1914–15 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1914–15 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1914–15 record 8–8
Head coach John O'Reilly (1st year)
Captain Harry Kelly (1st year)
Home arena Ryan Gymnasium
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The 1914–15 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1914-15 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John O'Reilly coached the team in his first season as head coach.[1] Georgetown was an independent and played its home games at Ryan Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C.,[2] and finished the season with a record of 8-8.

New head coach O'Reilly coached three sports at Georgetown – basketball, baseball, and track – and was destined to coach the basketball team to some of its great early triumphs. He would coach the team for 11 seasons, interrupted by a hiatus during the 1921-22 and 1922-23 seasons due to illness, and post an overall record of 87-47. His tenure would see most of a 52-game home winning streak at Ryan Gymnasium between the final game of the 1916-17 season and midway through the 1923-24 season that included victories over top national teams North Carolina (twice), Georgia Tech, and Kentucky. Fifteen of the 19 straight victories over George Washington also would occur with him at the helm.[1][2][3][4][5]

Season recap[edit]

The move to Ryan Gymnasium meant that this was the first Georgetown men's basketball team to play its games on campus. Opened in 1906, when competitive college basketball was just beginning at Georgetown, Ryan had not been intended to host competitive sporting events; it had no seating, accommodating fans on a standing-room-only basis on an indoor track above the basketball court. This precluded large crowds at the Hoyas '​ home games despite the team '​s home success during the 13 years at Ryan, limiting revenue for the self-sustaining Basketball Association, which funded the team '​s travel expenses. Despite this drawback, Ryan would serve as the Hoyas '​ home court through the end of the 1926-27 season, although from the 1918-19 season through 1926-27 the Hoyas would play very few road games in order to keep travel expenses to a bare minimum.[1][2][3][4][5]

Georgetown defeated crosstown rival George Washington twice this season, the first of 19 straight wins over George Washington before George Washington suspended the series after the 1923-24 season.[2][3][4][5]



Georgetown players did not wear numbers on their jerseys this season. The first numbered jerseys in Georgetown men '​s basketball history would not appear until the 1933-34 season.[6]

Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
Gerald "Gerry" Curry N/A N/A G Jr. N/A N/A
Matt Donnelly N/A N/A G Jr. N/A N/A
Fred Flanagan N/A N/A F Jr. N/A N/A
Sam Foley N/A N/A G Sr. N/A N/A
Harry "King" Kelly N/A N/A G Jr. N/A N/A
Leo Klauberg N/A N/A F Jr. N/A N/A
Bob O'Lone N/A N/A F Fr. N/A N/A
Johnny Shugrue N/A N/A F Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. Georgetown Preparatory School
(North Bethesda, MD)
Jim Tormey N/A N/A C Sr. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Loyola College (Md.)
William "Bill" Valk N/A N/A G Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. Central HS

1914–15 schedule and results[edit]


Date Opponent Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Wed., Dec. 9, 1914 Mount St. Joseph Ryan GymnasiumWashington, DC W 34–18  1-0
Thu., Dec. 17, 1914 at Seton Hall N/A • South Orange, NJ L 13–38  1-1
Fri., Dec. 18, 1914 at Fordham N/A • New York, NY L 28–31  1-2
Sat., Dec. 19, 1914 at Army N/A • West Point, NY L 3–20  1-3
N/A at New York University N/A • New York, NY L 21–38  1-4
Fri., Jan. 15, 1915 West Virginia Wesleyan Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 27–24  2-4
Wed., Jan. 20, 1915 Virginia Tech Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 25–21  3-4
Sat., Jan. 23, 1915 at Washington and Lee N/A • Lexington, VA L 23–32  3-5
Tue., Jan. 26, 1915 at Mount St. Joseph Mount St. Joseph GymnasiumBaltimore, MD L 21–28  3-6
Sat., Jan. 30, 1915 at Navy Dahlgren HallAnnapolis, MD L 7–46  3-7
Fri., Feb. 5, 1915 Fordham Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 31–16  4-7
Mon., Feb. 8, 1915 New York University Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 20–16  5-7
Fri., Feb. 19, 1915 Penn State Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 27–35  5-8
Wed., Feb. 24, 1915 George Washington Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 39–17  6-8
Sat., Feb. 27, 1915 Gallaudet Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 29–18  7-8
Sat., Mar. 6, 1915 George Washington Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 21–15  8-8
*Non-conference game.