1968–69 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1968-69 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1968-69 record 12–12
Head coach John Magee (3rd year)
Assistant coach Bob Reese (3rd year)
Assistant coach Jim Brown (1st year)
Captain Jim Supple (1st year)
Home arena McDonough Gymnasium
Seasons
« 1967–68 1969–70 »

The 1968–69 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1968-69 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John Magee coached them in his third 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.. It finished the season with a record of 12-12 and had no post-season play.

Season recap[edit]

Diminutive guard Don Weber joined the team this season after an impressive stint with the freshman team the previous year. He played a fast-break style of offense and scored in double figures four times, including a season-high 22 points against William & Mary.[1]

Against Loyola in the first game of the season, junior center Charlie Adrion had 24 points and 19 rebounds. In the next game, he scored a career-high 40 points against American. Over the next three games after that – against Randolph–Macon, George Washington, and St. John's – he had a combined 91 points and 44 rebounds. Adrion led the team in scoring in nine of the season‍ '​s first 10 games, each time scoring in double figures.[2]

On February 13, 1969, Adrion scored only seven points against New York University, and against Rutgers two days later he suffered a season-ending knee injury.[2] With Adrion out, senior forward and team captain Jim Supple, who scored in double figures in 18 of the 23 games he appeared in during the season, stepped up his scoring production: He averaged 20 points per game after Adrion‍ '​s injury, led the team in scoring in six of the last seven games of the year, and finished the season averaging 16.5 points per game.[3]

Despite Supple‍ '​s efforts, the 1968-69 team continued a recent pattern of strong Georgetown starts followed by late-season collapses – the 1964-65 team lost seven of its final 10 games, while in 1966-67 the Hoyas lost eight of their final 11 games – that sank hopes for a berth in a post-season tournament. After going 10-5 in its first 15 games, it lost seven of its last nine[4] to finish with a record of 12-12. During the three seasons from 1966-67 though this season, Georgetown had a combined record of 6-18 in the last eight games of the season, 1-13 on the road.[3]

The 1968-69 team was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll or Coaches' Poll at any time.[5][6]

Roster[edit]

Source[1][2][3][7][8]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
10 Jerry Pyles N/A N/A G Jr. Oxon Hill, MD, U.S. Oxon Hill HS
12 Don Weber 5'8" 160 G So. Ridgewood, NJ, U.S. Don Bosco Preparatory HS
14 Dick Zeitler 5'11" N/A G So. Seaford, NY, U.S. Archbishop Molloy HS
20 Jim Higgins 6'1" N/A G Jr. Dumont, NJ, U.S. Don Bosco Preparatory HS
22 Tim Mercier 5'10" N/A G So. Jersey City, NJ, U.S. St. Peter's Preparatory School
24 Paul Favorite 6'8" N/A F Jr. Moorestown, NJ, U.S. Saint Joseph's Preparatory School
30 Bernard White 6'1" N/A G Sr. Ann Arbor, MI, U.S. George Mason University
32 Bob Hannan 6'3" N/A F So. Paterson, NJ, U.S. St. Mary HS
34 Mike Laska 5'11" N/A G Jr. Worcester, MA, U.S. Assumption Preparatory School
40 Ed MacNamara N/A N/A F So. Dumont, NJ, U.S. Bergen Catholic HS
44 Bill McGarrity N/A N/A F So. Rosemont, PA, U.S. Saint Joseph's Preparatory School
52 Jim Supple 6'4" 185 F Sr. Summit, NJ, U.S. St. Peter's Preparatory School
54 Charlie Adrion 6'8" 225 C Jr. Hillsdale, NJ, U.S. Don Bosco Preparatory HS

1968–69 schedule and results[edit]

Sources[9][10][11][12]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
Regular Season
Sat., Nov. 30, 1968
no, no
at Loyola Maryland W 94–74  1-0
Alumni Gymnasium
Baltimore, MD
Mon., Dec. 2, 1968
no, no
at American W 85–76  2-0
Fort Myer Gymnasium
Fort Myer, VA
Sat., Dec. 7, 1968
no, no
Randolph–Macon W 79–71  3-0
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Tue., Dec. 11, 1968
no, no
George Washington L 73–74 OT 3-1
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Sat., Dec. 14, 1968
no, no
at St. John's L 61–74  3-2
Alumni Hall
Queens, NY
Tue., Dec. 17, 1968
no, no
Navy W 70–55  4-2
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Fri., Dec. 20, 1968
no, no
Manhattan W 63–57  5-2
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Sat., Dec. 21, 1968
no, no
Seton Hall W 69–57  6-2
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Sat., Jan. 4, 1969
no, no
at Penn State L 50–52 OT 6-3
Recreation Hall
State College, PA
Thu., Jan. 9, 1969
no, no
at Holy Cross L 67–73  6-4
Worcester Memorial Auditorium
Worcester, MA
Tue., Jan. 14, 1969
no, no
at Columbia L 62–103  6-5
Alumni Gymnasium
New York, NY
Sun., Jan. 19, 1969
no, no
Fordham W 59–58  7-5
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Thu., Jan. 30, 1969
no, no
at Fairleigh Dickinson W 62–60  8-5
Campus Gymnasium
Rutherford, NJ
Sat., Feb. 1, 1969
no, no
at Fairfield W 76–72  9-5
New Haven Arena
New Haven, CT
Thu., Feb. 6, 1969
no, no
at Catholic W 62–59  10-5
Brookland Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Sat., Feb. 8, 1969
no, no
vs. William & Mary L 84–90 2OT 10-6
Fort Eustis Gymnasium
Newport News, VA
Mon., Feb. 10, 1969
no, no
Xavier W 77–63  11-6
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Thu., Feb. 13, 1969
no, no
at New York University L 67–87  11-7
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
Sat., Feb. 15, 1969
no, no
at Rutgers L 72–85  11-8
College Avenue Gymnasium
New Brunswick, NJ
Tue., Feb. 18, 1969
no, no
Boston College L 66–72 OT 11-9
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Thu., Feb. 20, 1969
no, no
Saint Anselm W 57–56  12-9
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Sat., Feb. 22, 1969
no, no
at George Washington L 74–112  12-10
Fort Myer Gymnasium
Fort Myer, VA
Tue., Feb. 25, 1969
no, no
St. Joseph's L 45–54  12-11
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
Sat., Mar. 1, 1969
no, no
Maryland L 78–83  12-12
McDonough Gymnasium
Washington, DC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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