1984–85 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1984–85 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1984–85 record 35–3 (14–2 Big East)
Head coach John Thompson, Jr. (13th year)
Assistant coach Craig Esherick (3rd year)
Assistant coach Mike Riley (3rd year)
Captain Patrick Ewing (1st year)
Home arena Capital Centre
Seasons
« 1983–84 1985–86 »
1984–85 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 St. John's 15 1   .938     31 4   .886
#1 Georgetown 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#15 Syracuse 9 7   .563     22 9   .710
Villanova 9 7   .563     25 10   .714
Pittsburgh 8 8   .500     17 12   .586
Boston College 7 9   .438     20 11   .645
Connecticut 6 10   .375     13 15   .464
Providence 3 13   .188     11 20   .355
Seton Hall 1 15   .063     10 18   .357
† 1985 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 1, 1985[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1984–85 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1984–85 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, Jr., coached them in his 13th season as head coach. They played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 35-3, 14-2 in Big East play. They won the 1985 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament and advanced to the final of the 1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, which they lost to Big East rival Villanova in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history. They were ranked No. 1 in the season '​s final Associated Press Poll and Coaches' Poll.

Season recap[edit]

Sophomore forward Michael Graham had angered Thompson with his inattention to final examinations at the end of the previous academic year, and Thompson left him off the team this year; he stayed out of basketball this season and waited for Thompson to return him to the team until the fall of 1985, when he transferred to the University of the District of Columbia to resume his basketball career.[2] However, freshman guard Perry McDonald joined the team this season, and he was destined to become one of Georgetown '​s great players. Although he did not start this season, he played in all 38 games off the bench, averaging 4.1 points per game. Most of his minutes came early in the season, and he had a season-high 15 points against Tennessee State.[3]

Sophomore forward Reggie Williams missed the first three games of the season with an injury and played off the bench in the fourth game, but he became a starter in the fifth game and remained one for the next 100 games of his collegiate career. During the season, he shot 50.6% from the field, led the team in scoring eight times, and averaged 11.9 points per game.[4] Sophomore guard-forward David Wingate shot over 50% from the field during Big East play and scored the 1,000th point of his collegiate career halfway through the season. He averaged 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game for the year.[5] Junior guard Michael Jackson, meanwhile, averaged 7.3 points per game, but made his greatest contribution to the Hoyas '​ offense with 242 assists, far and away a new school record. During the six NCAA Tournament games Georgetown played this season, Jackson averaged nine assists per game.[6]

After spending most of the previous season playing off the bench, senior forward Bill Martin returned to the starting lineup. He led the team in scoring in eight games, shot 54% from the field, and was second on the team in rebounding for the third straight year.[7] Junior guard Horace Broadnax completed his third season in a valuable reserve role, averaging 5.2 points per game; by the end of the season he had scored in double figures 18 times in his three years at Georgetown and was averaging 5.3 points per game for his career.[7]

Entering its game with No. 3 St. John's at the Capital Centre on January 26, 1985, No. 1 Georgetown had a 29-game winning streak that dated back to the previous season, when St. John '​s had defeated Georgetown at the Capital Centre on February 21, 1984. In the January 26, 1985, game, St. John's again beat Georgetown, with St. John's head coach Lou Carnesecca attired in an old sweater he had worn in five straight St. John's wins to combat the effects of a common cold, and his team was elevated to No. 1 in the next AP Poll. The New York City media dubbed it Carnesecca '​s lucky sweater, and Carnesecca wore it in every game after that as St. John's won another ten games in a row. When Georgetown and St. John's next met on February 26, 1985, in a game at Madison Square Garden nationally televised by ESPN, St. John's was ranked No. 1, Georgetown was ranked No. 2, and the rivalry between the two schools was at its peak. When Carnesecca – wearing his sweater – and Thompson met courtside for a pregame handshake, Thompson opened his coat to reveal that he was wearing a replica T-shirt of Carnesecca '​s sweater, drawing a roar of laughter from the crowd. Reggie Williams scored a season-high 25 points, and Georgetown went on to defeat St. John '​s in what went down in Georgetown and St. John '​s history as "The Sweater Game."[4][8]

