- Saturday, March 6 1943 -
(at Louisville, KY)
Kentucky - 39 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp)
Great Lakes - 53 (Head Coach: Tony Hinkle)
|Forrest Anderson (*)||4||0||0||1||8|
Halftime Score: Great Lakes 30, Kentucky 21
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|Tennessee 30 - 33|||||Ft. Knox 51 - 18|
Game Writeup - by Tommy Fitzgerald, Louisville Courier-Journal
Great Lakes Tumbles Kentucky for 25th Consecutive Win 53-39
Sailors Have Quality In Too Much Quantity for Wildcats; 4,000 Fans See Jackets Alternate Two Teams
The Great Lakes five had it over Kentucky like the five Great Lakes have it over the Canadian-U.S. border last night at the Jefferson County Armory as the Naval Training Station downed the Cats 53-39 for their 25th consecutive victory and their 35 triumph in 37 starts.
Kentucky partisans among the crowd of 4,000 had hope for a brief spell at the start of the game as the Cats jumped into a 4-0 lead that the Cats again would play over their heads as they did against Notre Dame and score another amazing victory, but it became apparent as the game progressed that the Cats were in only over their heads.
The Bluejackets, listing some of the greatest college players in the Nation on their roster, had quality in too much quantity for the Cats and left the impression that, if they had been pressed too tightly, they could have turned on with more engulfing fury.
Coach Tony Hinkle alternated two team in the battle and one was as good as the other. To match the pace of this flow of fresh and talented manpower the Cats would have needed the proverbial nine lives.
It was a Louisville boy, Wilbur Schumacher, product of Male High and a former Butler star, who wiped out Kentucky's early lead as he scored 10 of Great Lakes' first 16 points before leaving the fray in the first half with about eight minutes to play. The score at this time was 16-10. Schumacher had dipped in a medium goal from the side to give the Jackets the lead for the first time, a 8-6, for they never trailed after that.
With the count 16-10, Hinkle sent an entire new team into the contest and it played as a unit until Hinkle began sending in replacements about midway of the second half.
In this new contingent was Bob Davies, Seton Hall ace, who captured the fancy of the gathering with his accurate shooting, skillful passing and daring dash.
But it wasn't a question of stopping any one man or any two or three men on the Great Lakes team. It was like trying to hold water in a sieve. All of them were a threat if you gave them an opening.
After gaining a 30-21 lead at the half, the Jackets stayed in front by seven or more points until the finish.
Two quick goals by Milt Ticco brought the Cats within seven points of the Jackets, at 43-36, with about six minutes or so to go, but the Jackets, as they seemed able to do when pressed, put on a whistle of steam to move into a 10-point lead and notify the Cats it was time to lay their tools down and go home.
Schumacher led the Jacket scorers with 12 points, Paul Noel, freshman from Midway, Ky., was inserted into the fray as a substitute and again regaled the patrons with his spirited play. He turned into four field goals to tie Marv Akers and Mel Brewer, who made six of his eight points on free throws, for high point honors for the Cats.
Veterans among the crowd acclaimed it a better Great Lakes team than the one that knocked off Kentucky 58-47 last year.
Manual's Crimsons lowered the curtain on their regular campaign as they registered a 50-22 win over Newport in the preliminary.
The victory gave the Reds their eighth win in 19 starts, while the defeat left Newport with nine wins against 14 setbacks. Manual grabbed an early lead, but Newport bounced back to take a 9-8 edge at the quarter. Then Manual rolled to a 27-17 halftime lead and a 36-18 margin at the third quarter stop.
Gilbert Huffman attempts to steal the ball from UK's Marv Akers
Great Lakes' Bob Davies steals the ball from Mel Brewer (#15) while from left to right, Dick Klein, Paul Noel and Milt Ticco look on