1948–49 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1948–49 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1948–49 record 9–15
Head coach Elmer Ripley (10th year)
Captain Ray Corley (1st year)
Home arena D.C. Armory
Seasons
« 1947–48 1949–50 »

The 1948–49 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1948-49 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Elmer Ripley coached it in his tenth season as head coach, the third season of his third stint at the helm. The team was an independent and played its home games for a second and final season at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. It finished with a record of 9-15 and had no post-season play.

Season recap[edit]

Senior guard Tommy O'Keefe and senior forward Ray Corley were the stars of the team. O'Keefe was the team's top scorer for a second straight season, with a season high of 22 points in the game against the New York Athletic Club.[1]

The 1948-49 squad started 6-3, but then lost 12 of its last 15 games to finish with a record of 9-15 – the least successful team in Ripley's ten Georgetown seasons – and had no post-season play. It was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll – conducted for the first time this season – at any time.[2]

Considered a legend in basketball, Ripley departed at the end of the season, having coached the Hoyas in three separate stints (1927-1929, 1938-1943, and 1946-1949) with an overall record of 133-82, including what was then the school's only appearance in a postseason tournament when the 1942-43 team advanced to the final game of the 1943 NCAA Tournament.[3] He was head coach of John Carroll from 1949 to 1951, Army from 1951 to 1953, the Harlem Globetrotters from 1953 to 1956, the Israeli Olympic basketball team in 1956, and the Canadian Olympic basketball team in 1960.

Roster[edit]

Sources[4][5]

Senior guard Tommy O'Keefe would later serve as Georgetown's assistant coach for four seasons from 1956 to 1960 and as head coach for six seasons from 1960 to 1966.[6]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
9 Italo Ablondi 6'0" G Jr. New York, NY, U.S. Stuyvesant HS
13 Dick Falvey 6'0" G Jr. New York, NY, U.S. La Salle Academy
15 Ken "Bud" Brown 6'4" F Sr. Muncie, IN, U.S. Burris Laboratory School
16 Tommy O'Keefe 6'0" G Sr. Jersey City, NJ, U.S. University of Notre Dame
17 Ray Corley 6'2" F Sr. New York, NY, U.S. La Salle HS
26 Vin Leddy 5'11" G Sr. New York, NY, U.S. Saint Francis High School[disambiguation needed]
28 John Mazziotta 6'5" F So. New York, NY, U.S. N/A
35 Johnny Brown 6'3" C/F Jr. Staten Island, NY, U.S. Tottenville, NY
36 Frank Alagia 6'1" F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. Andrew Jackson HS|33
N/A Joe Culhane N/A G Sr. Rochester, NY, U.S. University of Rochester
N/A Danny Supkis 6'7" F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. St. Alban's HS

1948–49 schedule and results[edit]

Sources[7][8][9][10]

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 a United States Army team from Fort Belvoir, Virginia, and the New York Athletic Club therefore counted as part of Georgetown's won-loss record for 1948-49. 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.[11]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site


Result Record
Regular Season
Tue., Dec. 7, 1948 Fort Belvoir D.C. ArmoryWashington, DC W 91–51  1-0
Sat., Dec. 11, 1948 at New York University Madison Square GardenNew York, NY L 59–70  1-1
Wed., Dec. 15, 1948 Penn State D.C. Armory • Washington, DC W 49–40  2-1
Fri., Dec. 31, 1948 at John Carroll Cleveland ArenaCleveland, OH W 73–53  3-1
N/A vs. St. Bonaventure Buffalo Memorial AuditoriumBuffalo, NY L 50–59  3-2
Fri., Jan. 7, 1949 at William & Mary George Preston Blow GymnasiumWilliamsburg, VA L 58–69  3-3
Sat., Jan. 8, 1949 at Richmond Richmond ArenaRichmond, VA W 69–44  4-3
Mon., Jan. 10, 1949 Maryland D.C. Armory • Washington, DC W 53–51  5-3
Wed., Jan. 12, 1949 at George Washington D.C. Armory • Washington, DC W 53–49  6-3
Sun., Jan. 16, 1949 at Canisius Buffalo Memorial Auditorium • Buffalo, NY L 43–52  6-4
Mon., Jan. 17, 1949 vs. Lafayette Alumni GymnasiumBaltimore, MD L 48–56  6-5
Fri., Jan. 28, 1949 #8 Villanova D.C. Armory • Washington, DC L 49–64  6-6
Wed., Feb. 2, 1949 Lafayette D.C. Armory • Washington, DC W 68–60  7-6
Sat., Feb. 5, 1949 St. John's D.C. Armory • Washington, DC L 54–65  7-7
Wed., Feb. 8, 1949 at Pennsylvania PalestraPhiladelphia, PA L 53–56  7-8
Sat., Feb. 12, 1949 Seton Hall D.C. Armory • Washington, DC L 53–70  7-9
Tue., Feb. 15, 1949 at Holy Cross Boston ArenaBoston, MA L 56–74  7-10
Thu., Feb. 17, 1949 at Maryland Ritchie ColiseumCollege Park, MD W 56–52  8-10
Sat., Feb. 19, 1949 at La Salle Philadelphia Convention Hall • Philadelphia, PA L 45–62  8-11
Wed., Feb. 23, 1949 George Washington D.C. Armory • Washington, DC L 42–57  8-12
N/A at New York Athletic Club New York Athletic Club Gymnasium • New York, NY W 64–55  9-12
N/A at Siena Washington Avenue ArmoryAlbany, NY L 39–44  9-13
Sat., Mar. 5, 1949 at Penn State Recreation HallState College, PA L 42–61  9-14
Mon., Mar. 7, 1949 at #14 Villanova Villanova Field HouseVillanova, PA L 57–65  9-15
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

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