Other than the one-point loss to St. John's on January 26 and a two-point loss to Syracuse two days later, Georgetown won every game during the regular season, dominating many of its opponents. Senior center Patrick Ewing averaged fewer than 10 shots per game for the season, but nonetheless scored in double figures in 12 of the 16 regular-season Big East games. He also averaged 14.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for the year.[9]

The Hoyas won the 1985 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, their second straight Big East Tournament championship and the fourth in Georgetown men's basketball history, defeating Connecticut in the quarterfinal, No. 13 Syracuse in the semifinal, and No. 2 St. John '​s in the final. Bill Martin averaged 17 points and seven rebounds per game during the tournament.[7]

Ranked No. 1 in the country, the Hoyas were the No. 1 seed in the East Region of the 1985 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – the seventh of 14 consecutive Georgetown NCAA Tournament appearances. They advanced to the Final Four for the third time in four years – defeating No. 14 Loyola of Chicago and No. 6 Georgia Tech along the way – and met St. John '​s in the national semifinal. Both teams had been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 for most of the season, and St. John '​s had a 4-4 record against the Hoyas over the preceding three years, a record unequaled by Georgetown '​s other opponents during the same period. St. John '​s '​ biggest scoring threat was senior guard Chris Mullin, who had averaged 25.8 points per game in his last eight games against Georgetown and had not scored fewer than 20 points in any of those games. Wingate held Mullin to 4-for-8 shooting from the field and eight points, Mullin '​s lowest scoring performance against the Hoyas since his freshman year. Reggie Williams scored 20 points in the game as Georgetown won to advance to the national championship game for the third time in four years.[4][5]

Georgetown was the heavy favorite to defeat Big East rival Villanova and win a second-straight national championship. Exceeding expectations, Villanova had had a storybook tournament, advancing from a No. 8 seed in the Southeast Region and upsetting Michigan, Maryland, and North Carolina to reach the championship game. Wingate had a team-high 16 points in the game and Reggie Williams scored 10 but turned his ankle late in the first half, an injury which slowed him for the rest of the game. Overall Georgetown shot 29-for-53 (55%) from the field, which might have been good enough to win most games. Villanova, however, set an NCAA record that still stands for team shooting percentage from the field in a single game, shooting 22-for-28 (78.6%) from the field as well as 22-for-27 (81.5%) from the free-throw line; after halftime, the Wildcats shot 90% from the field, missing only one field goal attempt in the entire second half. The record-breaking performance earned Villanova a two-point victory, defeating the Hoyas 66-64 in what many observers regard as perhaps the biggest upset in American sports history.[4][5][10]

Although denied a second-straight national championship, Georgetown was ranked No. 1 in the season '​s final Associated Press Poll and Coaches' Poll, Georgetown '​s only No. 1 ranking at the end of a season in either poll. The 1984-85 team '​s 35 wins was a new school record, breaking the previous record of 34 set by the national championship team of the previous year.

Ewing, who sportswriters and opposing fans had often accused of lacking the intellect to perform academically at Georgetown, graduated on time in May 1985. Generally considered the greatest player in Georgetown men's basketball history, he finished his four-year collegiate career with many school records, including highest career field goal percentage (.620), all-time leading rebounder (1,316), all-time leading shot blocker (493), second leading scorer (2,184), fifth in steals (167), and most games played in a career (143). During his four years with the team, the Hoyas had won one Big East regular season championship, won three Big East Tournament titles, played in four NCAA tournaments, made three Final Four appearances, played in three national championship games, and won one national championship. During the nine years of John Thompson, Jr. '​s tenure as head coach before Ewing '​s arrival, the Hoyas had won two NCAA tournament games; during Ewing '​s four years, they won 15.[9] Georgetown had an overall record of 121-23 during the Ewing years, winning fewer than 30 games in a season only once and never winning fewer than 22.

The 1984-85 season saw Georgetown '​s last Final Four appearance until the 2006-07 season. The Hoyas have not returned to the national championship game.

