1960–61 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team
|1960–61 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball|
|Head coach||Tommy O'Keefe (1st year)|
|Captain||Tom Coleman (1st year)|
|Home arena||McDonough Gymnasium|
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. The team would never have a losing record during his tenure as head coach, but also would make no post-season tournament appearances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1960–61 schedule and results
|Sat., Dec. 3, 1960||Loyola Maryland||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, 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 Armory • Jersey City, NJ||L 70–98||2-3|
|Wed., Dec. 28, 1960||vs. Mississippi||Haynes Gymnasium • Shreveport, LA
(Gulf South Classic)
|Thu., Dec. 29, 1960||vs. Northwestern State||Haynes Gymnasium • Shreveport, LA
(Gulf South Classic)
|Fri., Dec. 30, 1960||vs. Louisiana Tech||Haynes Gymnasium • Shreveport, LA
(Gulf South Classic)
|Sat., Jan. 7, 1961||at George Washington||Fort Myer Gymnasium • Fort Myer, VA||L 75–83||4-5|
|Wed., Jan. 11, 1961||at Maryland||Cole Field House • College Park, MD||L 47–55||4-6|
|Sat., Jan. 14, 1961||at Lafayette||Kirby Field House • Easton, PA||L 65–71||4-7|
|Wed., Jan. 18, 1961||at Mount St. Mary's||Memorial Gymnasium • Emmitsburg, 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 Gymnasium • Williamsburg, 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 House • Annapolis, 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 Gymnasium • Kingston, 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 Garden • New York, NY||W 92–69||11-10|
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Head Coaches
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Assistant Coaches
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 46. Tom O'Keefe
- basketball-reference.com Tommy O'Keefe
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 58. Tom Coleman
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 38. Brian Sheehan
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 45. Jim Carrino
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 50. Bob Sharpenter
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 43. Paul Tagliabue
- sports-reference.com 1960-61 Independent Season Summary
- sports-reference.com 1960-61 Polls
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1960-61 to 1969-1970
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Player Directory: Jersey Numbers
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1960s Seasons
- The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
- sports-reference.com 1960-61 Georgetown Hoyas Schedule and Results
- 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 61.