegiate Athletic association tournament.
A capacity throng of 9,200 in Northwestern's McGaw Hall watched the Spartans summon every ounce of their energy and talent to outlast Marquette 74 to 60, after Louisville had swept Kentucky's defending champion Wildcats into the discard, 76 to 61.
Louisville vs. Spartans
So Saturday night on this same Evanston court, Louisville will undertake another giant killing effort, tackling Michigan State's Big Ten champions. The winner of this match - actually a tournament quarter-final - will qualify for a showdown with three other regional champions in Louisville next weekend.
Friday night's games followed similar patterns at the outset, with the favorites Kentucky and Michigan State, each driving to an early 15 point lead.
But whereas Louisville recovered steadily, then won going away, Marquette could only tie. The Warriors, however, hung on doggedly and never were out of it until Bob Anderegg scored three field goals in the final two minutes for Michigan State.
Both games were filled with interceptions, wild passes, and traveling violations. The error tabulation revealed Kentucky had 12 mistakes, Louisville 15, Marquette 14, and Michigan State 16. An error is charged for every failure to get a shot after gaining possession of the ball.
"This was not our best game," said Anderson. "But we've got a team that doesn't panic. And we didn't dare to either, because Marquette was the best board team we've encountered all season."
Indeed it must have been, for only once previously had the Spartans been outclassed in rebounds. Marquette had control of the boards, 58 to 51, and shot brilliantly from outside to close Michigan State's early lead to 24 to 9. Three times thereafter in the opening half the margin was only two points.
Two Jims - McCoy and Kolar - and the Warriors' jumping jack, Walt Mangham, were the outside marksmen who provided the most trouble. The Spartans, however, hit better from close range and wound up with an edge in shooting, 39 per cent to 36.
Kojis Scores 17 Points
But Don Kojis, a Milwaukee sophomore, was a bigger thorn in the Spartans' side, embellishing a 17 point performance with 21 rebounds. John Green scored 18 points for the Spartans and turned in a magnificent defensive job on 6-9 Mike Moran, whose left handed hook shots were not finding the mark.
In the second half, Mangham's goal with 9:22 left brought the only tie, 49 to 49. Green got five points and Olson two in the next minute, and Michigan State was back in the van by seven. But Marquette made another run at the Big Ten champs and closed the gap to 65 to 64 with 3:03 to play.
Anderegg Cashes In
Then Anderegg twisted and turned his way free for three baskets while Kojis was answering with a tip-in for Marquette, and it was 71 to 66 with 57 seconds to go, a margin too wide for the valiant Warriors to overcome.
For Louisville, it was a historical opener. Not since 1922 had the Cardinals beaten Kentucky. The clubs have met only twice since, then, however.
Kentucky's coach Adolph Rupp, deprived of continued pursuit of a fifth N.C.A.A. title, had said with a chuckle before the game, "we're just preliminary boys tonight," and that's what his Wildcats will be again Saturday.
Trail by 15 Points!
The Louisville bombardment was a simple case of supreme desire on the part of the Cardinals who fell behind by 15 points by the middle of the first half while Kentucky was playing errorless basketball.
But the Wildcats' 29 to 14 lead, built largely by a siege of free throw perfection, began to crumble in the late minutes of the half when the Cardinals began to cash steadily at the foul line and trimmed the margin to 36 to 28 at intermission.
Louisville was the whole show in the second half. It caught up at 42 all in the fourth minute, and took charge behind Roger Tieman's ball-hawking antics and some deft shooting by Don Goldstein and Harold Andrews.
The surge that everyone thought would be short lived continued. By the middle of the half, Louisville was on top, 57 to 47, and six minutes later, when Joe Kitchen and Goldstein made four free shots within seconds of each other, the Cardinals were out of reach, 68 to 54.
Louisville's John Turner (#22) skies in for a basket in front of Don Mills (#53)
Louisville's Roger Tieman (#20) flies ahead of Kentucky's Bennie Coffman (#31)
Tieman (#20) drives past UK's Dickie Parsons (#51)