1949–50 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1949–50 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1949–50 record 12–12
Head coach Francis "Buddy" O'Grady (1st year)
Assistant coach Jim "Miggs" Reilly (1st year)
Captain Dick Falvey (1st year)
Home arena D.C. Armory
« 1948–49 1950–51 »

The 1949–50 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1949-50 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Francis "Buddy" O'Grady coached it in his first of three seasons as head coach. The team was an independent and played its home games at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. It finished with a record of 12-12 and had no post-season play.

Season recap[edit]

New head coach O'Grady had been a three-year standout guard on the Hoya teams of 1939-1942. After military service in World War II, he had played professional basketball for three seasons with the Washington Capitols and the Rochester Royals before retiring to coach at Georgetown.[1]

Although coaches of the freshman team had assisted the varsity team '​s head coach from time to time, Georgetown had never had a formal assistant coach on the varsity team until this season, when former Georgetown player Jim "Miggs" Reilly became the Hoyas '​ first formal assistant coach.[2]

Guard Tommy O'Keefe played an unprecedented fourth season on the varsity team this year. Freshmen were ineligible for varsity play under National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rules at the time, but this had been lifted for four seasons during and just after World War II. The NCAA restored freshman ineligibility in 1947, but when the Georgetown athletic department petitioned the NCAA to recognize O'Keefe '​s 1946-47 sophomore season at Georgetown as the equivalent of a freshman season prior to the NCAA restoration of freshman ineligibility, the NCAA agreed, allowing O'Keefe to play for Georgetown for a fourth season in 1949-50. He led the 1949-50 team, scoring in double figures in 21 of its 24 games. Early in the year, he shot 10-for-15 from the field in Georgetown '​s upset of Penn State, and he had a career-high 23 points in an upset of Rutgers. He finished as the team '​s leading scorer for the third straight year – the first Georgetown player to lead for three straight seasons in 15 years – and was selected to play on the East team alongside Holy Cross standout Bob Cousy in the East-West All-Star Game.[3]

The young, undersized 1949-50 team[3] started with a 10-5 record in its first 15 games, but then struggled, losing seven of its last nine games to finish the year at 12-12. It had no postseason play and was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll at any time.[4]

O'Keefe ended his Georgetown career with 1,018 points, the first Georgetown player in history to score more than 1,000 points. He would go on to play professional basketball for one season with the Washington Capitols and Baltimore Bullets in 1950-51 and to serve as Georgetown '​s assistant coach for four seasons from 1956 to 1960 and as head coach for six seasons from 1960 to 1966.[3]



# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
15 Mike Vitale N/A N/A G So. East Orange, NJ, U.S. Seton Hall Preparatory School
16 Tony Durmowicz 6'5" N/A F So. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Loyola HS
17 Don O'Leary 6'2" N/A G Jr. New York, NY, U.S. La Salle HS
25 Jay Kirby 6'3" N/A F So. Ridgewood, NJ, U.S. N/A
26 Clint Conlin 5'11" N/A G Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. N/A
27 Tommy O'Keefe 6'0" 180 G 5th year Jersey City, NJ, U.S. University of Notre Dame
28 John Mazziotta 6'5" N/A F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. N/A
29 Steve Rogers N/A N/A G Sr. N/A N/A
30 Johnny Brown 6'3" N/A C Sr. Staten Island, NY, U.S. Tottenville HS
31 Dick Falvey 6'0" N/A G Sr. New York, NY, U.S. La Salle Academy
32 Danny Supkis 6'7" N/A F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. St. Alban's HS
33 John Norris 6'5" N/A C So. Bangor, ME, U.S. Bangor HS
34 Italo Ablondi 6'0" N/A G Sr. New York, NY, U.S. Stuyvesant HS
35 Frank Alagia 6'1" N/A F Sr. New York, NY, U.S. Andrew Jackson HS

1949–50 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 December 9, 1949, game against the New York Athletic Club therefore counted as part of Georgetown '​s won-loss record for 1949-50. 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
Mon., Dec. 5, 1949 at Catholic Brookland GymnasiumWashington, DC W 73–46  1-0
Wed., Dec. 7, 1949 at American Uline Arena • Washington, DC W 68–63  2-0
Fri., Dec. 9, 1949 at New York Athletic Club New York Athletic Club GymnasiumNew York, NY W 78–70  3-0
Wed., Dec. 14, 1949 Penn State D.C. Armory • Washington, DC W 70–63  4-0
Sat., Dec. 17, 1949 Harvard D.C. Armory • Washington, DC W 58–53  5-0
Sat., Dec. 31, 1949 at La Salle Philadelphia Convention HallPhiladelphia, PA L 58–90  5-1
Sat., Jan. 7, 1950 Maryland D.C. Armory • Washington, DC L 65–71  5-2
Fri., Jan. 13, 1950 at St. John's 69th Regiment Armory • New York, NY L 66–67  5-3
Sat., Jan. 14, 1950 at #1 Holy Cross Worcester Memorial AuditoriumWorcester, MA L 51–77  5-4
Tue., Jan. 17, 1950 at Siena Washington Avenue ArmoryAlbany, NY W 47–42  6-4
Sun., Jan. 22, 1950 at Canisius Buffalo Memorial AuditoriumBuffalo, NY L 41–58  6-5
Sat., Jan. 28, 1950 George Washington D.C. Armory • Washington, DC W 68–66  7-5
Wed., Feb. 1, 1950 vs. Lafayette Clendenen Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 59–50  8-5
Sat., Feb. 4, 1950 at New York University D.C. Armory • Washington, DC W 71–60  9-5
Wed., Feb. 8, 1950 at Rutgers College Avenue GymnasiumNew Brunswick, NJ W 75–73  10-5
Thu., Feb. 9, 1950 at Fordham Rose Hill GymnasiumBronx, NY L 63–64  10-6
Sat., Feb. 11, 1950 Villanova D.C. Armory • Washington, DC L 45–73  10-7
Wed., Feb. 15, 1950 at George Washington Uline Arena • Washington, DC L 66–68  10-8
Sat., Feb. 18, 1950 at Gettysburg N/A • Gettysburg, PA W 71–65  11-8
Wed., Feb. 22, 1950 at Pennsylvania Palestra • Philadelphia, PA W 78–73  12-8
Tue., Feb. 28, 1950 at Seton Hall Walsh GymnasiumSouth Orange, NJ L 65–77  12-9
Sat., Mar. 4, 1950 at Penn State Recreation HallState College, PA L 56–65  12-10
Mon., Mar. 6, 1950 at Villanova Villanova Field HouseVillanova, PA L 72–82  12-11
Tue., Mar. 7, 1950 at Princeton Dillon GymnasiumPrinceton, NJ L 49–63  12-12
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.