1931–32 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1931–32 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1931–32 record 6–11
Head coach Fred Mesmer (1st year)
Captain Dick King (1st year)
Home arena Tech Gymnasium
« 1930–31 1932–33 »

The 1931–32 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1931-32 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Fred Mesmer coached it in his first 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] The team finished with a record of 6-11.[3]

Mesmer had played guard on Georgetown's 1927-28, 1928-29, and 1929-30 teams before graduating in 1930. Less than two years after graduation, he was hired at the age of 23 as the Hoyas' head coach. A popular sports figure on campus, he would coach Georgetown for seven seasons, leaving after the end of the 1937-38 season with an overall record of 53-76. Although his teams would go 36-20 (.643) at home, they would manage only a 17-56 (.233) record on the road, and he would have only two winning seasons – 1933-34 and 1936-37 – during his tenure.[1]

This was Georgetown's last season as an independent before beginning a seven-season stint the following year as a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference.



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.[4]

Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
Bernard Bonniwell N/A N/A G Sr. Philadelphia, PA, U.S. Northeast Catholic HS
Tom Carolan N/A N/A F So. Syracuse, NY, U.S. Christian Brothers Academy
Bill Connors N/A N/A G So. N/A N/A
Johnny "Jack" Crowley N/A N/A G So. N/A N/A
Bill Gordon N/A N/A G Sr. N/A N/A
Herman Heide N/A N/A G So. N/A N/A
Dick King N/A N/A G Sr. New York, NY, U.S. St. Peter's Preparatory School
Leo McLaughlin N/A N/A G Sr. Jersey City, NJ, U.S. Loyola School (New York, NY)
Vernon Murphy N/A N/A C Jr. N/A N/A
Joe O'Neill N/A N/A C Sr. N/A N/A

1931–32 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 1931-32. 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.[10]

Date Opponent Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Tue., Dec. 15, 1931 Mount St. Mary's Tech GymnasiumWashington, DC W 32–23  1-0
Fri., Dec. 18, 1931 Duke Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 36–26  2-0
Wed., Jan. 6, 1932 Baltimore Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 31–23  3-0
Fri., Jan. 8, 1932 at Crescent Athletic Club N/A • New York, NY L 28–39  3-1
Sat., Jan. 9, 1932 at New York University University Heights Gymnasium • New York, NY L 18–26  3-2
Mon., Jan. 11, 1932 St. John's Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 26–27  3-3
Wed., Jan. 20, 1932 at Duquesne Duquesne GardensPittsburgh, PA L 27–29  3-4
Thu., Jan. 21, 1932 at Temple Mitten HallPhiladelphia, PA L 19–39  3-5
Sat., Jan. 30, 1932 at Brooklyn Knights of Columbus N/A • New York, NY L 27–29  3-6
Sun., Jan. 31, 1932 at Army Hayes GymnasiumWest Point, NY L 20–24  3-7
Wed., Feb. 3, 1932 at Loyola Maryland Alumni GymnasiumBaltimore, MD L 30–31  3-8
Fri., Feb. 5, 1932 Western Maryland Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 25–14  4-8
Mon., Feb. 8, 1932 West Virginia Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 45-31  5-8
Sat., Feb. 13, 1932 Piitsburgh Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 33–30  6-8
Fri., Feb. 19, 1932 at West Virginia WVU Field HouseMorgantown, WV L 28–50  6-9
N/A Duquesne Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 24–37  6-10
N/A Carnegie Tech Tech Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 26–36  6-11
*Non-conference game.