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
« 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]



# 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]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Sat., Nov. 30, 1968 at Loyola Maryland Alumni GymnasiumBaltimore, MD W 94–74  1-0
Mon., Dec. 2, 1968 at American Fort Myer GymnasiumFort Myer, VA W 85–76  2-0
Sat., Dec. 7, 1968 Randolph–Macon McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 79–71  3-0
Tue., Dec. 11, 1968 George Washington McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 73–74 OT 3-1
Sat., Dec. 14, 1968 at St. John's Alumni HallQueens, NY L 61–74  3-2
Tue., Dec. 17, 1968 Navy McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 70–55  4-2
Fri., Dec. 20, 1968 Manhattan McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 63–57  5-2
Sat., Dec. 21, 1968 Seton Hall McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 69–57  6-2
Sat., Jan. 4, 1969 at Penn State Recreation HallState College, PA L 50–52 OT 6-3
Thu., Jan. 9, 1969 at Holy Cross Worcester Memorial AuditoriumWorcester, MA L 67–73  6-4
Tue., Jan. 14, 1969 at Columbia Alumni GymnasiumNew York, NY L 62–103  6-5
Sun., Jan. 19, 1969 Fordham McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 59–58  7-5
Thu., Jan. 30, 1969 at Fairleigh Dickinson Campus GymnasiumRutherford, NJ W 62–60  8-5
Sat., Feb. 1, 1969 at Fairfield New Haven ArenaNew Haven, CT W 76–72  9-5
Thu., Feb. 6, 1969 at Catholic Brookland Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 62–59  10-5
Sat., Feb. 8, 1969 vs. William & Mary Fort Eustis GymnasiumNewport News, VA L 84–90 2OT 10-6
Mon., Feb. 10, 1969 Xavier McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 77–63  11-6
Thu., Feb. 13, 1969 at New York University Madison Square Garden • New York, NY L 67–87  11-7
Sat., Feb. 15, 1969 at Rutgers College Avenue GymnasiumNew Brunswick, NJ L 72–85  11-8
Tue., Feb. 18, 1969 Boston College McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 66–72 OT 11-9
Thu., Feb. 20, 1969 Saint Anselm McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 57–56  12-9
Sat., Feb. 22, 1969 at George Washington Fort Myer Gymnasium • Fort Myer, VA L 74–112  12-10
Tue., Feb. 25, 1969 St. Joseph's McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 45–54  12-11
Sat., Mar. 1, 1969 Maryland McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 78–83  12-12
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.