1973–74 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1973-74 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
Conference Independent
1973-74 record 13–13
Head coach John Thompson, Jr. (2nd year)
Assistant coach Bill Stein (2nd year)
Assistant coach Frank Fuqua (1st year)
Home arena McDonough Gymnasium
« 1972–73 1974–75 »

The 1973–74 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1973-74 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John Thompson, Jr., coached them in his second 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.. A young and inexperienced team, it played inconsistently,[1] finished the season with a record of 13-13, and had no post-season play.

Season recap[edit]

Sophomore center Merlin Wilson had posted scoring and rebouding statistics unprecedented in Georgetown basketball history during his freshman year, drawing national attention. Opponents paid extra attention to defending against him this season, and foul trouble limited his performance in the early games. Thompson moved him to power forward in January 1974, and this allowed him to return to form, with 23 points and 16 rebounds against Chicago State and 23 rebounds each in games a week apart against Holy Cross and Penn State. He averaged 15.5 rebounds per game for the season, a school record still well beyond the average posted by any other Hoya.[2]

Sophomore guard Jonathan Smith led the team in scoring this season, finishing with 466 points, the third-highest total in a single season for a Georgetown player. He scored 20 or more points numerous times, averaged 25 points per game in the latter part of the season, and scored a season-high 32 points against Connecticut on February 16, 1974.[1]

Sophomore forward Bill Lynn had seen little action as a reserve the previous season, but a back injury to forward Mark Gallagher that ended Gallagher '​s Georgetown career gave Lynn more playing time this year. He finished the season second on the team in both scoring and rebounding with an average of 13 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, including 20 points and nine rebounds against 2nd-ranked Notre Dame and 28 points and 18 rebounds against Boston College.[3]

Freshman forward Larry Long scored a career-high 25 points against Boston College and finished the year averaging 7.1 points per game. He started every game, but an injury he suffered at St. Joseph's was the beginning of many injuries that would hamper him for the rest of his collegiate career.[4]

The 1973-74 squad was not ranked in the Top 20 in the Associated Press Poll or Coaches' Poll at any time.[5][6] It was the last Georgetown men's basketball team to finish a season without a winning record until the 1998–99 season. It also was the last one to have no post-season play in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) until the 2001-02 team declined an invitation to the 2002 NIT, and the last one to receive no invitation to either the NCAA Tournament or the NIT until the 2003-04 season.



# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
10 Tim Lambour 5'8" N/A G Sr. Altoona, PA, U.S. Bishop Guilfoyle HS
12 Alonzo Holloway 5'5" N/A G Fr. Washington, DC, U.S. St. Anthony's HS
14 Bill Lynn 6'9" 185 F So. Washington, DC, U.S. Springarn HS
20 Mike Stokes 6'2" N/A G So. Washington, DC, U.S. St. John's College HS
22 Rick Kentz 6'1" N/A G Sr. Summit, NJ, U.S. Delbarton School
24 Emmet Fitzgerald 5'9" N/A G Fr. Philadelphia, PA, U.S. Malvern Preparatory School
30 Jonathan Smith 6'1" 185 G So. Washington, DC, U.S. St. Anthony's HS
32 Larry Long 6'7" 200 F Fr. Washington, DC, U.S. Mackin HS
34 Mike MacDermott 6'4" N/A G Fr. Saratoga Springs, NY, U.S. St. Peter HS
40 Greg Brooks 6'6" N/A G So. Washington, DC, U.S. St. Anthony's HS
42 Aaron Long 6'2" N/A G So. Washington, DC, U.S. St. Anthony's HS
44 Merlin Wilson 6'9" 215 C So. Washington, DC, U.S. St. Anthony's HS
50 Paul Robinson 6'6" N/A F Sr. New York, NY, U.S. DeWitt Clinton HS
52 Art Williamson 6'8" N/A F Fr. Cleveland, OH, U.S. University School

1973–74 schedule and results[edit]


Date Opponent# Rank# Site

Result Record
Regular Season
Fri., Nov. 30, 1973 Saint Leo McDonough GymnasiumWashington, DC W 66–58  1-0
Sun., Dec. 2, 1973 Wheeling Jesuit McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 84–72  2-0
Wed., Dec. 5, 1973 at St. Bonaventure Reilly CenterOlean, NY L 68–75  2-1
Sat., Dec. 8, 1973 St. John's McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 85–82 OT 3-1
Tue., Dec. 11, 1973 at #4 Maryland Cole Field HouseCollege Park, MD L 83–115  3-2
Wed., Jan. 2, 1974 Chicago State McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 100–71  4-2
Sat., Jan. 5, 1974 at Seton Hall Walsh GymnasiumSouth Orange, NJ L 78–81  4-3
Wed., Jan. 9, 1974 at Navy Halsey Field HouseAnnapolis, MD L 55–56  4-4
Tue., Jan. 15, 1974 at #2 Notre Dame Athletic & Convocation CenterNotre Dame, IN L 77–104  4-5
Sat., Jan. 19, 1974 Boston University McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 77–52  5-5
Tue., Jan. 22, 1974 Fairfield McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 71–75  5-6
Sat., Jan. 26, 1974 Holy Cross McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 70–73  5-7
Tue., Jan. 29, 1974 Dickinson McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 65–53  6-7
Thu., Jan. 31, 1974 Siena McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 70–56  7-7
Sat., Feb. 2, 1974 Penn State McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 63–58  8-7
Tue., Feb. 5, 1974 at St. Joseph's Alumni Memorial FieldhousePhiladelphia, PA L 64–70  8-8
Sat., Feb. 9, 1974 Rutgers McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 57–55  9-8
Mon., Feb. 11, 1974 Assumption McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 63–72  9-9
Thu., Feb. 14, 1974 Loyola Maryland McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 74–67  10-9
Sat., Feb. 16, 1974 Connecticut McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 67–66  11-9
Tue., Feb. 19, 1974 American McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 77–68  12-9
Thu., Feb. 21, 1974 at Saint Peter's Jersey City ArmoryJersey City, NJ W 88–73  13-9
Sat., Feb. 23, 1974 at Fordham Rose Hill GymnasiumBronx, NY L 62–64  13-10
Tue., Feb. 26, 1974 George Washington McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 54–55  13-11
Sat., Mar. 2, 1974 at Boston College Roberts CenterChestnut Hill, MA L 68–92  13-12
Wed., Mar. 6, 1974 Saint Francis McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC L 62–78  13-13
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.