1928–29 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team
|1928–29 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball|
|Head coach||Elmer Ripley (2nd year)|
|Captain||Fred Mesmer (1st year)|
|Home arena||Clendenen Gymnasium|
The 1928–29 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1928-29 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Elmer Ripley coached it in his second season as head coach. Georgetown was an independent and played its home games to Clendenen Gymnasium on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C., this season, the only Georgetown team to use Clendenen Gymnasium as its home court, although Georgetown played a handful of games there early the next season. It finished the season with a record of 12-5.
Junior guard and team captain Fred Mesmer had become a starter and team leader in his first varsity season the previous year. He was an important defensive presence for the team during the season and an excellent passer. He led the Hoyas in scoring, averaging 8.5 points per game.
Junior center Don Dutton, who had emerged as a standout the previous season, moved to forward in a notable 33-17 Georgetown victory at Yale on January 2, 1929, in the opening game of the Yale Quadrangular Invitational Tournament. Ten days later, he played a key role in what at the time was perhaps the greatest comeback in Georgetown men's basketball history, scoring 15 of the Hoyas ' last 17 points as Georgetown came back from a 13-point deficit against Penn State with five minutes left in the game to win 42-40. Like Mesmer, Dutton finished the year averaging 8.5 points per game.
Ironically, Ripley 's display of his coaching abilities in the big win at Yale so impressed Yale that Yale hired Ripley away from Georgetown; after two very successful seasons as the Hoyas ' head coach in which he had an overall record of 24-6, Ripley left Georgetown at the end of the season to take the head coaching position at Yale. Destined to become a legend in college basketball, he would return to coach Georgetown two more times over a total of eight more seasons, from 1938 to 1943 – leading the Hoyas to the final game of the 1943 NCAA Tournament in the latter season – and again from 1946 to 1949. Meanwhile, Georgetown hired his assistant Bill Dudack to coach the team the following season.
|Name||Height||Weight (lbs.)||Position||Class||Hometown||Previous Team(s)|
|Johnny Byrnes||N/A||N/A||G||Sr.||Short Hills, NJ, U.S.||Xavier HS|
|Johnny Dunn||N/A||N/A||G||Jr.||Milwaukee, WI, U.S.||Marquette University HS|
|Don Dutton||6'2"||N/A||C||Jr.||Syracuse, NY, U.S.||Christian Brothers Academy|
|Maurice McCarthy||N/A||N/A||G||Jr.||Stamford, CT, U.S.||N/A|
|Harold "Reds" Meenan||N/A||N/A||F||Jr.||New York, NY, U.S.||Loyola School|
|Fred Mesmer||5'8"||N/A||G||Jr.||Syracuse, NY, U.S.||Christian Brothers Academy|
|John Scalzi||5'7"||N/A||G||So.||Stamford, CT, U.S.||N/A|
|Bill Shea||N/A||N/A||F||So.||New York, NY, U.S.||New York University|
1928–29 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 the games played against the Crescent Athletic Club and the New York Athletic Club therefore counted as part of Georgetown 's won-loss record for 1928-29. 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.
|Sat., Dec. 8, 1928||Baltimore||W 38–26||1-0||Clendenen Gymnasium|
|Tue., Dec. 11, 1928||Western Maryland||W 38–23||2-0||Clendenen Gymnasium|
|Sat., Dec. 15, 1928||Lafayette||W 47–24||3-0||Clendenen Gymnasium|
|Thu., Dec. 27, 1928||at Brooklyn Knights of Columbus||cancelled||–||N/A|
|Sat., Dec. 29, 1928||at Crescent Athletic Club||L 29–47||3-1||Crescent Gymnasium|
|Wed., Jan. 2, 1929||at Yale
(Yale Quadrangular Invitational Tournament)
|W 33–17||4-1||Yale Armory|
|Thu., Jan. 3, 1929||vs. New York University
(Yale Quadrangular Invitational Tournament)
|L 24–32||4-2||Yale Armory|
|Fri., Jan. 4, 1929||at New York Athletic Club||W 28–20||5-2||New York Athletic Club Gymnasium|
|Tue., Jan. 8, 1929||Duke||W 48-33||6-2||Clendenen Gymnasium|
|Sat., Jan. 12, 1929||Penn State||W 42–40||7-2||Clendenen Gymnasium|
|Sat., Jan. 19, 1929||Johns Hopkins||W 58–20||8-2||Clendenen Gymnasium|
|Sat., Jan. 26, 1929||Mount St. Mary's||W 33–19||9-2||Clendenen Gymnasium|
|Fri., Feb. 8, 1929||at New York Athletic Club||W 27–26||10-2||New York Athletic Club Gymnasium|
|Sat., Feb. 9, 1929||at New York University||L 30-32 OT||10-3||University Heights Gymnasium|
|Tue., Feb. 12, 1929||at Johns Hopkins||W 38-35 OT||11-3||N/A|
|Sat., Feb. 16, 1929||West Virginia||L 44–49||11-4||Clendenen Gymnasium|
|Wed., Feb. 20, 1929||at Navy||W 29–21||12-4||Dahlgren Hall|
|Sat., Feb. 23, 1929||at Temple||L 24–27||12-5||Mitten Hall|
|*Non-conference game. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Head Coaches
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Home Courts
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 83. Fred Mesmer
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 85. Don Dutton
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1920-21 to 1929-1930
- Georgetown Basketball History Project: All-Time Player Directory
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1920s Seasons
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
- sports-reference.com 1928-29 Georgetown Hoyas Schedule and Results
- 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 59.
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Non-Collegiate Opponents