1916–17 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1916–17 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1916–17 record 8–4
Head coach John O'Reilly (3rd year)
Captain Bob O'Lone (1st year)
Home arena Ryan Gymnasium
« 1915–16 1917–18 »

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.[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 8-4.

Season recap[edit]

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.[3][4][5] 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.[3][4][5]

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.[6][7]



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.[8]

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
Ed Cashin N/A N/A F Jr. N/A N/A
George Denniston N/A N/A G Jr. N/A N/A
Fred Fees 5'6" N/A F So. Carrolltown, PA, U.S. St. Francis College (Pa.)
Roger Kelliher
(or Keliher)
N/A N/A G Sr. N/A N/A
Jim McNulty N/A N/A C Jr. N/A N/A
Harry O'Boyle N/A N/A G N/A N/A N/A
Jim O'Boyle N/A N/A G Fr. N/A N/A
Bob O'Lone N/A N/A F Jr. N/A N/A

1916–17 schedule and results[edit]


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.[13]

Trinity College of North Carolina was the future Duke University.

Date Opponent Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Fri., Dec. 15, 1916 at Mount St. Joseph Mount St. Joseph GymnasiumBaltimore, MD W 36–25  1-0
Thu., Dec. 28, 1916 Maryland Ryan GymnasiumWashington, 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 HallAnnapolis, 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
*Non-conference game.