- Saturday, February 25 1922 -
SIAA Tournament (at Atlanta, GA)
Kentucky - 22 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit)
|A. T. Rice||0|
Mercer - 35 (Head Coach: Josh Cody)
|Ed "Smoky" Harper||0|
Halftime Score: Mercer 18, Kentucky 10
|Prior Game|||||Next Game|
|Georgetown College 41 - 21|||||Georgetown College 24 - 13|
Game Writeup - by Morgan Blake, Atlanta Journal and Constitution
Three Great Battles Thrill Big Audience at the Auditorium
The Mercer Baptist pulled the biggest surprise of the tournament when they defeated the University of Kentucky, champions of 1921, by the score of 35 to 22. The game was spectacular from beginning to end and was so hotly fought at times that the play necessarily became too rough. For this reason several players were ejected on account of too many personal fouls.
Both teams were ready and waiting at the opening whistle and a field goal was rung up by both sides to start things off with. Then the Baptists shoved it into high and pulled away from the Kentuckians until the score was 12 to 2. They were never headed again. The score at the end of the first half was 18 to 10 in their favor.
In the second period Mercer never let up one whit and increased their lead even more. The play in this period was especially fierce and the players were sprawling all over the floor a large part of the time.
George Harmon, the flashy little guard of the Mercer team, goes the majority of the credit for his team's victory. Too much cannot be said in praise of his work. He was literally all over the floor at once and his long distance shooting was nothing short of uncanny. Several times he tossed the ball through the basket from over half the length of the court. In all he scored 21 points for the Baptist. Gamble, at center, was also a thorn in the side of the Kentuckians. For the losers, the playing of Atkins at center was best. He tried hard to stave off defeat, but Mercer was not to be stopped in this game. Lavin, at forward, was also a star.