1929–30 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1929–30 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1929–30 record 13–12
Head coach Bill Dudack (1st year)
Captain Fred Mesmer (2nd year)
Home arena Tech Gymnasium
« 1928–29 1930–31 »

The 1929–30 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1929-30 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Bill Dudack coached it in his first and only season as head coach.[1] Georgetown was an independent and, after playing its first two games at Clendenen Gymnasium on the campus of American University in Washington, D.C. – its home court the previous season – played its home games at Tech Gymnasium on the campus of Washington, D.C.'s McKinley Technical High School in Washington, D.C., the first Georgetown team to use Tech Gymnasium as its home court.[2] It played one home game later in the season at Brookland Gymnasium on the campus of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Season recap[edit]

Dudack was a 1921 Georgetown graduate who had played for four years on the varsity basketball team beginning with the 1917-18 season and lettered for the 1918-19, 1919-20, and 1920-21 teams. He had served as an assistant to head coach Elmer Ripley during Ripley's two very successful seasons as the Hoyas' head coach in 1927-28 and 1928-29. Dudack inherited a team stocked with veterans Ripley had recruited, leading to hopes that Ripley's success would continue under Dudack.[1]

Senior guard and second-year team captain Fred Mesmer was an important defensive presence for the team during the season and led the Hoyas in scoring for the second straight year, averaging 9.2 points per game. He averaged 8.5 points per game over his collegiate career.[3]

Senior center Don Dutton scored a career-high 20 points against John Hopkins on January 22, 1930, and averaged 8.0 points per game through 16 games before being declared academically ineligible for the rest of the year after mid-term examinations. He focused on his studies and graduated on time in the spring of 1930.[4]

Despite the team's veteran talent and the winning tradition the school hoped Ripley had established during the previous two years, the 1929-30 Hoyas only managed a 13-12 record. Georgetown did not rehire Dudack for the following season.[1]



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.[5]

Less than two years after graduating after the end of this season, senior guard Fred Mesmer would become Georgetown's head coach for the 1931-32 season and coach the Hoyas for seven seasons.[1]

Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
Chris Callan N/A N/A G Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. St. John's College HS
Paul Dillon N/A N/A F Jr. N/A N/A
Johnny Dunn N/A N/A G Sr. Milwaukee, WI, U.S. Marquette University HS
Don Dutton 6'2" N/A C Sr. Syracuse, NY, U.S. Christian Brothers Academy
Jim Leavey N/A N/A C Jr. N/A N/A
Maurice McCarthy N/A N/A G Sr. Stamford, CT, U.S. N/A
Harold "Reds" Meenan N/A N/A F Sr. New York, NY, U.S. Loyola School
Fred Mesmer 5'8" N/A G Sr. Syracuse, NY, U.S. Christian Brothers Academy
Walter Morris N/A N/A C Jr. N/A N/A
Bill Shea N/A N/A F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. New York University
Russell White N/A N/A F Jr. Orange, NJ, U.S. Seton Hall Preparatory School

1929–30 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 the games played against the Brooklyn Knights of Columbus, the Columbus Knights of Columbus, and the Crescent Athletic Club therefore counted as part of Georgetown's won-loss record for 1929-30. 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.[11]

Date Opponent Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Sat., Dec. 7, 1929 Gettysburg Clendenen GymnasiumWashington, DC L 26–33  0-1
Sat., Dec. 14, 1929 Baltimore Clendenen Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 39–32  1-1
Fri., Dec. 27, 1929 at Columbus Knights of Columbus Columbus GymnasiumNew York, NY W 38–30  2-1
Sat., Dec. 28, 1929 at Crescent Athletic Club Crescent Gymnasium • New York, NY L 24–38  2-2
Mon., Dec. 30, 1929 at Manhattan Manhattan Gymnasium • New York, NY W 32–27  3-2
Wed., Jan. 1, 1930 vs. New York University Yale ArmoryNew Haven, CT
(Yale Quadrangular Invitational Tournament)
W 31–27  4-2
Thu., Jan. 2, 1930 at Yale Yale Armory • New Haven, CT
(Yale Quadrangular Invitational Tournament)
L 23–26  4-3
Tue., Jan. 7, 1930 Wake Forest Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 35–20  5-3
Fri., Jan. 10, 1930 at West Virginia WVU Field HouseMorgantown, WV L 27-34  5-4
Sat., Jan. 11, 1930 at Pittsburgh Trees GymnasiumPittsburgh, PA L 26–43  5-5
Wed., Jan. 15, 1930 Washington (Md.) Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 37–32  6-5
Fri., Jan. 17, 1930 at Temple Mitten HallPhiladelphia, PA L 24–37  6-6
Sat., Jan. 18, 1930 at New York University University Heights Gymnasium • New York, NY L 27–35  6-7
Wed., Jan. 22, 1930 Johns Hopkins Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 48-27  7-7
Sat., Jan. 25, 1930 Mount St. Mary's Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 35-20  8-7
Mon., Feb. 3, 1930 West Virginia Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 34–31  9-7
Wed., Feb. 5, 1930 New York University Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 20–26  9-8
Tue., Feb. 11, 1930 Loyola Chicago Brookland Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 34–23  10-8
Fri., Feb. 14, 1930 at Canisius Elmwood HallBuffalo, NY W 29–26  11-8
Sat., Feb. 15, 1930 at Syracuse Archbold GymnasiumSyracuse, NY L 18–40  11-9
Wed., Feb. 19, 1930 at Navy Dahlgren HallAnnapolis, MD L 29–37  11-10
Sat., Feb. 22, 1930 Brooklyn Knights of Columbus Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 43–27  12-10
Fri., Feb. 28, 1930 Western Maryland Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 35–32  13-10
Sat., Mar. 1, 1930 at Johns Hopkins N/A • Baltimore, MD  cancelled 
Thu., Mar. 6, 1930 at New York Athletic Club N/A • New York, NY  cancelled 
Fri., Mar. 7, 1930 at Columbia University Gymnasium • New York, NY L 17–45  13-11
Sat., Mar. 8, 1930 at Fordham Rose Hill GymnasiumBronx, NY L 29–30  13-12
*Non-conference game.