1962–63 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1962-63 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1962-63 record 13–13
Head coach Tommy O'Keefe (3rd year)
Assistant coach Tom Coleman (2nd year)
Captain Ed Lopata (1st year)
Home arena McDonough Gymnasium
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The 1962–63 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1962-63 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Tommy O'Keefe coached them in his third 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.. It finished with a record of 13-13 and had no post-season play.

Season recap[edit]

After a successful 1961-62 season, Georgetown lost a school-record eight seniors to graduation. The departed players had been responsible for 79.9% of the team '​s scoring. Only two lettermen returned for 1962-63, and the only starter to return was the point guard, junior guard Jim Christy. In order to complete his roster, O'Keefe had to put five walk-ons on the 1962-63 team and rely on six newcomers in all.[3][4]

Christy and sophomore forward Jim Barry – newly arrived on the varsity team after a year on the freshman team, and destined to become perhaps the greatest player of Georgetown men '​s basketball '​s "Classic Era" (1943-1972) – were the main scoring threats on the team. They scored a combined 1,000 points during the 1962-63 season, and their performance allowed the inexperienced team to avoid a disastrous season in a rebuilding year.[3][4]

Barry made his varsity debut in the first game of the season against St. Joseph's and scored 29 points, which remains the school scoring record for a debut game. Through the first eight games, he averaged 16.5 points per game, the best on the team. Despite his efforts, however, the Hoyas returned home with a record of 2-7 after losing both their games in the Motor City Classic in Detroit, Michigan. Barry then began to turn in a lengthy list of high-scoring performances, and Georgetown embarked on a six-game winning streak – the longest Georgetown winning streak since the 1952-53 team opened 6-0 – that pushed its record to 8-7. During the streak, Barry averaged 28.9 points per game, and scored 31 points against Loyola and 41 against Navy.[4]

The winning streak ended with Georgetown losing all three games during a tough road trip in which they visited Niagara, Syracuse, and Maryland. Barry averaged 25.7 points per game in the three losses. Coming home with an 8-10 record, the Hoyas began another winning streak, winning five straight to move to 13-10 on the year, with Barry scoring 39 points against Manhattan and 21, 22, 25, and 28 points in the other four wins.[4]

For his part, Jim Christy appeared in 24 games and scored in double figures in 22 of them. His top games of the year included 26 points against Maryland, 34 against Holy Cross, and 32 against Rhode Island.[3]

The Hoyas closed out the season with three straight losses, but Barry had one more great performance. In the second-to-last game of the year, Georgetown visited La Salle at the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 26, 1963. Barry scored 30 points, and Philadelphia-area sportswriters judged it the best performance of the year at the Palestra, exceeding even the accomplishments there of Princeton '​s Bill Bradley and New York University '​s Barry Kramer during the season. Jim Barry ended the season scoring 20 or more points in 16 games and 30 or more points in six games, averaging a school-record 22.8 points per game, fourth among all sophomores in the United States.[4]

The team finished with a record of 13-13, the only team that did not have a winning record in O'Keefe '​s six seasons as head coach. However, it was a creditable record against a tough schedule in a rebuilding year that saw them win 11 of their last 17 games.[3][4]

The team was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll or Coaches' Poll at any time.[5][6]


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.[7]


# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
4 Jim Barry 6"6" 195 F So. Elizabeth, NJ, U.S. St. Peter's Preparatory School
10 Jim Christy 6"1" 185 G Jr. Brooklyn, NY, U.S. Saint Pascal HS
12 Joe Franz 6"5" N/A F So. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Loyola HS
14 John Prendergast N/A N/A G So. Utica, NY, U.S. Notre Dame Junior Senior HS
20 Joe Mazelin 6'2" N/A G Jr. Indianapolis, IN, U.S. Sacred Heart HS
22 John Brogan 6"1" N/A G Jr. South Orange, NJ, U.S. Saint Benedict's Preparatory School
24 Charles "Buddy" O'Donnell 6'3" N/A F Jr. Upper Darby, PA, U.S. Monsignor Bonner HS
30 Bill Fox 6'2" N/A F Sr. Auburn, NY, U.S. Auburn HS
30 Owen McGuill N/A N/A G Sr. Hampden, MA, U.S. Catholic High School[disambiguation needed]
32 Chuck Devlin 6'5" N/A F Jr. Philadelphia, PA, U.S. Germantown Academy
34 Ed Lopata 6'5" N/A F Sr. Vandergrift, PA, U.S. Vandergrift HS
40 Jerry Moriarity N/A N/A G So. Franklinville, NY, U.S. Ten Broeck Academy
42 Pardie Abadie 6'3" N/A F/C Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. Archbishop Carroll HS
44 Bill Hodgman N/A N/A F/C Jr. Grosse Pointe, MI, U.S. Austin HS[disambiguation needed]
50 Tom Cradock 6'4" N/A G So. St. Louis, MO, U.S. University HS[disambiguation needed]

1962–63 schedule and results[edit]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Sat., Dec. 1, 1962 St. Joseph's McDonough GymnasiumWashington, DC L 74–81  0-1
Tue., Dec. 4, 1962 Maryland McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 79–70  1-1
Fri., Dec. 7, 1962 at New York University Madison Square GardenNew York, NY L 65–85  1-2
Tue., Dec. 11, 1962 Duquesne McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 56–68  1-3
Thu., Dec. 13, 1962 George Washington McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 67–73  1-4
Mon., Dec. 17, 1962 at Rutgers College Avenue GymnasiumNew Brunswick, NJ W 84–79  2-4
Wed., Dec. 19, 1962 at Army Hayes GymnasiumWest Point, NY L 68–72  2-5
Fri., Dec. 28, 1962 vs. Detroit Cobo HallDetroit, MI
(Motor City Tournament)
L 82–103  2-6
Sat., Dec. 29, 1962 vs. Western Michigan Cobo Hall • Detroit, MI
(Motor City Tournament)
L 77–85  2-7
Thu., Jan. 3, 1963 Loyola Maryland McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 108–83  3-7
Sat., Jan. 5, 1963 at George Washington Fort Myer GymnasiumFort Myer, VA W 72–60  4-7
Tue., Jan. 8, 1963 at American Washington Coliseum • Washington, DC W 82–78  5-7
Sat., Jan. 12, 1963 Boston College McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 71–58  6-7
Wed., Jan. 16, 1963 Navy McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 83–71  7-7
Sat., Jan. 19, 1963 Fordham McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 74–70  8-7
Thu., Jan. 31, 1963 at Niagara Buffalo Memorial AuditoriumBuffalo, NY L 75–89  8-8
Sat., Feb. 2, 1963 at Syracuse Onondaga War MemorialSyracuse, NY L 70–76  8-9
Mon., Feb. 4, 1963 at Maryland Cole Field HouseCollege Park, MD L 72–73  8-10
Wed., Feb. 6, 1963 Loyola New Orleans McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 72–70  9-10
Sun., Feb. 10, 1963 Holy Cross McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 85–84  10-10
Sat., Feb. 16, 1963 Manhattan McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 89–87  11-10
Wed., Feb. 20, 1963 Lafayette McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 89–58  12-10
Fri., Feb. 22, 1963 at Fairfield New Haven ArenaNew Haven, CT W 79–61  13-10
Sat., Feb. 23, 1963 at Rhode Island Keaney GymnasiumKingston, RI L 84–97  13-11
Tue., Feb. 26, 1963 at La Salle PalestraPhiladelphia, PA L 72–75  13-12
Sat., Mar. 2, 1963 Seton Hall McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 76–78  13-13
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.