This Day in History: 1973-03-15

On March 15, 1973, No. 17 Kentucky defeated Austin Peay, 106-100 in overtime in the 1973 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen.  In UK’s first NCAA Tournament game without Adolph Rupp as its coach, senior center Jim Andrews scored 30 points, but it was senior reserve Larry Stamper who tallied the final six points in overtime as the Wildcats outlasted Austin Peay and its charismatic star, James “Fly” Williams (26 points), before 15,581 fans in Vanderbilt’s Memorial Gym.  This was Joe B. Hall’s first NCAA tourney win.