- Tuesday, December 15 1931 -
Georgetown College - 24 (Head Coach: Carey Spicer)
|Harry Lancaster (*)||7|
Kentucky - 66 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Halftime Score: Kentucky 39, Georgetown 9
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Game Writeup - by Neville Dunn, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Defeat Georgetown Tigers 66-24
Pounding the hoops for a percentage of field goals that basketball teams seldom attain, Coach Adolph Rupp's University of Kentucky Wildcats defeated the Georgetown Tigers at the U.K. gymnasium last night, 66 to 24, to give their 1931-32 season an auspicious beginning. A crowd of approximately 2,000 persons watched Kentucky make it a double triumph as Coach Baldy Gilb's Kittens conquered Coach ?? Rose's Georgetown freshman 38 to 17, in a preliminary tilt.
The Wildcats did not waste much time acquainting the ball with the basket that hung at their end of the floor and Aggie Sale, showing no signs of a sprained ankle that kept him on the sidelines during practice for a week, dropped in a crip shot. A moment later, he flipped in a one-hand shot and Kentucky was off. Carter got a free throw opportunity and made it good, but it was a long time before Georgetown managed to relieve the loneliness of its single point.
With Demoisey, Sale and Johnson going on a spree of field goals, Kentucky pulled away, 23 to 1 before the Tigers tallied again. Monroe dropped one from the 17 foot line for Georgetown's first field goal. They had battled 12 minutes before the Tigers got that tally.
Demoisey, Sale Score
Field goals in rapid succession by Demoisey and Sale ran the score up 31 to 3. Then Coach Rupp began sending in substitutions and he kept up the parade until 16 players in all had performed for the Big Blue. The score at the half was 39 to 9. Not a Wildcat first team man got back in the game after half-time as the reserves continued in the battle.
But Coach Rupp's plans to make the battle more even went awry as the substitutes showed even more accuracy in hitting the basket than the regulars. The starting team, and Blair, who made three field goals out of four shots in the first half, dropped in 36 percent of their shots. But the reserves, Little, Kleiser, Bell, Hughes and George who did the scoring in the second half, beat that all hollow. They did not get so many shots, but of those they did get, they converted 40 percent into field goals.
Tigers Lacked Practice
Georgetown flashed a team that will be mighty hard to handle a few weeks from now. The Tigers lacking the amount of practice most of the Wildcats have had, were nervous and uncertain. Their defense floundered badly at times and their offense did not click.
Nevertheless, the Tigers knew what to do. They showed that a coach who knows his business has had them in hand. But they seemed all-thumbs and did not get by Kentucky's defense often enough to furnish much of a threat.
The youthful coach, Carey Spicer, realized that his boys would take a beating from Coach Rupp's youngsters. He welcomed the opportunity to match wits with his old teacher, however, and had not the Tigers themselves been so nervous, the score would have been much closer.
Georgetown displayed a quintet that is certain to improve rapidly; Kentucky showed a team ready for the toughest assignment on its schedule. There was a fundamental difference in caliber of the material on each club - Kentucky, of course, parading the better talent - but the biggest gap between the two was the calmness, the polish of the Wildcats. They have been practicing for nearly two months. The Tigers have had only about three weeks in which to get ready.
Race for High Scoring
There was a race for high scoring honors between Aggie Sale and Demoisey. The former won by one point, flipping in five field goals and two free throws while Demoisey got five field goals and one free throw.
Hughes, a tall youngster from Georgetown, who subbed at center for Demoisey on the Kentucky varsity, also contributed five field goals, getting most of his, as did Sale and Demoisey, on follow-up shots, a kind excelled in by the Wildcats.
The prettiest bit of work done by the Kentuckians, however, was the defensive playing of Acting Captain Ellis Johnson and the rebounding of Darrell Darby. These two Ashland youngsters fresh from the football squad, at times outshone their comrades who have been practicing for weeks.
Tigers are Rangy
Georgetown has a tall, rangy club. Hazelrigg is as big a center as any team in the state can boast, while Capt. Harry Lancaster is a finished guard and floor general. He made seven points for the Tigers, equaling the total registered by Crabbs, at forward.
The freshmen game was a more interesting contest than the varsity battle. The score not only was closer, but the beautiful playing of a couple of Kittens brought cheers from the crowd. Dave Lawrence, all-American forward on the Corinth team, gave as dazzling a performance as any frosh basketeer has ever made on the U.K. floor. His ambidexterous shooting recalled memories of Jimmy McFarland, the Wildcat ace of a few years back.
But Dave was not the whole show, a slight, dark haired youngster from Hazard named Davis was a fit running mate. This youngster weaved in and out of Georgetown defense in enlightening manner. He found time to drop in six field goals, one more than Lawrence. Each had 12 points to his credit, however Lawrence had a couple of free throws.
The Georgetown frosh scored first and soon had the Kittens trailing, 6 to 2. But Lawrence and Davis got into action soon enough to make the score 19 to 9 at the end of the half. Beginning the second half, the Kittens ran their total up to 32 points before Georgetown scored again.