- Thursday, December 18 1924 -
Indiana - 20 (Head Coach: Everett Dean)
Kentucky - 18 (Head Coach: Clarence Applegran)
|A. T. Rice||1|
Halftime Score: Indiana 12, Kentucky 7
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|Cincinnati 28 - 23|||||Michigan 11 - 21|
Game Writeup - Lexington Herald
Indiana Out-Games Kentucky in Final Few Minutes to Win by Two
Wildcats Off in Their Play
Giving first thought to their defense, which when in full force, presented an unbreakable red barrier around the foul line, and working their attack with Sponsler, dribbling star as the main cog, the quintet of the University of Indiana defeated Kentucky 20 to 18 last night in the new gymnasium. The defeat in no respect humbles the Wildcats, who were decidedly off in their play and the Hoosiers represent the class in the Western Conference.
The Wildcats too played a defensive game, with Burgess Carey, at times all by himself, fighting back the Indiana attack and never failing to take the ball off the backboard when a Hoosier shot missed its mark.
Both teams were forced to make their attempts for goal from past the foul line and ability to sink a greater percentage of their attempts at long range gave the visitors their victory.
Kentucky made a great fight in the last half to overcome what seemed an almost impossible lead but the Wildcats shaded the visitors' score a few minutes before the end of the game, only to lose it again in the last minute.
Game Slow in First Half
The contest was slow in the first half with the players of both quintets having difficulty keeping their feet on the slippery floor. The Wildcats also had trouble in holding on to the ball and many times fumbled at a time when their attack appeared to be in good working order.
Several minutes before the end of the initial frame, the Hoosiers broke a tie score and sent three field goals crashing through the net and took their between halves rest with the score, 12 to 7, in their favor.
Right at the start of the second period, Indiana counted again and had doubled the score on the Wildcats. Kentucky tallied two fouls and a field goal and the Hoosiers counted another field goal.
Coach Applegran's men became desperate at this stage and sent the ball at the basket from every distance and direction. They caged three of these and commanded a one point lead. Indiana also was lobbing them at the mesh from the center of the floor and Lother, substitute guard, made one good. "Chuck" Alberts, who took Captain McFarland's place when the latter was ousted on personal fouls, made good a foul throw, to knot up the count.
The winning marker was made by Bordner, substitute ??? with a minute to play and was from the corner ???.
Defense Interesting to Watch
Indiana's method of forming its defensive was interesting to watch and was quite effective. The regular five man defense was employed, but when the Wildcats took a long shot, all of the Hoosiers went to the foul circle and if the shot missed, the ball fell into the hands of a visitor.
They then started their offensive in which the short pass was used, but when the ball reached Sponsler he dribbled the ball down the floor, crossing up Wildcats with comparative ease.
He was the best of the visitors. Kreuger, forward, also is a shifty player and had a good eye for the basket. Lorber and Bordner, sent in as substitutes, kept Indiana in the running in the last half.
Carey easily was the best of the Wildcats. McFarland was far off his game, while Underwood also was slightly below his standard. Rice and "Chuck" Alberts were fighting fools every minute they were in the game.
Referee Head and Umpire Feezle watched every move of the players of both sides and the game was slowed up considerably, especially in the first half, because of apparent misplays. It would have been a much better game if the officiating had not been so close.