1969–70 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team
|1969-70 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball|
National Invitation Tournament, First Round
|Head coach||John Magee (4th year)|
|Assistant coach||Jim Lyddy (1st year)|
|Captain||Charlie Adrion (1st year)|
|Captain||Jim Higgins (1st year)|
|Home arena||McDonough Gymnasium|
The 1969–70 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1969-70 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John Magee coached them in his fourth 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 18-7, Magee 's best record during his six seasons as head coach, and was the last Georgetown team to appear in a post-season tournament until the 1974-75 team played in the 1975 NCAA Tournament.
Since the 1942-43 team 's appearance in the 1943 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Georgetown had only been to the post-season once, when the 1952-53 team went to the 1953 National Invitation Tournament (NIT), after that never contending for the NCAA Tournament and always falling short of consideration for the NIT. Georgetown 's recent teams had been especially disappointing, losing seven of their final 10 games in the 1964-65 season, eight of their final 11 in the 1966-67 season, and seven of their last nine games in 1968-69, each time squandering a strong start that otherwise might have gotten them into the post-season. However, Coach Magee had higher hopes in 1969-70, with senior center Charlie Adrion, senior guard Mike Laska. and junior guard Don Weber returning and sophomore forwards Andy Gill, Mike Laughna, and Art White joining the varsity squad after a very strong 1968-69 season on the freshman team. Magee was especially excited about White, whom he declared in 1970 to be the "best prospect I have coached, and with the potential to be...the best in Georgetown history before he graduates." A general feeling existed among Georgetown fans that the team had a legitimate shot at a post-season berth, especially in the NIT.
With White consistently scoring in double figures and Laughna beginning the season and his varsity career with a 14-rebound performance against American, the Hoyas went 12-2 in the season 's first 14 games. In an unusual event during this stretch that would prove significant later, they were losing 41-26 on December 18, 1969, in the first half at an 18th-ranked Jacksonville team led by Artis Gilmore when hostile Jacksonville fans flooded onto the court, prompting Magee to pull his team from the game. The game 's officials ruled it a Georgetown forfeit and gave the Hoyas a loss. Georgetown appealed the decision to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and in February 1970 the NCAA overruled the officials ' decision and declared the game a "no contest," meaning that neither Georgetown or Jacksonville would be credited with a win or loss for the game.
In late December 1969, Laughna scored a combined 50 points and 31 rebounds against Penn State and Stanford in the Kodak Classic and was declared the Classic 's Most Valuable Player. In his next game after the Classic, he opened the new year of 1970 with a 19-rebound performance against Holy Cross.
In February, Charlie Adrion had 20 points and 15 rebounds against New York University and five days later scored 20 points at Boston College. Georgetown posted a home record of 12-1, the best in the history of McDonough Gymnasium at the time, and Laughna scored in double figures in 21 of the 25 games he played in, including the final 18 games of the year. Don Weber scored in double figures 15 times, averaging 11.2 points and 3.3 assists per game, and had a career-high 25 points against George Washington.
Despite this, the Hoyas suffered a number of road losses late in the year that again put the team 's hopes of a postseason bid in jeopardy, especially a loss to Manhattan at Madison Square Garden in New York City late in the season in which Adrion scored a season-low six points. But Saint Peter's upset Manhattan in the last game of the season while the Hoyas beat Penn State in their last regular-season game, with Laughna scoring 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds and Adrion scoring 13 points. This left Georgetown with an 18-6 regular-season record and prompted the NIT selection committee to invite the Hoyas to the 1970 NIT, the school 's first post-season tournament appearance in 17 years. The December 1969 "no contest" game at Jacksonville played an unforeseen role; if Georgetown had completed and lost that game or if the NCAA had stood by the game officials ' decision that Georgetown had forfeited, the Hoyas would have finished the regular season at 18-7, and that difference probably would have cost Georgetown its NIT invitation.
