- Monday, January 16 1928 -
Kentucky - 31 (Head Coach: John Mauer)
Virginia - 28 (Head Coach: Henry Lannigan)
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Halftime Score: Kentucky 15, Virginia 10
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|Vanderbilt 43 - 23|||||Navy 26 - 32|
Game Writeup -
Wildcats Bump Virginia
Owens, Combs Shine; Latter Has 12 Points; Is Brilliant Exhibition
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Jan. 16. -- The University of Kentucky Wildcats, heralded previous to their coming here as a brilliant basketball team more than lived up to their reputation here tonight by scoring a spectacular 31 to 28 victory over the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The Kentuckians achieved victory in the most exciting contest staged in Memorial gymnasium for several years.
It was the first Southern Conference clash for the Cavaliers and the first defeat suffered by the Orange and Blue of Virginia, they having defeated three straight teams.
Owens, Combs Praised
Hayes Owens, one of the smallest players ever seen on the local floor, and Cecil Combs, elongated Kentucky forward, bagged scoring honors and caught the eye of the Virginia rooters, who cheered them time after time after completing brilliant shots which gave their team the lead.
Kentucky started off with a rush and secured an early lead of 4 to 1. Midway the period the score was knotted at 7-all. Combs made good on a foul, but Fayonsky untied the score with a foul throw, but McBrayer registered one point, tieing the score again. Thereafter the Wildcats began adding points and led at the end of the first half 15 to 10. Paul McGinnis, star back guard for Kentucky, was put out of the game late in the first half and the visitors were seriously handicapped without him to start the lightning-like guard offense which they used to wreck the Cavaliers tonight.
Second Half Replica of First
The second half was a replica of the first, with the count being knotted twice. In the first few minutes of play the Cavaliers wiped out the 5-point lead secured by the Kentuckians in the first half, only to lose it in the next few minutes when Owens and Combs crashed through with beautiful shots from difficult angles.
But the game was not over yet. Millan, Virginia's rangy center, got into action and registered four points and a long shot from the sideline by Goldsmith, a substitute, put the Virginians in the lead again. Millan caged another basket, and with only three minutes to play, the Cavaliers enjoyed a 3-point lead.
Wildcats Stage Comeback
But those last three minutes were filled with gloom for the Cavaliers that 3,000 people were cheering on tonight. The Kentuckians proved that they care not what lead any team holds on them. Captain Paul Jenkins made two free throws good and Hayes Owens crashed through with a fancy shot from the sidelines that brought a roar from the house. Thus Kentucky had wiped out the 3-point margin and enjoyed a one-point lead themselves. Jenkins, dribbling like a demon, wiggled his way through the Cavalier defense and registered a short "pot" shot to help things along and Combs, taking the ball on a lightning pass from Owens, caged one of his famous crip shots to make things safe for the Blue Grass team.
The Kentuckians made good on 13 foul throws, while the best the Virginians could do was to score 9 out of 21 tries.
Combs had 12 points and Owens 8. McBrayer scored 7 and Jenkins 4. Millan was Virginia's high scorer, with 12 to his credit.