- Monday, January 16 1967 -
Kentucky - 40 (Head Coach: Adolph Rupp) - [Unranked]
Georgia - 49 (Head Coach: Ken Rosemond) - [Unranked]
Halftime Score: Kentucky 8, Georgia 6
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Game Writeup - by Joe Litsch, The Red and Black
'Dogs Defeat Kentucky First Time in 16 YearsStall Offense Trips Cats
It took 16 years and a ball-control game that made even the most lackadaisical spectators sit on the edge of their seats, but Georgia finally beat Kentucky, 49-40, last night in the Coliseum.
The last time Georgia managed to win over Coach Adolph Rupp's Wildcats was in 1959 when the Bulldogs upset Kentucky's national champions, 71-60, in old Woodruff Hall.
"We didn't get good play from two of our players." Rupp said after the game. "But if I had 13,000 seats, I'd try to fill them, too. He won. He outsmarted us," he added.
"I guess his strategy paid off," Rupp continued. "We looked for it (stall): we looked for everything they did."
At the beginning it looked as though it was going to be the same old story. Frank Harscher fouled Thad Jaracz within the first six seconds. Both of Jaracz's shots were good, and the 'Cats led 2-0.
Two minutes later, after a considerable stall, Jim Youngblood, destined to be the star of the night, stepped to the free-throw line and dropped in two to the tie the game.
More than 12 minutes passed before either team added points, and then it was Georgia. Mikki Wiles, who had a fantastic night with his ball-handling, hit a short jump shot to put the 'Dogs out front, 4-2.
Youngblood, on a driving layup, pushed Georgia ahead, 6-2, but the lead was to be short-lived. Kentucky came back and hit three layups to go out at halftime leading, 8-6.
After the half, Georgia came out and took complete control of the game. Dick McIntosh hit a free-throw to bring the 'Dogs within one point of Kentucky.
About six minutes later Georgia led 15-12. The eight additional points were all scored by Youngblood, two free-throws and three driving layups.
After the Bulldogs took the lead, they never relinquished it They owned their widest margin with just 2:35 remaining in the game. Don Wix scored on a layup to run the home team's lead to 39-30.
The 'Cats came back and in a desperate effort cut the difference to six points, 44-38, with 1:11 left to go. But the 'Dogs were not to be denied victory.
Kentucky was forced to go for the ball, committing fouls and hoping for rebounds to bounce their way. But Georgia was deadly from the gift line. With the one-and-one in effect, McIntosh hit two. Wiles hit the first of two and Harscher hit two with a mere second remaining.
Youngblood was the Bulldogs' big gun. The 6-3 junior hit seven of seven field goal attempts and six of seven free-throws for 20 points. It is ironical that Youngblood is a native of Kentucky.
The Georgia team overall hit a fantastic 65 per cent from the floor and 79.5 per cent from the free-throw line. Only five players played the entire game.
Last year, when the Bulldogs met Kentucky here, they played the 'Cats through two overtimes before falling, 69-65. Like last year, Georgia stalled and waited for Kentucky to force action. When they didn't, Coach Ken Rosemond protested.
According to SEC rules, the defensive team has five seconds for two men to force action.
Later Rosemond called time again and this time he called the officials over and pointed out the rule in the SEC Rule Book.
Following the game, Rupp called the rule "stupid." He said he tried to get it changed.
"We made an effort to force action," he said. "Bu it was a slow effort," he added.
The win evened Georgia's record at 6-6. Kentucky is now 5-7, the worst a Rupp team has ever suffered. The Bulldogs are 2-3 in SEC play while the 'Cats are 0-4.
The win over Kentucky helped soften the loss to Tennessee last Saturday. . . .