1961–62 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1961–62 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1961–62 record 14–9
Head coach Tommy O'Keefe (2nd year)
Assistant coach Tom Coleman (1st year)
Captain Paul Tagliabue (1st year)
Home arena McDonough Gymnasium
« 1960–61 1962–63 »

The 1961–62 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1961-62 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Tommy O'Keefe coached them in his second season as head coach, but Georgetown's head coaching position paid so little that he could only coach part-time and held a full-time job outside of coaching in order to make ends meet, impairing his ability to recruit players.[1][2] 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 14-9 and had no post-season play.

Season recap[edit]

Sophomore guard Jim Christy joined the team as point guard this season. Early in the season he scored 25 points against VMI in the Richmond Invitational Tournament and was named the tournament '​s Most Valuable Player. He scored on a layup with five seconds left in overtime to defeat Seton Hall, and he had big games against George Washington and Rhode Island and in an upset of highly regarded Niagara.[3]

Senior center Bob Sharpenter scored 25 points against Fairfield, had a combined 44 points and 32 rebounds during the two games of the Richmond Invitational, and had 17 points and 13 rebounds against Seton Hall. On February 7, 1962, he had one of the top performances in Georgetown history in the game against St. Joseph's, shooting 16-for-28 from the field to score a Georgetown-record 40 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. Before the season ended, he went on to score 32 points and pull down 11 rebounds in the upset of Niagara, have a 27-point, 22-rebound performance against New York University, and score 30 points and get 18 rebounds against Rhode Island. He led the Hoyas in scoring and rebounding for the season and was named the team '​s Most Valuable Player.[4]

A good outside shooter, senior guard Jim Carrino shot 48% from the field for the season, the highest average on the team. He scored a career-high 30 points against Maryland, 22 in the upset of Niagara, and 25 in the season finale against Saint Peter's.[5]

Senior forward and team captain Paul "Tag" Tagliabue missed the December 15, 1961, game against Manhattan at Madison Square Garden in New York City to participate as a finalist in the Rhodes Scholarship competition. He averaged 11.3 points per game, with highs of 18 points against George Washington and 13 rebounds against St. Joseph's. He ended his collegiate career as one of Georgetown '​s great rebounders, second in history in both number of rebounds and average rebounds per game.[6]

The team played a then-record five overtime games during the season, winning four of them.[4] It finished the season with a record of 14-9, the greatest number of wins by a Georgetown men's basketball team since the 1946-47 season, but not enough to earn it an invitation to a post-season tournament. It was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll or Coaches' Poll at any time.[7][8]

A school-record eight seniors graduated from the team after the end of this season,[9] including every starter except Jim Christy.[3] The departing players had been responsible for 79.9% of the team '​s scoring.[9] The next season would be a rebuilding year.


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.[10]

Senior forward and team captain Paul Tagliabue later became Commissioner of the National Football League.


# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
4 Vince Wolfington 6"4" N/A F Sr. Haverford, PA, U.S. Malvern Preparatory School
10 Jim Christy 6"1" 185 G So. Brooklyn, NY, U.S. Saint Pascal HS
14 Jay Force 6'0" N/A G Sr. West Orange, NJ, U.S. West Orange HS
20 Joe Mazelin 6'2" N/A G So. Indianapolis, IN, U.S. Sacred Heart HS
22 Tom O'Dea 6"3" N/A G Sr. Westwood, NJ, U.S. Saint Cecelia School
24 Charles "Buddy" O'Donnell 6'3" N/A F So. Upper Darby, PA, U.S. Monsignor Bonner HS
32 Paul Tagliabue 6'5" 200 F Sr. Jersey City, NJ, U.S. Saint Michael's School
34 Ed Lopata 6'5" N/A F Jr. Vandergrift, PA, U.S. Vandergrift HS
40 Chuck Devlin 6'5" N/A F Sr. Philadelphia, PA, U.S. Germantown Academy
42 Jim Carrino 6'3" 190 G Sr. New York, NY, U.S. Archbishop Molloy HS
50 John Kraljic 6'4" N/A F Sr. New York, NY, U.S. Bishop Dubois HS
52 Dan Slattery 6'4" N/A F Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. Gonzaga College HS
54 Bob Sharpenter 6'7" 230 C Sr. Aurora, IL, U.S. Marmion Military Academy

1961–62 schedule and results[edit]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Sat., Dec. 2, 1961 at Loyola Maryland Alumni GymnasiumBaltimore, MD W 91–73  1-0
Wed., Dec. 6, 1961 at Maryland Cole Field HouseCollege Park, MD L 70–83  1-1
Sat., Dec. 9, 1961 Fairfield McDonough GymnasiumWashington, DC W 98–82  2-1
Mon., Dec. 11, 1961 American McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 71–68 2OT 3-1
Fri., Dec. 15, 1961 at Manhattan Madison Square GardenNew York, NY L 73–79  3-2
Mon., Dec. 18, 1961 at New York Athletic Club New York Athletic Club Gymnasium • New York, NY L 97–102  exhibition
Fri., Dec. 29, 1961 at Richmond Richmond ArenaRichmond, VA
(Richmond Invitational Tournament)
W 76–65  4-2
Sat., Dec. 30, 1961 vs. VMI Richmond Arena • Richmond, VA
(Richmond Invitational Tournament)
W 67–59  5-2
Wed., Jan. 3, 1962 Mount St. Mary's McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 86–70  6-2
Sat., Jan. 6, 1962 at George Washington Fort Myer GymnasiumFort Myer, VA L 65–82  6-3
Wed., Jan. 10, 1962 Maryland McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 79–78 2OT 7-3
Sat., Jan. 13, 1962 at Seton Hall Walsh GymnasiumSouth Orange, NJ W 84–83 OT 8-3
Wed., Jan. 17, 1962 at Navy Halsey Field HouseAnnapolis, MD L 56–64 OT 8-4
Sat., Jan. 20, 1962 George Washington McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 87–78  9-4
Thu., Feb. 1, 1962 at Fairleigh Dickinson Campus GymnasiumRutherford, NJ W 84–77  10-4
Sat., Feb. 3, 1962 at Fordham Rose Hill GymnasiumBronx, NY W 76–72  11-4
Wed., Feb. 7, 1962 at St. Joseph's PalestraPhiladelphia, PA L 70–81  11-5
Sat., Feb. 10, 1962 at Boston College Roberts CenterChestnut Hill, MA L 77–84  11-6
Wed., Feb. 14, 1962 Niagara McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 96–91  12-6
Sat., Feb. 17, 1962 New York University McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 72–70  12-7
Wed., Feb. 21, 1962 at #7 Duquesne Civic ArenaPittsburgh, PA L 52–72  12-8
Sat., Feb. 24, 1962 Rhode Island McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 93–71  13-8
Wed., Feb. 28, 1962 La Salle McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 76–78  13-9
Sat., Mar. 3, 1962 Saint Peter's McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 100–68  14-9
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.