- Tuesday, December 31 1963 -
Sugar Bowl Championship (at New Orleans, LA)
Kentucky - 81 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Ranked 1st by AP]
Duke - 79 (Head Coach: Vic Bubas) - [Ranked 9th by AP]
|Jeff Mullins (*)||11||20||4||4||14||3||26|
Halftime Score: Duke 47, Kentucky 37
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Loyola (LA) 86 - 64|||||Georgia Tech 67 - 76|
Game Writeup - Louisville Courier-Journal
Mobley's Shot Clincher; Nash Leads with 30
New Orleans, Dec. 31 -- For 79 minutes and 57 seconds, Terry Mobley suffered through two games of the Sugar Bowl Basketball Tournament as the scoring goat.
Then, in the last three seconds, he quickly became the tourney's hero when he sank a jump shot that gave Kentucky an 81-79 victory over Duke in the final here Tuesday.
Led by the 30 points of brilliant Cotton Nash, the rallying Wildcats battled from behind a 12-point deficit to win their fifth Sugar Bowl championship in their 10th appearance.
Mobley, junior guard from Harrodsburg, produced the dramatic clutch basket in the final tense seconds as Kentucky played out the clock for the last shot. He also sank a corner shot that tied the score 79-79 with one minute, 27 seconds left.
Score Tied at 79-79
Duke, which led 66-58 with about 10 1/2 minutes left in the game, had possession of the ball with the score tied at 79-79. The Blue Devils called a time-out with 59 seconds remaining.
They came out of the huddle with the apparent intention of playing for the last shot. But Louisvillian Ted Deeken batted the ball out of the hands of Hack Tison and sophomore guard Tommy Kron snapped it up.
Kentucky then called a timeout with 47 seconds left. This time, the Wildcats played for the final shot, with little Randy Embry dribbling the ball until he fired a pass to Mobley.
Mobley may have been the last Wildcat the Blue Devils expected to take the vital shot.
For Nash held the hot hand with his 30 points and Deeken, who came to life in the second half, had 18 points.
Only One on Monday
Mobley, meanwhile, had failed to produce in the meet. Carrying a 13.4 point scoring average into the tourney, he scored only one point Monday against Loyola of New Orleans.
Starting again Tuesday, he tallied only seven points - until Embry fired the pass to him. From 13 feet out, Mobley jumped and let fly. The ball hit the backboard and caromed through the basket.
The victory was the 10th of the season for the undefeated Wildcats. It came just after Kentucky had been announced as the nation's No. 1 team in both the Associated Press and United Press International ratings.
Duke, ranked ninth in both polls, now is 7-3.
Mullins Scores 26
Led by Lexingtonian Jeff Mullins, who scored 26 points, and two 6-foot, 10-inch giants, Tison (27 points) and Jay Buckley (12), Duke was in firm command most of the way.
The Blue Devils swept to a 12-point lead at 47-35 just before the end of the first half. They went into the intermission ahead 47-37.
Kentucky, with Nash scoring 20 of his points in the second half, pulled within 51-47 with 18 minutes left in the game.
Duke regrouped and spurted to a 10-point margin again at 61-51 with 14:30 remaining.
Stalwart Kentucky refused to buckle. Instead, it methodically hacked at the Duke lead. With Nash and Deeken bombing away, Kentucky tied the count at 70-all on a 20-footer by Nash with seven minutes left.
Go Ahead at 74-71
The Cats gained a 74-71 lead with 4:45 to go. With 2:15 left, Tison gave Duke a 79-77 margin. Mobley hit from the corner to tie it with 1:27 remaining and then hit the big one.
Deeken scored 18 points - 14 in the last half - and Embry tallied 15.
Defensively, substitute Kron made an important contribution to Kentucky's victory. When starter Larry Conley fouled out with 13:25 left in the game, the 6-6 Kron was summoned.
Kron was assigned to guard Mullins, who had been tearing Kentucky apart with 24 points. The 6-4 Mullins then scored only one field goal while Kron was on him.
Auburn also rallied in the second half to defeat Loyola of New Orleans 62-52 in the consolation game, giving Southeastern Conference teams first and third place in the tournament.
Shortly after the consolation tilt started, a power failure caused by a snowstorm delayed play for 45 minutes. This, in turn, held up the final.
Cotton Nash (#44) looks to pass to Larry Conley (#40) while double-teamed by Duke's Hack Tison (#31) and Jay Buckley (#22)
Action from the game