- Saturday, January 16 1926 -
Georgia Tech - 24 (Head Coach: Harold Hansen)
|William "Tiny" Hearn||3||2||3||1||8|
Kentucky - 25 (Head Coach: Ray Eklund)
Halftime Score: Georgia Tech 13, Kentucky 12
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|Georgetown College 36 - 21|||||Centre College 45 - 25|
Game Writeup - by Norris Royden, Lexington Herald
WILDCATS NOSE OUT GOLDEN TORNADO, 25 TO 24
Superior Speed Gives Kentucky Verdict in furious Net Contest
Georgia Tech's seven-man basketball team, namely "Tiny" Hearn, who played center, standing forward and standing guard, and four others, was rushed backward by a furious Wildcat lunge last night and Kentucky spread a 25 to 24 blanket over the Golden Tornado.
Nearly 3,000 persons, almost the limit that can crowd into the university gymnasium, viewed what was, in the opinion of the majority, the best basketball game they had ever seen.
Kentucky tried several varieties of ways to cut the effectiveness of Hearn, Tech's six-foot-seven center, standing guard and forward and the Wildcats finally hit upon the idea of rushing the ball, the Yellow Jackets and even Referee Johnny Head.
Carrying the fight to the Jackets, the Wildcats bewildered the Atlanta boys with speed. Every one of the Wildcats sped down, across and around the floor with space-eating steps in an effort to prevent the ball from being passed to Hearn.
Makes Three Goals
When the ball was delivered to Hearn, two Wildcats were upon him hopping up and down in an attempt to knock the leather from his hands. Even the alertness of Ray Eklund's warriors couldn't entirely stop Hearn, and he caged three baskets, all of which were of the crip variety.
While the Wildcats weakened their ordinary defense in guarding Hearn, the other Jackets were not asleep and they rolled about the foul line shooting baskets when they could.
The Wildcats were quick to assume the offensive whenever the ball came in their possession and carried the pellet down the floor with short and long passes and dribbling. If they couldn't find the net at close range, the blue-clad cagers tested their eyes from afar with almost equal success.
Every member of the Kentucky team was on his toes, playing his opponent as well as the ball. These rushing tactics wearied the Wildcats, but the Jackets also were hit hard.
Tech's system of offense was obvious. Hearn easily secured the tip-off, but the Wildcats obtained the ball as many times as the Jackets. If Tech was on defense, Hearn rushed to his own goal and with his superior height picked the ball off the backboard and handed it to one of his mates. Several of the Jackets passed the ball around to give Hearn time to reach the Wildcat goal. When he arrived there, one of them, preferably George, forward, passed the ball to Hearn. The latter generally caught these passes, but after he did the Wildcats were on him like five starving hounds on a bone.
Jackets First to Score
The Jackets took a three-point lead at the start of the game, but the Wildcats soon had their passing in working order and assumed a slight advantage which they held until the last few minutes of the first half, when Tech made five successive points to take a 13 to 12 lead as the half ended.
In the second period, the Jackets added another goal to their collection before the Wildcats hit their stride. Kentucky then took the lead at 19 to 16. Tech scored from the field after which the 'Cats ran the score to 23 to 18, the greatest margin either team held throughout the contest. Tech crept up on Kentucky until the score was 23 to 22. Kentucky added another field goal an instant before the Jackets scored their final marker and a scant thirty seconds before the end of the game.
Both teams played remarkably clean basketball despite the intensity of the struggle. Tech had nine chance at free points and made four of them good. Kentucky was given 11 free strolls down easy street and picked up nine points via this method. Mohney tried his hand at six fouls and made each one count.
All of the Wildcats played brilliant floor games, although they missed numerous shots. Jenkins, McFarland, Mohney, Underwood, Alberts and Carey gave all they had at all times. Hearn did his best in his limited (limited by the Wildcats) way, while Rosser and George were hard to cope with in floor play.