1946–47 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1946–47 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1946–47 record 19–7
Head coach Elmer Ripley (8th year)
Captain Dan Kraus (1st year)
Home arena Uline Arena
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The 1946–47 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1946-47 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Elmer Ripley returned to coach it in the first season of his third stint as head coach, his eighth overall season as the Hoyas‍ '​ head coach. The team was an independent and for the first time[1] played its home games at Uline Arena in Washington, D.C., although because of conflicts at Uline Arena it played four home games on the campus of The Catholic University of America at Brookland Gymnasium, which had been its home court the previous season.[1]

Ripley previously had coached Georgetown from 1927 to 1929, leaving to coach Yale for six seasons, and again from 1938 to 1943, leading the Hoyas to what at the time was their only postseason tournament apperanace in the 1943 NCAA Tournament. He then left to coach at Columbia and Notre Dame when Georgetown suspended its basketball program for two seasons during World War II. This time he would coach the Hoyas for three seasons, and the 1946-47 team was by far the most successful of his third stint as Georgetown‍ '​s coach.

Season recap[edit]

With neither Ripley nor the varsity players of 1942-43 available the previous season, Georgetown had fielded a virtually all-walk-on team in 1945-46 with its only veteran player, Ken Engles, serving as player-coach. None of those players returned for 1946-47 except for junior guard George Benigni; instead, the returning Ripley brought back those members of the nucleus of the 1942-43 team who still had eligibility – senior guards Lloyd Potolicchio and "Miggs" Reilly, junior guard Dan Kraus,[2] and junior forward Andy Kostecka,[3] who all came back from World War II military service to play this season. He also brought with him from Notre Dame sophomore guard Tommy O'Keefe[4] and sophomore forward Ray Corley,[5] both of whom transferred to Georgetown to continue to play for him. Given the success of the 1942-43 Georgetown and 1945-46 Notre Dame teams – the former had gone 22-5 and the latter 17-4 – the outlook for 1946-47 was promising.

Kostecka was the team‍ '​s top scorer all season, as well as in almost two-thirds of the individual games during the year; he set a school record by scoring 35 points against Niagara on January 25, 1947, and he scored 28 against Catholic, 22 against Nevada, and 20 against Penn State. When Duquesne came to Washington on March 4, 1947 to play Georgetown with a 19-game winning streak – one of which had been a victory over the Hoyas four days earlier – Kostecka scored 16 points in a 57-39 Georgetown victory that ended the Dukes‍ '​ streak. Kostecka broke his arm in a game at Villanova two days later, ending his season, but he finished with 17.8 points per game, the highest average for a Georgetown player in 29 years.[3] Meanwhile Dan Kraus, although a defensive specialist, finished the year scoring 12 points a game.[2]

Beginning the season wirh a 5-1 start, the Hoyas lost three of their next five games to fall to 7-4. They went 12-3 after that, finishing the season by winning eight of their last nine, to post a final record of 19-7. They barely missed invitations to the NCAA Tournament and National Invitation Tournament and had no postseason play.[2]

Despite falling just short of a post-season tournament appearance, the 1946-47 team was one of the best in Georgetown history. No other Georgetown team would win 19 games in a season again until the 1975-76 team won 21, and no Georgetown team would exceed its 9-2 road record until the 1983-84 national championship team posted an 11-1 road record during its regular season.[2]



From the 1943-44 season through this season, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) suspended its freshman ineligibility rule. Georgetown had no basketball program during the 1943-44 and 1944-45 seasons, having suspended all competitive athletic programs in 1943 for the duration of World War II, so this was the last Georgetown team to play during this early period of freshman eligibility. After the conclusion of this season, the NCAA reinstated the rule that freshmen were ineligible to play on varsity teams,[4] and they would remain ineligible until the 1972-73 season.[8]

