1956–57 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1956–57 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1956–57 record 11–11
Head coach Tom Nolan (1st year)
Assistant coach Tommy O'Keefe (1st year)
Captain Game captains
Home arena McDonough Gymnasium
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The 1956–57 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1956-57 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Tom Nolan coached them in his first 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 11-11 – the best of Nolan's four-year tenure as head coach – and had no post-season play.

Georgetown's new head coach, Tom Nolan, had been a standout on the Georgetown basketball teams of the 1935-36, 1936-37, and 1937-38 seasons and would coach the Hoyas for four seasons. His assistant, who also joined the Hoyas this season, was Tommy O'Keefe, a star Georgetown player of the 1946-47, 1947-48, 1948-49, and 1949-50 seasons who had then played for a season in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In 1960, O'Keefe would succeed Nolan as Georgetown's head coach.[1]

Season recap[edit]

Senior forward Warren Buehler, who had taken a leave of absence from the team the previous season, returned this season and played in 20 games, scoring 228 points despite a slow start, with 20 or more points three times in games late in the season. He graduated after the end of the season as the top scorer and second all-time rebounder in Georgetown history at the time, with 1,134 career points and 461 career rebounds.[2]

Senior forward Joe Missett also played in 20 games and scored in double figures in each of them, averaging 15.9 points per game. He was the team's top scorer for the second straight year and became the first Georgetown player in history to lead the team in rebounds in three consecutive seasons.[3]

Senior guard-forward Matt White scored in double figures in all but five games, and over a nine-game stretch scored exactly 16 points six times.[4] Junior forward Ken Pichette averaged 11.0 points per game.[5]

The team finished with a record of 11-11, had no postseason play, and was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll or Coaches' Poll at any time.[6][7]



# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
5 Warren Buehler 6"4" 185 F Sr. Bayonne, NJ, U.S. Sweeney HS
6 Jack Wood N/A N/A F Jr. Newark, NJ, U.S. Good Counsel HS
8 John Clark 6'2" N/A G Jr. Binghamton, NY, U.S. Saint Patrick HS[disambiguation needed]
9 Dick Percudani 6'1" N/A G Sr. Elmhurst, NY, U.S. Power Memorial Academy
11 Les Sweitzer 6'4" N/A G So. Palmerton, PA, U.S. Palmerton HS
13 Jack Nies 5'10" N/A F So. Jersey City, NJ, U.S. St. Peter's Preparatory School
14 Dale Smith 6'4" N/A G Sr. Allentown, PA, U.S. Catholic HS[disambiguation needed]
15 Leo Phillips 6'5" N/A F Sr. York, PA, U.S. William Penn HS
17 Ken Pichette 6'3" 185 F Jr. Binghamton, NY, U.S. Central HS
18 Joe Titus N/A N/A F Jr. Bradford, PA, U.S. Bradford Area HS
20 Jim Oravec 6'2" N/A F So. Palmerton, PA, U.S. Palmerton HS
21 Dale Seymour 6'5" N/A G Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. Gonzaga College HS
22 Joe Missett 6"7" 205 C Sr. Villanova, PA, U.S. Malvern Preparatory School
24 Matt White 6'2" 205 F Sr. New York, NY, U.S. La Salle HS[disambiguation needed]
28 Randolph "Max" Schmeling 6'9" N/A C So. Spring Grove, PA, U.S. St. Francis HS[disambiguation needed]

1956–57 schedule and results[edit]


Notes[note 1] [note 2]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Sat., Dec. 1, 1956 Gettysburg McDonough GymnasiumWashington, DC W 85–44  1-0
Sat., Dec. 8, 1956 at American Uline Arena • Washington, DC W 94–77  2-0
Thu., Dec. 13, 1956 at New York University Madison Square GardenNew York, NY W 76–73  3-0
Sat., Dec. 15, 1956 Baltimore McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 80–71  4-0
Tue., Dec. 18, 1956 Catholic McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 91–66  5-0
Fri., Dec. 28, 1956 vs. New Mexico A&M N/A • Owensboro, KY
(All-American City Tournament)
L 74–80  5-1
Sun., Dec. 30, 1956 vs. Montana State N/A • Owensboro, KY
(All-American City Tournament)
L 71–75  5-2
Sat., Jan. 5, 1957 at Saint Peter's Jersey City ArmoryJersey City, NJ L 70–73  5-3
Tue., Jan. 8, 1957 George Washington McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 85–61  6-3
Fri., Jan. 11, 1957 American McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 89–58  7-3
Mon., Jan. 14, 1957 at Maryland Cole Field HouseCollege Park, MD L 59–62  7-4
Sat., Jan. 19, 1957 at Mount St. Mary's Alumni GymnasiumEmmitsburg, MD L 82–86  7-5
Sat., Jan. 26, 1957 Navy McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 66–77  7-6
Sat., Feb. 2, 1957 at Richmond Richmond ArenaRichmond, VA L 81–97  7-7
Tue., Feb. 5, 1957 La Salle McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 75–65  8-7
Sat., Feb. 9, 1957 Fordham McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 69–74  8-8
Tue., Feb. 12, 1957 at Loyola Maryland Alumni GymnasiumBaltimore, MD W 80–75  9-8
Sat., Feb. 16, 1957 at Seton Hall Walsh GymnasiumSouth Orange, NJ L 91–99  9-9
Tue., Feb. 19, 1957 at George Washington Uline Arena • Washington, DC W 83–75  10-9
Sat., Feb. 23, 1957 at Iona N/A • New Rochelle, NY W 88–70  11-9
Wed., Feb. 27, 1957 Maryland McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 69–82  11-10
Sat., Mar. 2, 1957 at St. Joseph's PalestraPhiladelphia, PA L 58–77  11-11
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.


  1. ^ Sources all agree that Georgetown's record for the season was 11–11, but the schedule posted by The Georgetown Basketball History Project – which also states that the overall record was 11–11 – shows 23 games played, consisting of 12 wins and 11 losses. The 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 61, only lists 22 games – 11 wins and 11 losses. The extra game listed by The Georgetown Basketball History Project is a 76-60 victory against Muhlenberg, on January 18, 1957. For the following 1957-58 season, The Georgetown Basketball History Project and other sources agree that Georgetown finished with a 10-11 record, but the Project lists only 20 games (9 wins and 11 losses) played. It does not list a Muhlenberg game in the 1957-58 season, but the media guide lists a 76-60 victory over Muhlenberg on an unspecified date that season, apparently in January 1958. It appears that the Georgetown Basketball History Project is mistaken in showing the 76-60 win over Muhlenberg as taking place in January 1957 and that it actually occurred a year later o January 18, 1958. ShrpSports.com confirms Georgetown winning at Muhlenberg 76-60 on January 18, 1958.
  2. ^ The schedule posted by The Georgetown Basketball History Project shows the two games of the All-American City Tournament in late December 1956, reflected in the table below. The 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 61, lists the two games as taking place sometime between the Mount St. Mary's and Navy games but provides no dates. An in-season tournament is more likely to have occurred in late December as shown here than in mid-January as suggested by the media guide.