1960–61 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1960–61 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1960–61 record 11–10
Head coach Tommy O'Keefe (1st year)
Captain Tom Coleman (1st year)
Home arena McDonough Gymnasium
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The 1960–61 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1960-61 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Tommy O'Keefe 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.. The team finished with a record of 11-10 and had no post-season play, but it was the first Georgetown team to have a winning record since the 1955-56 season.

After Tom Nolan left the head coaching position after the end of the previous season to focus on coaching the Georgetown baseball team, Georgetown hired his assistant, O'Keefe, as his replacement. O'Keefe had been a stand-out on Hoya teams from 1946 to 1950. After that, the National Basketball Association '​s Washington Capitols selected him in the fourth round of the 1950 NBA draft, and he played for one season in the NBA, splitting it between the Capitols and the Baltimore Bullets. He later served under Nolan as assistant coach at Georgetown from 1956 to 1960. Georgetown '​s head coaching position paid so little that during his six seasons as head coach, he could coach the Hoyas only part-time, holding a full-time job time outside of coaching in order to make ends meet, and this impaired his ability to spend time on recruiting players.[1][2][3][4] The team would never have a losing record during his tenure as head coach, but also would make no post-season tournament appearances.

Season recap[edit]

Senior forward and team captain Tom Coleman scored a total of 52 points in the two games the Hoyas played in the Gulf South Classic in Shreveport, Louisiana, in late December 1960 as Georgetown won an in-season tournament for the first time since the 1952-53 season. In the Hoyas '​ upset win over Fordham in January 1961, he had one of the best games of his collegiate career, scoring 21 points and pulling down 13 rebounds.[5]

Senior guard Brian "Puddy" Sheehan played point guard and for the third straight season led the team in scoring. An excellent ballhandler, he had many assists in the era before assists were tracked regularly by record keepers. He played in all 21 games and scored in double figures in 15 of them, with a season-high 28 points against Boston College and a 16-point, 14-assist game against New York University (NYU) at Madison Square Garden in New York City in the final game of the year.[6]

Junior guard Jim Carrino became a starter this season and complemented Sheehan in the backcourt. A good outside shooter also capable of driving at the basket, he shot 44% from the field and scored 15 or more points nine times. He scored 24 points in the NYU game.[7]

After struggling in his sophomore year the previous season, junior center Bob Sharpenter improved his shooting and inside play. He scored in 20 of the season '​s 21 games, had four 20-plus-point performances, and averaged 12.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game. He would emerge fully as one of Georgetown '​s great players as a senior the following season.[8]

Junior forward Paul "Tag" Tagliabue led the team in rebounds. Like Sheehan, he played in all 21 games and scored in double figures 15 times, with a season-high 21 points against Rhode Island.[9]

Playing under a new coach and suffering from injuries that limited his playing time, senior forward Tom Matan appeared in only 16 games, but scored 21 points in the game against American. Although his sophomore year had been his most productive, he was a reliable shooter throughout his three-year varsity career and had played a big role in many of the more important games of his era.[8]

The 1960-61 team finished with a record of 11-10, giving Georgetown its first winning season since 1955-56. The team had no post-season play and was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll or Coaches' Poll at any time.[10][11]


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.[12]

Junior forward Paul Tagliabue later became Commissioner of the National Football League.


# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
4 Bill Johnston 6"7" N/A F Sr. Everett, WA, U.S. United States Army
10 Brian "Puddy" Sheehan 5"10" 155 G Sr. Silver Spring, MD, U.S. St. John's College HS (Washington, DC)
12 Ray Ohlmuller 6"4" N/A G Sr. West Englewood, NJ, U.S. Regis HS (New York, NY)
14 Jay Force 6'0" N/A G Jr. West Orange, NJ, U.S. West Orange HS
20 Tom O'Dea 6"3" N/A G Jr. Westwood, NJ, U.S. Saint Cecelia School
24 Tom Fitzpatrick 6'3" N/A F Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. St. John's College HS
32 Paul Tagliabue 6'5" 200 F Jr. Jersey City, NJ, U.S. Saint Michael's School
34 Ed Lopata 6'5" N/A F So. Vandergrift, PA, U.S. Vandergrift HS
40 Tom Matan 6'3" N/A F Sr. Chevy Chase, MD, U.S. Gonzaga College HS (Washington, DC)
42 Jim Carrino 6'3" 190 G Jr. New York, NY, U.S. Archbishop Molloy HS
44 Tom Coleman 6'4" 205 C Sr. Silver Spring, MD, U.S. Gonzaga College HS (Washington, DC)
50 John Kraljic 6'4" N/A F Jr. New York, NY, U.S. Bishop Dubois HS
52 Dan Slattery 6'4" N/A F Jr. Washington, DC, U.S. Gonzaga College HS
54 Bob Sharpenter 6'7" 230 C Jr. Aurora, IL, U.S. Marmion Military Academy

1960–61 schedule and results[edit]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Sat., Dec. 3, 1960 Loyola Maryland McDonough GymnasiumWashington, DC W 112–71  1-0
Tue., Dec. 6, 1960 Duquesne McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 81–95  1-1
Sat., Dec. 10, 1960 at American Washington Coliseum • Washington, DC W 91–78  2-1
Wed., Dec. 14, 1960 Maryland McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 67–78  2-2
Sat., Dec. 17, 1960 at Saint Peter's Jersey City ArmoryJersey City, NJ L 70–98  2-3
Wed., Dec. 28, 1960 vs. Mississippi Haynes GymnasiumShreveport, LA
(Gulf South Classic)
W 83–78  3-3
Thu., Dec. 29, 1960 vs. Northwestern State Haynes Gymnasium • Shreveport, LA
(Gulf South Classic)
W 90–65  4-3
Fri., Dec. 30, 1960 vs. Louisiana Tech Haynes Gymnasium • Shreveport, LA
(Gulf South Classic)
L 52–63  4-4
Sat., Jan. 7, 1961 at George Washington Fort Myer GymnasiumFort Myer, VA L 75–83  4-5
Wed., Jan. 11, 1961 at Maryland Cole Field HouseCollege Park, MD L 47–55  4-6
Sat., Jan. 14, 1961 at Lafayette Kirby Field HouseEaston, PA L 65–71  4-7
Wed., Jan. 18, 1961 at Mount St. Mary's Memorial GymnasiumEmmitsburg, MD L 79–93  4-8
Sat., Jan. 21, 1961 Fordham McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 73–70  5-8
Sat., Jan. 28, 1961 Muhlenberg McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 82–73  6-8
Sat., Feb. 4, 1961 at William & Mary George Preston Blow GymnasiumWilliamsburg, VA  cancelled 
Tue., Feb. 7, 1961 George Washington McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 93–88  7-8
Fri., Feb. 10, 1961 Boston College McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 102–78  8-8
Wed., Feb. 15, 1961 at Navy Halsey Field HouseAnnapolis, MD L 57–66  8-9
Sat., Feb. 18, 1961 Seton Hall McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 78–88  8-10
Wed., Feb. 22, 1961 at Rhode Island Keaney GymnasiumKingston, RI W 92–84  9-10
Sat., Feb. 25, 1961 Connecticut McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 99–80  10-10
Thu., Mar. 2, 1961 at New York University Madison Square GardenNew York, NY W 92–69  11-10
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.