The Hoyas faced Louisiana State, led by Pete Maravich, at Madison Square Garden in the first round of the NIT, with CBS televising the game – at a time when there was no regular national television coverage of college basketball – to showcase Maravich. Although Maravich was averaging 45.2 points per game and had scored over 50 points in a game 28 times, Georgetown guard Mike Laska held him to 20 points in a man-to-man defense and Art White scored 28 points, helping Georgetown to come back from seven points down with 3:08 left in the game to close to 81-80 with 17 seconds left. But the Hoyas had to foul Maravich immediately to stop the clock, and he sank both his free throws to give Louisiana State an 83-80 lead. Georgetown closed to 83-82, but ran out of time and was knocked out of the tournament.
Pleased with the season despite Georgetown 's early exit from the NIT, Magee believed that it heralded a new era of success for Georgetown basketball, but it was not to be. The next season, the Hoyas would go a mediocre 12-14, and in Magee 's final season, 1971-72, they would fall to a dismal 3-23 record. It would take the arrival of John Thompson, Jr., as head coach in 1972-73 for Georgetown to begin its rise to the status of a national basketball power.
1969–70 schedule and results
|Tue., Dec. 2, 1969||American||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 80–78||1-0|
|Sat., Dec. 6, 1969||at Randolph–Macon||Crenshaw Gymnasium • Ashland, VA||W 76–71||2-0|
|Tue., Dec. 9, 1969||William & Mary||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 87–82||3-0|
|Tue., Dec. 11, 1969||Loyola Maryland||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 107–73||4-0|
|Sat., Dec. 13, 1969||at Navy||Halsey Field House • Annapolis, MD||W 90–81||5-0|
|Mon., Dec. 15, 1969||St. John's||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||L 64–71||5-1|
|Thu., Dec. 18, 1969||at #18 Jacksonville||Jacksonville Coliseum • Jacksonville, FL||26–41||Game ruled
|Sat., Dec. 20, 1969||at Florida State||Bobby Tully Gymnasium • Tallahassee, FL||L 65–98||5-2|
|Mon., Dec. 29, 1969||vs. Penn State||Rochester Community War Memorial • Rochester, NY
|Tue., Dec. 30, 1969||vs. Stanford||Rochester Community War Memorial • Rochester, NY
|Fri., Jan. 2, 1970||Holy Cross||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 76–75||8-2|
|Thu., Jan. 8, 1970||George Washington||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 100–81||9-2|
|Sat., Jan. 10, 1970||at Seton Hall||Walsh Gymnasium • South Orange, NJ||W 88–80||10-2|
|Wed., Jan. 14, 1970||at St. Joseph's||Palestra • Philadelphia, PA||W 89–80||11-2|
|Sat., Jan. 17, 1970||#13 Columbia||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 72–68||12-2|
|Sat., Jan. 31, 1970||at Fordham||Rose Hill Gymnasium • Bronx, NY||L 63–67||12-3|
|Wed., Feb. 4, 1970||Fairleigh Dickinson||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 74–63||13-3|
|Sat., Feb. 7, 1970||at Maryland||Cole Field House • College Park, MD||L 71–81||13-4|
|Thu., Feb. 12, 1970||New York University||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 94–72||14-4|
|Sat., Feb. 14, 1970||Rutgers||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 69–68||15-4|
|Tue., Feb. 17, 1970||at Boston College||Roberts Center • Chestnut Hill, MA||L 69–79||15-5|
|Sat., Feb. 21, 1970||Catholic||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 90–58||16-5|
|Tue., Feb. 24, 1970||Fairfield||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 95–70||17-5|
|Thu., Feb. 26, 1970||at Manhattan||Madison Square Garden • New York, NY||L 49–66||17-6|
|Sat., Feb. 28, 1970||Penn State||McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC||W 76–66||18-6|
|National Invitation Tournament|
|Sun., Mar. 15, 1970||vs. Louisiana State||Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
|*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
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- sports-reference.com 1969-70 Independent Season Summary
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- sports-reference.com 1969-70 Georgetown Hoyas Schedule and Results
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