1918–19 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team
|1918–19 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball|
|Head coach||John O'Reilly (5th year)|
|Captain||Fred Fees (1st year)|
|Home arena||Ryan Gymnasium|
The 1918–19 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1918-19 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John O'Reilly coached the team in his fifth 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 9-1.
On-campus Ryan Gymnasium, where the Hoyas had played their home games since the 1914-15 season, had no seating, accommodating fans on a standing-room only-basis on an indoor track above the court. This precluded the accommodation of significant crowds, providing the self-sustaining Basketball Association with little revenue with which to fund the team's travel expenses, and Georgetown averaged no more than three road games a year from this season through the 1926-27 season in order to keep travel to a minimum. The 1918-19 team's only road trip outside of Washington was to Annapolis, Maryland, to play a game at Navy.
The Hoyas' home winning streak at Ryan Gymnasium reached 17 games at the end of this season, dating back to a victory against Bucknell on the last day of the 1916-17 season; it would reach 52 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 10-game winning streak against George Washington – eight of the wins at Ryan Gymnasium – dating back to 1915.
Forward and team captain Fred Fees, a student at Georgetown University Law School, was in his third season 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 had 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 played in all 10 games and scored 163 points, averaging 16.3 points per game.
Freshman forward Jack Flavin joined the team this season. He played in only six games but scored 54 points, an average of 9.0 points per game. He would become a starter the next season on his way to becoming one of the great Georgetown players of the era.
One of the team's scheduled games was cancelled, and its only loss was at Navy in the third game of the year. It won the last seven games of the season to finish with a 9-1 record. Its .900 winning percentage was the best in Georgetown men's basketball history at the time, but the Hoyas would exceed it the following season.
|Name||Height||Weight (lbs.)||Position||Class||Hometown||Previous Team(s)|
|Bill Dudack||N/A||N/A||F||Jr.||New Britain, CT, U.S.||New Britain HS|
|Fred Fees||5'6"||N/A||F||Grad. Stud.||Carrolltown, PA, U.S.||St. Francis College (Pa.)|
|Jack Flavin||5'11"||175||F||Fr.||Portland, ME, U.S.||Portland HS|
|Andy Zazzali||N/A||N/A||G||Fr.||Baltimore, MD, U.S.||Mount St. Joseph HS|
1918–19 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, so the two game against a United States Army team from Camp Humphrey, Virginia, counted as part of Georgetown's won-loss record for 1918-19. 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., Jan. 10, 1919||Johns Hopkins||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 34–29||1-0|
|Tue., Jan. 14, 1919||Camp Humphrey||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 59–13||2-0|
|Wed., Jan. 22, 1919||at Navy||Dahlgren Hall • Annapolis, MD||L 15–22||2-1|
|Fri., Jan. 24, 1919||Randolph–Macon||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 39–14||3-1|
|Sat., Jan. 25, 1919||George Washington||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 32–15||4-1|
|Wed., Jan. 29, 1919||Gallaudet||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 48–22||5-1|
|Fri., Jan. 31, 1919||New York University||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 33–26||6-1|
|Wed., Feb. 5, 1919||at Gallaudet||N/A • Washington, DC||cancelled||–|
|Sat., Feb. 8, 1919||at George Washington||YMCA Hall • Washington, DC||W 35–14||7-1|
|Tue., Feb. 11, 1919||Virginia Tech||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 31–22||8-1|
|Sat., Feb. 15, 1919||Camp Humphrey||Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 46–25||9-1|
- Sources all agree that Georgetown's record for the season was 9–1, but the schedule posted by The Georgetown Basketball History Project – which also states that the overall record was 9–1 – shows 11 games played, consisting of 10 wins and 1 loss. The 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 58, only lists 10 games – 9 wins and 1 loss. The extra game listed by The Georgetown Basketball History Project is an undated 47-19 victory against George Washington, listed as the last game of the 1918-19 season and one of three games Georgetown played against George Washington that season at a time when the schools apparently played two games against one another each season. For the following 1919-20 season, The Georgetown Basketball History Project and other sources agree that Georgetown finished with a 13-1 record, but the Project lists only 13 games (12 wins and 1 loss) played. It lists only one George Washington game in the 1919-20 season, but the media guide lists two, one of them an undated 47-19 Georgetown victory over George Washington that was the first game of the season. It appears that the Georgetown Basketball History Project is mistaken in showing the 47-19 win over George Washington as the last game of the 1918-19 season when it was in fact the first game of the 1919-20 season.
- 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: 82. Jack Flavin
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 84. Andrew Zazzali
- 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 1918-19 Georgetown Hoyas Schedule and Results
- 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 58.
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Non-Collegiate Opponents