1959–60 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team
|1959–60 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball|
|Head coach||Tom Nolan (4th year)|
|Assistant coach||Tommy O'Keefe (4th year)|
|Captain||Ed Hargeden, Jr. (1st year)|
|Home arena||McDonough Gymnasium|
The 1959–60 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1959-60 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Tom Nolan coached them in his fourth and final 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.. The team finished with a record of 11-12 and had no post-season play.
Diminutive junior guard Brian "Puddy" Sheehan, the team's point guard and a dominant player throughout his college career, had emerged the previous season as Georgetown's top scorer on an undersized team. He continued as such this season among taller teammates, averaging 21.3 points per game in his first six games, including a 29-point performance against Saint Peter's and 27 against Niagara. In the ninth game of the year, he scored 23 points against Providence in the championship game of the Providence Invitational Tournament. Despite usually playing against opponents who were six inches (15 cm) taller, he was Georgetown's top scorer for the second straight year, averaging 15.6 points per game for the season.
Either Sheehan or junior center Tom Coleman led the team in scoring in 15 games. In addition to providing a strong defensive presence, Coleman scored in double figures ten times, with 24 against Fordham and a season-high 26 versus Boston College.
Sophomore guard Jim Carrino joined the varsity team this year after a season on the freshman team. As reserve during the year, he nonetheless provided welcome assistance to Sheehan in the backcourt, coming off the bench to average 12.2 points per game and score in 12 games, including 18 points against Brown, 24 against Fordham, and 26 against Boston College. An injury cut his season short and he appeared in only 15 games, but his performance earned him a starting spot on the next year's team.
Sophomore forward Paul "Tag" Tagliabue also joined the varsity team this season after a year on the freshman team. He scored in double figures in eight of his last ten games and demonstrated a willingness to fight for rebounds under the basket; he led the Hoyas in rebounding for the season, and, as a three-year starter, was destined to become one of the top rebounders in school history.
Another sophomore, center Bob Sharpenter, had been a high school standout and a top scorer on the freshman team the previous season, but he struggled with the transition to the varsity this year. Playing in only 12 games, he averaged only 4.5 points per game and shot only 34% from the field, and also showed defensive weaknesses. He would correct his shooting and defense the following season, and by his senior year would emerge as one of Georgetown's great players.
Junior forward Tom Matan had been a standout the previous season, but with taller players like Tagliabue and Sharpenter now on the team, he moved to a swing role in which he was not as productive. Nonetheless, he scored in double figures six times and had a season-high 21 points against Fairfield.
The 1959-60 team finished with a record of 11-12 and had no post-season play. The last Georgetown men's basketball team with a losing record until the 1967-68 season, it was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll or Coaches' Poll at any time.
Nolan left the head coaching position after the end of the season to focus on coaching the Georgetown baseball team, which he did through the 1978 season. He departed with a 40-49 record during his four-season tenure, with no winning seasons and no post-season tournament appearances. Georgetown hired assistant coach and former Georgetown and National Basketball Association (NBA) player Tommy O'Keefe as his replacement.
From the 1958-59 season through the 1967-68 season, Georgetown players wore even-numbered jerseys for home games and odd-numbered ones for away games; for example, a player would wear No. 10 at home and No. 11 on the road. Players are listed below by the even numbers they wore at home.
Senior guard and team captain Ed Hargaden, Jr., was the first second-generation Georgetown men's basketball player, his father, guard Ed Hargaden, having been a standout guard on the 1932-33, 1933-34, and 1934-35 teams. He also was the only second-generation player in school history until center Patrick Ewing's son, forward Patrick Ewing, Jr., joined the team in the 2006-07 season.
1959–60 schedule and results
|Wed., Dec. 2, 1959||Mount St. Mary's||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 81–73||1-0|
|Sat., Dec. 5, 1959||New York University||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||L 48–70||1-1|
|Wed., Dec. 9, 1959||American||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||L 60–65||1-2|
|Sat., Dec. 12, 1959||Saint Peter's||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 95–80||2-2|
|Mon., Dec. 14, 1959||at Maryland||Cole Field House • College Park, MD||L 48–59||2-3|
|Thu., Dec. 17, 1959||at Niagara||Buffalo Memorial Auditorium • Buffalo, NY||L 80–81||2-4|
|Sat., Dec. 19, 1959||at Duquesne||Civic Arena • Pittsburgh, PA||W 64–63||3-4|
|Tue., Dec. 29, 1959||vs. Brown||Alumni Hall • Providence, RI
(Providence Invitational Tournament)
|Thu., Dec. 31, 1959||at Providence||Alumni Hall • Providence, RI
(Providence Invitational Tournament)
|Wed., Jan. 6, 1960||at George Washington||Fort Myer Gymnasium • Fort Myer, VA||W 86–82||5-5|
|Sat., Jan. 9, 1960||at Manhattan||Madison Square Garden • New York, NY||L 82–90||5-6|
|Wed., Jan. 13, 1960||Maryland||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 66–51||6-6|
|Sat., Jan. 16, 1960||at La Salle||Palestra • Philadelphia, PA||L 79–80||6-7|
|Thu., Jan. 28, 1960||at Fairfield||New Haven Arena • New Haven, CT||W 91–74||7-7|
|Sat., Jan. 30, 1960||at Boston College||Roberts Center • Chestnut Hill, MA||L 77–93||7-8|
|Wed., Feb. 3, 1960||Muhlenburg||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 93–72||8-8|
|Fri., Feb. 5, 1960||at Fordham||Rose Hill Gymnasium • Bronx, NY||W 82–72||9-8|
|Sun., Feb. 7, 1960||at New York Athletic Club||New York Athletic Club Gymnasium • New York, NY||L 90–106||exhibition|
|Wed., Feb. 10, 1960||George Washington||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||L 67–73||9-9|
|Sat., Feb. 13, 1960||Lafayette||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 69–60||10-9|
|Wed., Feb. 17, 1960||Navy||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||L 68–79||10-10|
|Sat., Feb. 20, 1960||at Seton Hall||Walsh Gymnasium • South Orange, NJ||L 77–80||10-11|
|Fri., Feb. 26, 1960||Scranton||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 105–80||11-11|
|Sat., Feb. 27, 1960||Rhode Island||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||L 95–97||11-12|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 38. Brian Sheehan
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 58. Tom Coleman
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 45. Jim Carrino
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 43. Paul Tagliabue
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 50. Bob Sharpenter
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 79. Tom Matan
- sports-reference.com 1959-60 Independent Season Summary
- sports-reference.com 1959-60 Polls
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Head Coaches
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Assistant Coaches
- basketball-reference.com Tommy O'Keefe
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1950-51 to 1959-1960
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Player Directory: Jersey Numbers
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 41. Ed Hargaden
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1950s Seasons
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
- sports-reference.com 1959-60 Georgetown Hoyas Schedule and Results
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. Non-Collegiate Opponents
- 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 61.