Sophomore guard Tommy O'Keefe would later serve as Georgetown‍ '​s assistant coach four four seasons from 1956 to 1960 and as head coach for six seasons from 1960 to 1966.[4]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
4 Andy Kostecka 6'3" 200 F Jr. Bloomfield, NJ, U.S. Saint Benedict's Preparatory School
5 Lloyd Potolicchio 5'10" N/A G Sr. Staten Island, NY, U.S. Curtis HS
8 Dan Kraus 6'0" 175 G Jr. New York, NY, U.S. DeWitt Clinton HS
11 Jim "Miggs" Reilly 5'6" N/A G Sr. New York, NY, U.S. St. Peter's Boys HS
13 Dick Falvey 6'0" N/A G Fr. New York, NY, U.S. La Salle Academy
15 Ken "Bud" Brown 6'4" N/A C Jr. Muncie, IN, U.S. Burris Laboratory School
16 Tommy O'Keefe 6'0" 180 G So. Jersey City, NJ, U.S. University of Notre Dame
17 Ray Corley 6'2" 180 F So. New York, NY, U.S. La Salle HS
21 George Benigni 6'3" N/A G Jr. Chicago, IL, U.S. Notre Dame University
24 Eddie Brembs 6'4" N/A F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. N/A
N/A Joe Connors 6'0" N/A G Jr. New York, NY, U.S. Regis High School
N/A Tom Graham N/A N/A N/A So. Philadelphia, PA, U.S. N/A

1946–47 schedule and results[edit]


The March 13, 1947, game against Boston College was a post-season fundraiser which counted in the term's official final record.[9]

Date Opponent Result Record Site
Regular Season
Thu., Dec. 5, 1946 Idaho W 59–52  1-0 Uline Arena
Sat., Dec. 7, 1946 Penn State L 37–40  1-1 Brookland Gymnasium
Tue., Dec. 10, 1946 at Boston College W 70–56  2-1 Boston Garden
Thu., Dec. 12, 1946 Nevada W 55–46  3-1 Uline Arena
Tue., Dec. 17, 1946 at Richmond W 46–38  4-1 Richmond Arena
Fri., Dec. 20, 1946 Davis & Elkins W 70–31  5-1 Uline Arena
Thu., Jan. 2, 1947 North Carolina State L 41–52  5-2 Uline Arena
Wed., Jan. 8, 1947 Merchant Marine W 53–38  6-2 Brookland Gymnasium
Fri., Jan. 10, 1947 Villanova W 68–50  7-2 Brookland Gymnasium
Mon., Jan. 13, 1947 at George Washington L 37–45  7-3 Riverside Stadium
Wed., Jan. 15, 1947 Saint Louis L 42–52  7-4 Uline Arena
Thu., Jan. 23, 1947 Western Kentucky W 57–46  8-4 Uline Arena
Sat., Jan. 25, 1947 at Niagara W 66–64 OT 9-4 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Mon., Jan. 27, 1947 at Scranton W 61–31  10-4 Watres Armory
Thu., Jan. 30, 1947 Fordham L 42–58  10-5 Uline Arena
Sat., Feb. 1, 1947 at Catholic W 65–28  11-5 Brookland Gymnasium
Tue., Feb. 4, 1947 at Maryland L 49–55  11-6 Ritchie Coliseum
Fri., Feb. 14, 1947 at La Salle W 65–59  12-6 Philadelphia Convention Hall
Mon., Feb. 17, 1947 George Washington W 51–44  13-6 Uline Arena
Wed., Feb. 19, 1947 Scranton W 68–36  14-6 Uline Arena
Fri., Feb. 21, 1947 at Merchant Marine W 52–36  15-6 Kings Point Gymnasium
Fri., Feb. 28, 1947 at Duquesne L 38–47  15-7 Duquesne Gardens
Sat., Mar. 1, 1947 at Penn State W 50–42  16-7 Recreation Hall
Tue., Mar. 4, 1947 Duquesne W 57–39  17-7 Brookland Gymnasium
Thu., Mar. 6, 1947 at Villanova W 63–55  18-7 Villanova Field House
Thu., Mar. 13, 1947 vs. Boston College W 61–54  19-7 69th Regiment Armory
*Non-conference game. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.