Roster[edit]

Source[3][4][5][6][7][7][9][11][12]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
10 Perry MacDonald 6'4" 190 F/G Fr. New Orleans, LA, U.S. George Washington Carver Senior HS
12 Kevin Floyd 6'2" N/A G Fr. Los Angeles, CA, U.S. Westchester HS
24 Bill Martin 6'7" 215 F Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. McKinley Technology HS
30 Michael Jackson 6'2" 175 G Jr. Reston, VA, U.S. South Lakes HS
32 Horace Broadnax 6'0" 190 G Jr. Plant City, FL, U.S. Plant City HS
33 Patrick Ewing 7'0" 240 C Sr. Cambridge, MA, U.S. Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
34 Reggie Williams 6'7" 190 F So. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
40 David Wingate 6'5" 185 F Jr. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
41 Tyrone Lockhart 5'10" N/A G So. Lexington, MA, U.S. Lexington HS
44 Ronnie Highsmith 6'8" N/A F Fr. Robersonville, NC, U.S. United States Army
51 Grady Mateen 6'11" N/A C Fr. Akron, OH, U.S. Central-Hower HS
52 Ralph Dalton 6'9" N/A C Sr. Suitland, MD, U.S. Fishburne Military School (Va.)

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1985 1 1 Patrick Ewing New York Knicks
1985 2 26 Bill Martin Indiana Pacers
1986 2 44 David Wingate Philadelphia 76ers
1986 2 47 Michael Jackson New York Knicks
1986 7 142 Ralph Dalton Cleveland Cavaliers
1987 1 4 Reggie Williams Los Angeles Clippers

[15]

Rankings[edit]

Source[16][17]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Improvement in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking. ██ Not ranked the previous week. RV=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1
Coaches [note 1] 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 1 1

1984–85 schedule and results[edit]

