- Friday, February 5 1926 -
Washington & Lee - 34 (Head Coach: Dick Smith)
Kentucky - 44 (Head Coach: Ray Eklund)
Halftime Score: Washington & Lee 22, Kentucky 20
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Game Writeup - by Norris Royden, Lexington Herald
Wildcats Come From Behind in Second Half to Beat Washington-Lee, 44-34
KENTUCKY TAKES LEAD ONLY AFTER SUBDUING SPOTTS, NIFTY CENTER
Eight straight victories, including their third within the Southern Conference, is the record now sported by Kentucky's Wildcats. They continued their winning streak and kept their standing in the conference untarnished by scoring a 44 to 34 victory over the Washington and Lee Generals at the university gymnasium last night.
The game was a surprise even to officials of the school who hardly knew Washington and Lee had a basketball team until it appeared here yesterday morning, its manager producing a signed contract showing that the game had been arranged for. It was a two-year contract, signed a year ago, which Kentucky authorities had either overlooked or forgotten.
'Cats Put to Bed
Coach Ray Eklund gathered as many of his Wildcats as he could during the afternoon and put them to bed. Meanwhile, Athletic Director S.A. Boles paraded the university band through the streets, to advertise the game. The blare of trumpets did its work and the largest crowd of the season, numbering more than 2,500 persons, was present for the contest.
The game was another thriller, being productive of excellent basketball from both quintets. The Generals took a lead in the first half when Spotts, giant center, slipped in close to the basket to make several crip shots on short passes from his mates.
At one time during the first half, Washington and Lee led by nine points, but the Wildcats began solving the Generals' offense, and with Underwood and Alberts injected into the lineup to break up the visitors' attack, they rallied and the half ended, 22 to 20, in favor of the Virginians.
In the early part of the second half, dazzling floor and good shooting work by Mohney, Jenkins and Underwood sent Kentucky into the lead, 32 to 24, and the Wildcats remained in front for the remainder of the contest, again using their waiting game to advantage.
Kentucky Finds Self
Kentucky appears to have found itself and continued the snappy passing that played havoc with Alabama earlier in the week. Jenkins and Carey contributed a few shots from long range, but the majority of Wildcat field goals were of the crip variety, the ball being worked in to Mohney or Jenkins. Carey's field goal was made from the center circle and was clean as an all-day sucker in the mouth of Little Stanley, the great explorer.
Local fans marveled at Spotts. He was the biggest man on the floor and probably the fastest. All of his field goals were made with one hand and two of them especially were cleverly executed from blind angles. Without Spotts, the Generals would have been weak as a toy balloon. Mohney and Jenkins again led in Kentucky's play, although Underwood, Alberts and Captain Carey did some excellent guarding.
In a preliminary game, Coach Lovell Underwood's University High school five defeated the Danville Deaf and Dumb Institute, 21 to 3. The local five took the lead early and held a decided advantage throughout. Gormley was high point man with 10.