1930–31 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1930–31 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1930–31 record 5–16
Head coach John Colrick (1st year)
Captain Walter Morris (1st year)
Home arena Tech Gymnasium
« 1929–30 1931–32 »

The 1930–31 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1930-31 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John Colrick coached it in his first and only season as head coach.[1] Georgetown was an independent and played its home games at Tech Gymnasium on the campus of McKinley Technical High School in Washington, D.C.,[2] except for one home game it played at Ryan Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus. It finished with a record of 5-16.

Season recap[edit]

After the Hoyas '​ disappointing 13-12 record the previous season, Georgetown had hired Colrick from his alma mater, Notre Dame, to serve as a football assistant and, following that, to take over as the Hoyas '​ head basketball coach. At Notre Dame, he had assisted head coach George Keogan; employing an up-tempo offense known as the "Western-style" offense, Keogan never had a losing season in his 20 years as Notre Dame '​s head coach between 1923 and 1943. Georgetown '​s athletics department hoped that Colrick would bring a successful version of the "Western-style" offense to Georgetown, but the team instead performed very poorly, finishing with a record of 5-16.[1][3] Its .238 winning percentage was the worst in Georgetown men's basketball history until the 1971-72 team finished with a 3-23 record and .115 winning percentage.

Colrick left Georgetown shortly after the end of the season and spent a single season coaching basketball at Seton Hall the following year. His career after that is obscure.[1]

Georgetown deemphasized sports during the 1930s,[4] and this season began a period of mediocrity in Georgetown basketball that stretched throughout the decade. From the beginning of this season through the end of the 1939-1940 season, Georgetown would have a combined record of 32 games under .500, with only three winning seasons.[5]



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.[6]

Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
Emil Bosek
(or Bozek)
N/A N/A G Jr. Nashua, NH, U.S. Nashua HS
Johnny Bosek
(or Bozek)
N/A N/A F Sr. Nashua, NH, U.S. Nashua HS
Paul Dillon N/A N/A F Sr. N/A N/A
Dick King N/A N/A G Jr. New York, NY, U.S. St. Peter's Preparatory School
Jim Leavey N/A N/A C Sr. N/A N/A
Jim Maczees 5'9" N/A G Jr. Shenandoah, PA, U.S. J. W. Cooper HS
Tom "Jack" McHale N/A N/A F Jr. Trenton, NJ, U.S. N/A
Walter Morris N/A N/A C Sr. N/A N/A
Vernon Murphy N/A N/A F So. N/A N/A
John Scalzi 5'7" N/A G Sr. Stamford, CT, U.S. N/A
Bill Shea N/A N/A F Sr. New York, NY, U.S. New York University

1930–31 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 Crescent Athletic Club and the Brooklyn Knights of Columbus therefore counted as part of Georgetown '​s won-loss record for 1930-31. 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.[12]

Date Opponent Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Fri., Dec. 12, 1930 Gettysburg Tech GymnasiumWashington, DC W 35–27  1-0
Sat., Dec. 13, 1930 Baltimore Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 37–29  2-0
Fri., Dec. 26, 1930 at Brooklyn Knights of Columbus N/A • New York, NY L 21–26  2-1
Sat., Dec. 27, 1930 at Crescent Athletic Club N/A • New York, NY L 26–41  2-2
Mon., Dec. 29, 1930 at Manhattan Manhattan Gymnasium • New York, NY L 22–23  2-3
Tue., Dec. 30, 1930 at St. John's 106th Regiment Armory • New York, NY L 19–26  2-4
Tue., Jan. 13, 1931 at Johns Hopkins N/A • Baltimore, MD W 30–16  3-4
Fri., Jan. 16, 1931 Duquesne Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 28–32  3-5
Sat., Jan. 17, 1931 Washington and Lee Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 27–28  3-6
Wed., Jan. 21, 1931 Mount St. Mary's Ryan Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 34–22  4-6
Sat., Jan. 24, 1931 at New York University University Heights Gymnasium • New York, NY L 31–34  4-7
Wed., Jan. 28, 1931 at Army Hayes GymnasiumWest Point, NY L 30–31  4-8
Wed., Feb. 4, 1931 at Navy Dahlgren HallAnnapolis, MD L 32–45  4-9
Fri., Feb. 6, 1931 Johns Hopkins Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 30–29  5-9
Sat., Feb. 7, 1931 at Temple Mitten HallPhiladelphia, PA L 38–42  5-10
Mon., Feb. 9, 1931 West Virginia Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 29–35  5-11
Thu., Feb. 12, 1931 at West Virginia WVU Field HouseMorgantown, WV L 22–38  5-12
Fri., Feb. 13, 1931 at Duquesne Duquesne GardensPittsburgh, PA L 27–28  5-13
Sat., Feb. 14, 1931 at Carnegie Tech Skibo Gymnasium • Pittsburgh, PA L 20–35  5-14
Sat., Feb. 21, 1931 Brooklyn Knights of Columbus Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 23–28  5-15
Wed., Feb. 25, 1931 at Loyola Maryland Alumni Gymnasium • Baltimore, MD L 28–54  5-16
*Non-conference game.