1916–17 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team
|1916–17 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball|
|Head coach||John O'Reilly (3rd year)|
|Captain||Bob O'Lone (1st year)|
|Home arena||Ryan Gymnasium|
The 1916–17 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1916-17 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John O'Reilly coached the team in his third season as head coach. Georgetown was an independent and played its home games at Ryan Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C., and finished the season with a record of 8-4.
The Hoyas ' victory over Bucknell on the last day of the season began a home winning streak at Ryan Gymnasium that would reach 52 games before finally coming to an end during the 1923-24 season. Georgetown also defeated crosstown rival George Washington twice this season, giving the Hoyas a six-game winning streak against George Washington – five of the wins at Ryan Gymnasium – dating back to 1915.
A graduate of St. Francis College of Pennsylvania, where he had played basketball, forward Fred Fees enrolled in Georgetown University Law School and joined the team – permitted despite his undergraduate playing time under the eligibility rules of the era – for the first of four seasons with the Hoyas. A free-throw shooting specialist in an era when the rules of college basketball allowed teams to choose which player shot its free throws, Fees exploited his free-throw prowess to establish himself as one of the top scorers in college basketball in the United States in each of his seasons with the Hoyas. This season he scored 195 of the team 's 450 points, averaging 15.3 points per game to lead the team in scoring. He also shot 17-for-21 from the free-throw line in a game against George Washington, setting a school record for free throws made in a single game that no Hoya would exceed for 75 years.
|Name||Height||Weight (lbs.)||Position||Class||Hometown||Previous Team(s)|
|Ed Bannigan||N/A||N/A||G||Fr. or Jr.||Manchester, NH, U.S.||Manchester HS|
|Fred Fees||5'6"||N/A||F||So.||Carrolltown, PA, U.S.||St. Francis College (Pa.)|
1916–17 schedule and results
It was common practice at this time for colleges and universities to include non-collegiate opponents in their schedules, with the games recognized as part of their official record for the season, and had the February 3, 1917, game against the Crescent Athletic Club not been cancelled, it would have counted as part of Georgetown 's won-loss record for 1916-17. It was not until 1952, after the completion of the 1951-52 season, that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ruled that colleges and universities could no longer count games played against non-collegiate opponents in their annual won-loss records.
|Fri., Dec. 15, 1916||at Mount St. Joseph||Mount St. Joseph Gymnasium • Baltimore, MD||W 36–25||1-0|
|Thu., Dec. 28, 1916||Maryland||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||cancelled||–|
|Wed., Jan. 10, 1917||Gallaudet||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 52–10||2-0|
|Fri., Jan. 12, 1917||Johns Hopkins||Ryan Gymnasium • Baltimore, MD||W 46-12||3-0|
|Tue., Jan. 16, 1917||Randolph–Macon||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||cancelled||–|
|Sat., Jan. 20, 1917||at George Washington||YMCA Hall • Washington, DC||W 31–24||4-0|
|Wed., Jan. 24, 1917||at Navy||Dahlgren Hall • Annapolis, MD||L 23–31||4-1|
|Fri., Jan. 26, 1917||St. John's||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 44–26||5-1|
|Wed., Jan. 31, 1917||at Seton Hall||N/A • South Orange, NJ||L 17–18||5-2|
|Thu., Feb. 1, 1917||at St. John's||N/A • New York, NY||L 24–38||5-3|
|Sat., Feb. 3, 1917||at Crescent Athletic Club||N/A • New York, NY||cancelled||–|
|Wed., Feb. 7, 1917||George Washington||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 45–23||6-3|
|Sat., Feb. 10, 1917||at Mount St. Joseph||Mount St. Joseph Gymnasium • Baltimore, MD||W 32–15||7-3|
|Thu., Feb. 15, 1917||Trinity (N.C.)||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||L 24–36||7-4|
|Mon., Feb. 19, 1917||Bucknell||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 43–31||8-4|
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Head Coaches
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Home Courts
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Ryan Gymnasium Years
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1910s Seasons
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1920s Seasons
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Best of His Era
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 22. Fred Fees
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1910-11 to 1919-1920
- Georgetown Basketball History Project: All-Time Player Directory
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
- sports-reference.com 1916-17 Georgetown Hoyas Schedule and Results
- 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 58.
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Non-Collegiate Opponents