1966–67 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1966-67 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1966-67 record 12–11
Head coach John Magee (1st year)
Assistant coach Bob Reese (1st year)
Captain Jim Lyddy (Senior year)
Home arena McDonough Gymnasium
Seasons
« 1965–66 1967–68 »

The 1966–67 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1966-67 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John Magee 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..

After the departure of Georgetown head coach Tommy O'Keefe at the end of the previous season, no college head coach or assistant coach applied for the job. Boston College head coach Bob Cousy recommended Magee, the head coach of Catholic Memorial School in Boston, Massachusetts. Georgetown hired Magee, who would go on to coach the Hoyas for six seasons.[1]

Season recap[edit]

Junior guard Dennis Cesar, an expert in shooting free throws, shot 12-for-16 from the field at Canisius. In the two games of the Kodak Classic in late December 1966, he scored a combined 40 points against Purdue and Dartmouth. Shortly after that, he had a 28-point game against Saint Peter's. A shoulder injury reduced his performance later in the year but did not stop him from scoring in double figures in all but two games this season.[2]

Senior forward Steve Sullivan played in all 23 games and scored in double figures in 21 of them, scoring 20 or more points ten times. In the season opener, he scored 33 points and pulled down 17 rebounds against American; later in the year he had 26 points and 23 rebounds against Syracuse, and in the last home game of the year, he had an 18-point, 16-rebound effort against Seton Hall. For the season, he averaged 12 rebounds per game, a school record at the time.[3]

Senior center Frank Hollendoner frequently got into foul trouble, but he shot 69% from the field and averaged 11.1 points per game for the season. He scored 22 points against Purdue and scored 15 points and had 15 rebounds against Navy.[4]

Sophomore forward Jim Supple joined the varsity team after a high-scoring season with the freshman team the previous year. He played in all 23 games and, although he often got in foul trouble, he scored in double figures in 15 of them. His season high was a 23-point performance against Boston College.[5]

In the 1964-65 season, Georgetown had started strong, raising hopes for a post-season tournament berth, but lost seven of its final 10 games to drop out of consideration for the post-season. Two years later, the 1966-67 Hoyas followed a similar pattern, starting 9-3 but losing eight of their final 11 games[6] to finish with a record of 12-11 and no post-season play. The team was not ranked in the Top 20 of the Associated Press Poll or Coaches' Poll at any time.[7]

Roster[edit]

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.[8]

Guard Bernard White joined the team this season as the first African-American recruit in Georgetown men's basketball history. He had played for George Mason University the previous season, but George Mason's men's basketball program did not receive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognition until 1967, so White retained the then-maximum three years of NCAA varsity eligibility when he joined the Hoyas.[9]

Source[2][3][4][5][8][10][11]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
10 Pete Mitchell 6"0" N/A G Sr. New Orleans, LA, U.S. Jesuit HS
12 Bruce Stinebrickner 6'1" 180 G Jr. West Hempstead, NY, U.S. St. Agnes Boys HS
14 Dennis Cesar 6'1" 180 G Jr. Clifton, NJ, U.S. Clifton HS
20 Jim Lyddy N/A N/A G Sr. Bridgeport, CT, U.S. Fairfield College Preparatory School
24 Steve Sullivan 6'8" 200 F Sr. East Orange, NJ, U.S. Essex Catholic HS
30 Bernard White 6'1" N/A G So. Ann Arbor, MI, U.S. George Mason University
32 Frank Hollendoner 6'11" 245 C Sr. Chicago, IL, U.S. St. Patrick HS
34 Lou Fusz N/A N/A G Sr. St. Louis, MO, U.S. St. Louis University HS
40 Rick Cannon 6'4" N/A F Jr. Elwood, IN, U.S. Wendell Willkie HS
50 Bob Knuppel 6'5" N/A F So. Wayne, NJ, U.S. DePaul Catholic HS
52 Jim Supple 6'4" 185 F So. Summit, NJ, U.S. St. Peter's Preparatory School
54 Bob Holder 6'4" N/A C So. Ridgewood, NJ, U.S. Don Bosco Preparatory HS

Rankings[edit]

The team was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll at any time.[12]

1966–67 schedule and results[edit]

Sources[13][14][15][16]

Date Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
Regular Season
Thu., Dec. 1, 1966 at American W 82–80  1-0 Fort Myer Gymnasium
Sat., Dec. 3, 1966 at St. John's L 62–70  1-1 Alumni Hall
Tue., Dec. 6, 1966 St. Joseph's L 82–86  1-2 McDonough Gymnasium
Sat., Dec. 10, 1966 Catholic W 91–78  2-2 McDonough Gymnasium
Wed., Dec. 14, 1966 George Washington W 52–51  3-2 McDonough Gymnasium
Sat., Dec. 17, 1966 at Canisius L 77–80  3-3 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
Mon., Dec. 19, 1966 at Rutgers W 90–87  4-3 College Avenue Gymnasium
Wed., Dec. 28, 1966 vs. Purdue
(Kodak/Rochester Classic)
W 104–82  5-3 Rochester Community War Memorial
Thu., Dec. 29, 1966 vs. Dartmouth
(Kodak/Rochester Classic)
W 101–69  6-3 Rochester Community War Memorial
Wed., Jan. 4, 1967 Fairleigh Dickinson W 76–54  7-3 McDonough Gymnasium
Sat., Jan. 7, 1967 St. Peter's W 72–70  8-3 McDonough Gymnasium
Wed., Jan. 11, 1967 Navy W 97–68  9-3 McDonough Gymnasium
Sat., Jan. 14, 1967 Manhattan L 70–76  9-4 McDonough Gymnasium
Sat., Jan. 28, 1967 Fordham L 82–85  9-5 McDonough Gymnasium
Thu., Feb. 2, 1967 at Loyola Maryland W 86–75  10-5 Alumni Gymnasium
Sat., Feb. 4, 1967 at Fairfield L 82–93  10-6 New Haven Arena
Thu., Feb. 9, 1967 at New York University L 77–83  10-7 Madison Square Garden
Sat., Feb. 11, 1967 Maryland W 80–49  11-7 McDonough Gymnasium
Sat., Feb. 18, 1967 at Syracuse L 95–108  11-8 Manley Field House
Wed., Feb. 22, 1967 at George Washington L 75–81  11-9 Fort Myer Gymnasium
Fri., Feb. 24, 1967 Boston College L 91–103  11-10 McDonough Gymnasium
Sun., Feb. 26, 1967 Seton Hall W 81–62  12-10 McDonough Gymnasium
Wed., Mar. 1, 1967 at Columbia L 71–82  12-11 Alumni Gymnasium
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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