Sources[18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Regular Season
Fri., Nov. 23, 1984* at Hawaii-Hilo #1 Civic AuditoriumHilo, HI W 81-47  2,950 1–0
Mon., Nov. 26, 1984* at Hawaii Loa #1 Kailua GymnasiumKailua, HI W 74-45  2,326 2–0
Sat., Dec. 1, 1984* Southern Connecticut State #1 Capital CentreLandover, MD W 80-46  5,840 3–0
Wed., Dec. 5, 1984* Saint Leo #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 76-56  N/A 4–0
Sat., Dec. 8, 1984* Nevada-Las Vegas #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 82–46  N/A 5–0
Wed., Dec. 12, 1984* American #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 86–64  5,112 6–0
Sat., Dec. 15, 1984* #2 DePaul #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 77–57  N/A 7–0
Wed., Dec. 19, 1984* Morgan State #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 89-62  3,954 8–0
Sat., Dec. 22, 1984* at New Mexico #1 University ArenaAlbuquerque, NM W 69–61  17,029 9–0
Fri., Dec. 28, 1984* vs. Tennessee State #1 Roberto Clemente ColiseumSan Juan, PR
(Copa Navidad Tournament)
W 77-64  5,029 10–0
Sat., Dec. 29, 1984* vs. North Carolina A&T #1 Roberto Clemente Coliseum • San Juan, PR
(Copa Navidad Tournament)
W 61-56  3,871 11–0
Wed., Jan. 2, 1985 Seton Hall #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 83–56  8,060 12-0 (1-0)
Sat., Jan. 5, 1985 Boston College #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 82–80 OT 12,871 13–0 (2–0)
Tue., Jan. 8, 1985 at Seton Hall #1 Brendan Byrne ArenaEast Rutherford, NJ W 90–71  12,171 14–0 (3–0)
Sat., Jan. 12, 1985 at #16 Villanova #1 SpectrumPhiladelphia, PA W 52–50 OT 18,202 15–0 (4–0)
Wed., Jan. 16, 1985 Providence #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 85–44  10,634 16–0 (5–0)
Sat., Jan 19, 1985 at Pittsburgh #1 Civic ArenaPittsburgh, PA W 65–53  16,532 17–0 (6–0)
Wed., Jan. 23, 1985 Connecticut #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 79–66  9,325 18–0 (7–0)
Sat., Jan. 26, 1985 #2 St. John's #1 Capital Centre • Landover, MD CBS L 65–66  19,035 18–1 (7–1)
Mon., Jan 28, 1985 at #11 Syracuse #1 Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY L 63–65  32,229 18–2 (7–2)
Sun., Feb. 3, 1985* Arkansas #2 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 56–39  14,391 19–2
Wed., Feb. 6, 1985* Florida Southern #2 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 71–39  8,143 20–2
Sat., Feb. 9, 1985 at Boston College #2 Boston GardenBoston, MA W 78–68  14,681 21–2 (8–2)
Mon., Feb. 11, 1985 #19 Villanova #2 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 57–50  15,188 22–2 (9–2)
Sat., Feb 16, 1985 at Providence #2 Providence Civic CenterProvidence, RI W 87–73  12,150 23–2 (10–2)
Tue., Feb. 19, 1985 Pittsburgh #2 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 70–46  9,034 24–2 (11–2)
Sat., Feb. 23, 1985 at Connecticut #2 Hartford Civic CenterHartford, CT W 68–47  15,685 25–2 (12–2)
Wed., Feb. 27, 1985 at #1 St. John's #2 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY ESPN[8] W 85–69  19,591 26–2 (13–2)
Sun., Mar. 3, 1985 #12 Syracuse #2 Capital Centre • Landover, MD W 90–63  19,335 27–2 (14–2)
Big East Tournament
Fri., Mar. 8, 1985 vs. Connecticut #1 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Quarterfinal)
W 93–62  19,591 28–2
Sat., Mar. 9, 1985 vs. #13 Syracuse #1 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Semifinal)
W 74–65  19,591 29–2
Sun., Mar. 10, 1985 vs. #2 St. John's #1 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Final)
W 92–82  19,591 30–2
NCAA Tournament
Fri., Mar. 15, 1985 vs. Lehigh #1 Hartford Civic Center • Hartford, CT
(East Region First Round)
W 68–43  9,338 31–2
Sun., Mar. 17, 1985 vs. Temple #1 Hartford Civic Center • Hartford, CT
(East Region Second Round)
W 68–46  14,897 32–2
Thu., Mar. 21, 1985 vs. #14 Loyola #1 Providence Civic Center • Providence, RI
(East Region Semifinal)
W 65–53  11,913 33–2
Sat., Mar. 23, 1985 vs. #6 Georgia Tech #1 Providence Civic Center • Providence, RI
(East Region Semifinal)
W 60–54  11,913 34–2
Fri., Mar. 29, 1985 vs. #2 St. John's #1 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY
(Semifinal)
W 77–59  23,135 35–2
Mon., Apr. 1, 1985 vs. Villanova #1 Rupp Arena • Lexington, KY
(Final)
L 64–66  23,124 35–3
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No Coaches' Poll this week.

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Big East Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 65. Michael Graham
  3. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 30. Perry McDonald
  4. ^ a b c d e The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 33. Reggie Williams
  5. ^ a b c d The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 11. David Wingate
  6. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 14. Michael Jackson
  7. ^ a b c d e The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 19. Bill Martin
  8. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Sweater Game, February 1985
  9. ^ a b c The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 1. Patrick Ewing
  10. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Classic Games
  11. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1980-81 to 1989-1990
  12. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Player Directory: Jersey Numbers
  13. ^ http://www.ruppawards.com/index_files/Page356.htm
  14. ^ http://www.naismithawards.com/History/NaismithTrophy/tabid/58/Default.aspx
  15. ^ http://www.databasebasketball.com/draft/draftyear.htm?lg=N&yr=1984
  16. ^ 1984-85 Big East Conference Season Summary
  17. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Polls
  18. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1980s Seasons
  19. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
  20. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Big East Conference Schedule and Results
  21. ^ 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 64.
  22. ^ Official Basketball Box Score Georgetown vs Syracuse 1/28/85 at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
  23. ^ Official Basketball Box Score Syracuse vs Georgetown 3/3/85 at Capital Centre, Washington, DC
  24. ^ Official Basketball Box Score Syracuse vs Georgetown 3/8/85 7:00 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY