1954–55 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1954–55 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1954–55 record 12–13
Head coach Harry "Buddy" Jeannette (3rd year)
Assistant coach Hugh Beins (2nd year)
Captain Game captains
Home arena McDonough Gymnasium
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The 1954–55 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1954-55 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Harry "Buddy" Jeannette coached them in his third season as head coach. The team was an independent and played its home games at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C.. It finished with a record of 12-13 and had no post-season play.

Season recap[edit]

Sophomore forward Matt White joined the varsity team this year after a year on the freshman team. He scored in double figures eight times, including a season-high 22 in an upset of Fordham in the opening game of the Queen City Tournament in Buffalo, New York. He averaged 11.2 points per game, but his year came to an abrupt end when, with seven games remaining, he was among four players suspended for the rest of the season for violating team rules during a road trip.[1]

Junior forward Warren Buehler had his second consecutive strong offensive season, scoring in double figures in 21 of the season '​s 25 games. For the second year in a row, the team lost one of its top scorers to an academic suspension at midseason, but Buehler compensated with ever-greater offensive performances, scoring in double figures in 15 of the final 16 games, including a season-high 31 points against Seton Hall. He ended the season as the team '​s top scorer for the second straight year.[2]

Like White, sophomore center Joe Missett came to the varsity from the freshman team. He played in 20 of the season '​s 25 games and proved a capable center who could open up scoring opportunities for forwards Buehler and White. He scored a season-high 22 points against New York University and finished the season averaging 9.3 rebounds per game and as the team '​ second-highest scorer after Buehler.[3]

The 1954–55 team opened the season at 9-3, but the various player suspenions affected its performance later in the year, and it lost 10 of its last 13 games and eight of its last ten. It finished the season with a record of 12-13, had no postseason play, and was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll or Coaches' Poll at any time.[4][5]



# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
5 Warren Buehler 6"4" 185 F Jr. Bayonne, NJ, U.S. Sweeney HS
6 Hank Morano 6'2" N/A G So. Union City, NJ, U.S. St. Peter's Preparatory School
9 Dick Percudani 6'1" N/A G So. Elmhurst, NY, U.S. Power Memorial Academy
11 John Morchower 6'7" N/A G Jr. Bayonne, NJ, U.S. Sweeney HS
12 Joe Bolger 6'3" N/A G Jr. New York, NY, U.S. Xavier HS
14 Dale Smith 6'4" N/A G So. Allentown, PA, U.S. Catholic HS[disambiguation needed]
15 Tucker Dunn 5'9" N/A G So. N/A N/A
18 Richard Wagner 6'2" N/A G So. Glendale, NY, U.S. St. John's Preparatory School
20 Jack Walsh 5'11" N/A F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. Brooklyn Preparatory School
21 Dale Seymour 6'5" N/A G So. Washington, DC, U.S. Gonzaga College HS
22 Joe Missett 6"7" 205 C So. Villanova, PA, U.S. Malvern Preparatory School
23 Ray Mazza 6'0" N/A G So. Cincinnati, OH, U.S. St. Xavier HS
24 Matt White 6'2" 205 F So. New York, NY, U.S. La Salle HS[disambiguation needed]
27 Ken Rode 6'4" N/A F So. New York, NY, U.S. St. Francis Preparatory School

1954–55 schedule and results[edit]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Wed., Dec. 1, 1954 Loyola Maryland Alumni GymnasiumBaltimore, MD W 74–63  1-0
Sat., Dec. 4, 1954 at Maryland Ritchie ColiseumCollege Park, MD L 43–60  1-1
Tue., Dec. 7, 1954 American McDonough GymnasiumWashington, DC W 65–61  2-1
Sat., Dec. 11, 1954 Saint Peter's McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 77–68  3-1
Wed., Dec. 15, 1954 Mount St. Mary's McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 76–74  4-1
Sat., Dec. 18, 1954 at St. Joseph's Philadelphia Convention HallPhiladelphia, PA W 61–53  5-1
Mon., Dec. 27, 1954 vs. Fordham Buffalo Memorial AuditoriumBuffalo, NY
(Queen City Tournament)
W 71–70  6-1
Tue., Dec. 28, 1954 vs. St. Bonaventure Buffalo Memorial Auditorium • Buffalo, NY
(Queen City Tournament)
L 59–66  6-2
Wed., Dec. 29, 1954 vs. Georgia Tech Buffalo Memorial Auditorium • Buffalo, NY
(Queen City Tournament)
W 68–62  7-2
Wed., Jan. 5, 1955 #6 George Washington McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 55–74  7-3
Sat., Jan. 8, 1955 at American Clendenen Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 79–65  8-3
Tue., Jan. 11, 1955 at New York University Madison Square GardenNew York, NY W 71–67  9-3
Mon., Jan. 24, 1955 at Miami N/A • Miami, FL L 81–84  9-4
Wed., Jan. 26, 1955 at Southern Mississippi N/A • Hattiesburg, MS L 65–67  9-5
Fri., Jan. 28, 1955 at #11 Spring Hill N/A • Mobile, AL W 82–75 4OT 10-5
Sun., Jan. 30, 1955 at Loyola New Orleans Loyola Field HouseNew Orleans, LA L 68–69 OT 10-6
Wed., Feb. 2, 1955 #3 La Salle McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 58–85  10-7
Sat., Feb. 5, 1955 at #3 La Salle Philadelphia Convention Hall • Philadelphia, PA L 46–74  10-8
Wed., Feb. 9, 1955 #19 Villanova McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 84–79  11-8
Sat., Feb. 12, 1955 Fordham McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 58–62  11-9
Tue., Feb. 15, 1955[note 1] Seton Hall McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 76–73  12-9
Tue., Feb. 15, 1955[note 1] Mount St. Mary's Alumni GymnasiumEmmitsburg, MD L 67–70  12-10
Sat., Feb. 19, 1955 at Navy Halsey Field HouseAnnapolis, MD L 54–77  12-11
Thu., Feb. 24, 1955 #17 Maryland McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 49–57  12-12
Tue., Mar. 1, 1955 at #13 George Washington Uline Arena • Washington, DC L 67–80  12-13
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.


  1. ^ a b The The Georgetown Basketball History Project lists the Seton Hall and Mount St. Mary's games as both taking place on February 15, 1955.