1941–42 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1941–42 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1941–42 record 9–11
Head coach Elmer Ripley (6th year)
Captain Francis "Buddy" O'Grady (1st year)
Home arena Riverside Stadium
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The 1941–42 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1941-42 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Elmer Ripley coached it in his sixth of ten seasons as head coach; it was also the fourth season of his second of three stints at the helm. For the second straight year, the team played its home games at Riverside Stadium in Washington, D.C., the last season in which Georgetown played home games there.[1] It played an upgraded national schedule this season[2] and struggled, finishing with a record of 9-11, and had no postseason play.

Season recap[edit]

Senior guard Francis "Buddy" O'Grady, who had led the team through challenging seasons the previous two years, had another good season, averaging a career-high 8.8 points per game for the year. Of O‍ '​Grady‍ '​s departure due to graduation at the end of this season, the Georgetown student yearbook, Ye Domesday Book, wrote, "In Buddy O'Grady, Georgetown loses one of the greatest basketball players ever to trod on the Ryan Gym [Georgetown's practice facility] floor, and there have been many," adding that over his years "he has undoubtedly been the best basketball player in the District of Columbia."[2]

Junior center Bill Bornheimer, who had starred for Georgetown the previous year, scored 23 points against American in the second game of the season. Opposing teams soon learned to play a defense that contained Bornheimer in the middle, and he only scored in double figures one more time, although his 8.0 point-per-game average was only slightly lower than his 8.4 points per game of the previous season. He also provided a strong defensive presence and was an important rebounder for the team. Georgetown would institute an accelerated graduation program the following season because of World War II, causing him to graduate in January 1943 and making him ineligible for varsity play in 1942-43, so he did not return to the team during his senior year. His 8.2-point-per-game average over his two-year collegiate career, however, was the second-highest career average by a Georgetown player between 1928 and 1942, exceeded only by guard Ed Hargaden‍ '​s 9.8 points-per-game career average between 1932 and 1935.[3][4]

The Hoyas‍ '​ challenging schedule – which included highly regarded teams such as Long Island University, Marquette, and DePaul[2] – and the focus of opponents on limiting Bornheimer‍ '​s scoring opportunities caused the team to struggle to a 9-11 finish. It had no post-season play.

The United States entered World War II when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, at the beginning of the season. After the season ended, all but three of the players graduated or left school to enter military service. Ripley thus had to rely on a team nicknamed the "Kiddie Korps," made up mostly of sophomores, the following season.[5]



Junior forward Ken Engles left school for military service after this season, but returned 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. Engles was one of two future Georgetown head coaches on the 1941-42 squad; the other was senior guard Buddy O'Grady, who coached the Hoyas from 1949 to 1952.[2][8]

Guard Don Martin later became head coach at Boston College.[9]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
3 Dan Gabbianelli N/A N/A F Jr. Weehawken, NJ, U.S. Weehawken HS
4 John Dieckelman
(or Dieckleman)
6'0" N/A G Sr. Albany, NY, U.S. Vincentian HS
5 Charles Schmidli 6'4" N/A F Sr. West New York, NJ, U.S. Memorial HS
7 Don Martin 5'8" N/A G Sr. Newport, RI, U.S. La Salle Academy
8 Francis "Buddy" O'Grady N/A 160 G Sr. New York, NY, U.S. St. Peter's Boys HS
9 Frank Cleary 6'0" N/A F/C Sr. Somerville, NJ, U.S. Somerville HS
12 Lane O'Donnell N/A N/A F Jr. Washington, DC, U.S. Gonzaga College HS
15 Al Lujack 6'3" N/A F Sr. Connellsville, PA, U.S. Connellsville HS
16 Frank Finnerty N/A N/A F Sr. Montclair, NJ, U.S. Blair Academy
17 Ken Engles 6'2" N/A F Jr. Staten Island, NY, U.S. Port Richmond HS
18 Bill Bornheimer 6'5" 200 C Jr. New Brunswick, NJ, U.S. St. Peter's Preparatory School

1941–42 schedule and results[edit]


Date Opponent Result Record Site
Regular Season
N/A Western Maryland W 66–43  1-0 Riverside Stadium
N/A at American W 76–33  2-0 Clendenen Gymnasium
N/A at Temple L 34–35  2-1 Philadelphia Convention Hall
N/A at Fordham L 31–33  2-2 Rose Hill Gymnasium
N/A at Long Island University L 38–46  2-3 Madison Square Garden
N/A Temple W 42–40  3-3 Riverside Stadium
N/A at George Washington L 36–45  3-4 Riverside Stadium
N/A Maryland L 42–51  3-5 Riverside Stadium
N/A at Army W 44–32  4-5 Hayes Gymnasium
N/A at Colgate W 55–39  5-5 Huntington Gymnasium
N/A at Syracuse L 44–55  5-6 Archbold Gymnasium
N/A at Marquette W 35–34  6-6 Chicago Stadium
N/A at St. Joseph's L 35–58  6-7 Philadelphia Convention Hall
N/A Duquesne L 35–40  6-8 Riverside Stadium
N/A at Loyola Maryland W 41–34  7-8 Alumni Gymnasium
N/A at Scranton L 38–40  7-9 Watres Armory
N/A at Yale W 55–53  8-9 Payne Whitney Gymnasium
N/A at Navy L 36–51  8-10 Dahlgren Hall
N/A DePaul L 29–34  8-11 Riverside Stadium
N/A George Washington W 52–42  9-11 Riverside Stadium
*Non-conference game. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.