1940–41 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team
|1940–41 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball|
|Head coach||Elmer Ripley (5th year)|
|Captain||Irv Rizzi (1st year)|
|Home arena||Riverside Stadium|
The 1940–41 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1940-41 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Elmer Ripley coached it in his fifth of ten seasons as head coach; it was also the third season of his second of three stints at the helm. For the first time, the team played its home games at Riverside Stadium in Washington, D.C. It finished the season with a record of 16-4 and had no postseason play.
In its previous ten seasons, Georgetown had a combined record of 32 games under .500, and going into this season the Georgetown student yearbook, Ye Domesday Book, opined that the school would deemphasize or eliminate basketball by 1942 if the team's performance did not see significant improvement. The 1940-41 team rose to the yearbook 's challenge, achieving the highest win total in history for a Georgetown men's basketball team.
Also starring for the team was sophomore center Bill Bornheimer. The tallest player in Georgetown history at the time at 6 feet 5 inches (196 cm), he had been the starting center of the freshman team the previous season and joined the varsity this year. A strong defender, rebounder, and inside shooter, he led the team in scoring, averaging 8.4 points per game. Before 7,000 fans at Riverside Stadium – a record home crowd for a Georgetown basketball game – he had a season-high 15 points as the Hoyas upset Temple 57-49 on February 10, 1941.
Following a season-opening loss, the Hoyas won 11 games in a row and then five of their last eight, finishing with a record of 16-4. They narrowly missed invitations to the NCAA Tournament and National Invitation Tournament and had no postseason play.
Two future Georgetown head coaches played on the team. Sophomore forward Ken Engles would leave school for World War II military service after the 1941-42 season, but would return to play for the 1945-46 team and also served as its head coach that season, the only player-coach in Georgetown men's basketball history. Junior guard Buddy O'Grady would coach the Hoyas from 1949 to 1952.
|#||Name||Height||Weight (lbs.)||Position||Class||Hometown||Previous Team(s)|
|3||Jim Kiernan||6'0"||N/A||F||Jr.||New York, NY, U.S.||Saint Simon HS|
|5||Charles Schmidli||6'4"||N/A||F||Jr.||West New York, NJ, U.S.||Memorial HS|
|7||Don Martin||5'8"||N/A||G||Jr.||Newport, RI, U.S.||La Salle Academy|
|8||Francis "Buddy" O'Grady||N/A||160||G||Jr.||New York, NY, U.S.||St. Peter's Boys HS|
|11||Russ Miller||N/A||N/A||F/C||Jr.||Passaic, NJ, U.S.||Passaic HS|
|12||Jim Giebel||N/A||N/A||G||Sr.||Bethesda, MD, U.S.||St. John's College HS (Washington, DC)|
|13||George Pajak||6'0"||N/A||G/F||Sr.||Ware, MA, U.S.||Ware HS|
|17||Ken Engles||6'2"||N/A||F||Jr.||Staten Island, NY, U.S.||Port Richmond HS|
|18||Bill Bornheimer||6'5"||200||C||So.||New Brunswick, NJ, U.S.||St. Peter's Preparatory School|
|20||Irv Rizzi||N/A||N/A||G||Sr.||West New York, NJ, U.S.||Memorial HS|
|24||Al Matuza||6'2"||N/A||F||Sr.||Shenandoah, PA, U.S.||Shenandoah HS|
1940–41 schedule and results
|Thu., Dec. 5, 1940||at Loyola Maryland||L 32–36||0-1||Alumni Gymnasium (N/A)|
|Tue., Dec. 10, 1940||Western Maryland||W 41–29||1-1||Riverside Stadium (N/A)|
|Thu., Dec. 12, 1940||at American||W 41–35||2-1||Clendenen Gymnasium (N/A)|
|Mon., Dec. 16, 1940||George Washington||W 50–42||3-1||Riverside Stadium (N/A)|
|Wed., Dec. 18, 1940||at Loyola Chicago||W 38–35||4-1||Chicago Stadium (N/A)|
|Wed, Jan. 8, 1941||at Canisius||W 53–35||5-1||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium (N/A)|
|Fri., Jan. 10, 1941||at Temple||W 46–45||6-1||Philadelphia Convention Hall (N/A)|
|Wed., Jan 15, 1941||at Army||W 40–28||7-1||Hayes Gymnasium (N/A)|
|Thu., Jan. 16, 1941||New York University||W 36–27||8-1||Riverside Stadium (N/A)|
|Fri., Jan. 17, 1941||at Maryland||W 51–34||9-1||Ritchie Coliseum (N/A)|
|Wed., Jan. 22, 1941||at Navy||W 38–18||10-1||Dahlgren Hall (N/A)|
|Wed, Jan. 29, 1941||Penn State||W 28–24 OT||11-1||Riverside Stadium (N/A)|
|Wed., Feb. 5, 1941||at Syracuse||L 43–49||11-2||Archbold Gymnasium (N/A)|
|Thu., Feb. 6, 1941||at Colgate||W 39–36||12-2||Huntington Gymnasium (N/A)|
|Fri., Feb. 7, 1941||at Yale||W 41–39||13-2||Payne Whitney Gymnasium (N/A)|
|Mon, Feb. 10, 1941||Temple||W 57–49||14-2||Riverside Stadium (7,000)|
|Wed., Feb. 19, 1941||at Penn State||L 38–45||14-3||Recreation Hall (N/A)|
|Thu., Feb. 20, 1941||at Scranton||W 51–40||15-3||Watres Armory (N/A)|
|Fri., Feb. 28, 1941||at Fordham||L 42–52||15-4||Madison Square Garden (N/A)|
|Thu., Mar. 6, 1941||at George Washington||W 41–34||16-4||Riverside Stadium (N/A)|
|*Non-conference game. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Home Courts
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 98. Bill Bornheimer
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Francis (Buddy) O'Grady
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1940-41 to 1949-1950
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Player Directory: Jersey Numbers
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Head Coaches
- The Georgetown Basketball History project: Don Martin
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1940s Seasons
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
- sports-reference.com 1940-41 Georgetown Hoyas Schedule and Results
- 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, pp. 59-60.