1994–95 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1994–95 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas alternate logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Regional Semifinal
Conference Big East
Ranking
Coaches #16
AP #22
1994–95 record 21-10 (11-7 Big East)
Head coach John Thompson, Jr. (23rd year)
Assistant coach Craig Esherick (13th year)
Assistant coach Mike Riley (13th year)
Assistant coach Mel Reid (5th year)
Captain Don Reid (1st year)
Home arena USAir Arena
Seasons
« 1993–94 1995–96 »
1994–95 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Connecticut 16 2   .889     28 5   .848
#9 Villanova 14 4   .778     25 8   .758
#25 Syracuse 12 6   .667     20 10   .667
#22 Georgetown 11 7   .611     21 10   .677
Miami 9 9   .500     15 13   .536
Providence 7 11   .389     17 13   .567
Seton Hall 7 11   .389     16 14   .533
St. John's 7 11   .389     14 14   .500
Pittsburgh 5 13   .278     10 18   .357
Boston College 2 16   .111     9 19   .321
† 1995 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 3, 1995[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1994–95 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1994–95 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, Jr., coached them in his 23rd season as head coach. They played their home games at USAir Arena in Landover, Maryland. They were members of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 21-10, 11-7 in Big East play. Their record earned them a bye in the first round of the 1995 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, and they advanced to the tournament semifinal before losing to Connecticut. They were awarded a No. 6 seed in the Southeast Region of the 1995 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament – Georgetown's 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in 17 years – and advanced to the Southeast Region Semifinals before losing to region's No. 2 seed, North Carolina. They were ranked No. 22 in the season's final Associated Press Poll and No 16 in the postseason Coaches' Poll.

Season recap[edit]

Georgetown's transition from relying on feeding the ball to a "big man" at center to playing an uptempo offense focused on play by the guards continued this year. Senior George Butler had transferred to Georgetown from Tyler Junior College the previous season for his junior year to fill a gap at shooting guard that had hurt the Hoyas in 1992-93 and begin the transition. This season, Allen Iverson joined Butler in the backcourt.[2][3][4]

Iverson had been a stand-out in high school, but had been arrested and sentenced to prison for his supposed participation in a February 1993 fight in a bowling alley in Hampton, Virginia. Available evidence in the case ranged from doubtful to strongly suggesting his innocence, and his conviction and sentencing were racially charged. Most colleges and universities abandoned any plans they might have had to recruit Iverson. John Thompson had had a tendency over the years to pass on recruiting troubled players, but he responded to an appeal by Iverson's mother to give Iverson a chance to attend college by agreeing to sign him if he finshed high school and if his legal problems were resolved. Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder granted Iverson clemency and Iverson completed high school in time to participate in Georgetown's Jacob Kenner League, a summer basketball league for Georgetown and other Washington, D.C.-area college players played at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus, in 1994. On August 4, 1994, in his first game since his February 1993 arrest, he debuted with a 40-point performance, and by the end of the last of three Kenner League games on August 7 he had scored 99 points against some of the area's best college players. In an exhibition game the Hoyas played at McDonough in November 1994 against the Fort Hood Tankers, a United States Army team from Fort Hood, Texas, Iverson electrified the crowd with 36 points, five assists, and three steals in 23 minutes of play, shooting 19-for-21 (90.5%) from the free-throw line; by the time he reached 24 points in the game, he had scored as many points as the entire Fort Hood team. In the second and final exhibition game of the preseason, he scored 39 points against Croatia and again appeared 21 times at the free-throw line.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Iverson's legal troubles and obvious athletic talent focused national attention on him, and he debuted in the regular season with a 19-point game against No. 1-ranked Arkansas in the season opener. Six days later he had 31 points against DePaul, and four days after that he scored 30 points against Providence. He led the team in scoring 22 times and scored in double figures in all but one game, the exception being at Villanova in a game in which he played only ten minutes and Thompson threatened to pull the Hoyas off the court and forfeit after Villanova students mocked Iverson by marching around the arena wearing black-and-white-striped prison uniforms and carrying a sign comparing Iverson to former American football great O.J. Simpson, then under arrest and awaiting trial for murder. After the game, Thompson told the press that the prison taunt was too offensive to tolerate and that he would not hesitate to pull his team off the court if anything like it ever occurred again, and such fan behavior did not recur.[4]

Iverson never scored in less than double figures again in his two-year collegiate career. With President Bill Clinton looking on, he had 26 points in a rematch with ninth-ranked Villanova at USAir Arena in which the Hoyas scored the game's first 11 points, forced 23 Villanova turnovers, had 16 steals, and upset the Wildcats 77-52 on national television. Iverson later had 21 points against Syracuse and 28 points against St. John's. He finished the year averaging 20.4 points per game, second highest in Georgetown history for a first-year varsity player, despite shooting only 39 percent from the field, 23 percent from three-point range, and 19 percent in three-point shots during Big East play.[4][10]

Fellow guard George Butler also began the season with high-scoring performances, his best of the year being 15 points against Memphis at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in Georgetown's only regular-season game ever played outside the United States and its territories prior to the opening game of the 2013-14 season. On January 7, 1995, however, he did not suit up for the day's game against Miami at USAir Arena, and Thompson announced after the game that he had been dismissed from the team for academic reasons. He left the team averaging 11.2 points per game for the year. In his one-and-a-half-season, 40-game Georgetown career, he had averaged 13.3 points per game.[3]

Junior center Othella Harrington's role already had diminished the previous season with Thompson's deemphasis of the center in Georgetown's offense in favor of uptempo guard play provided by Butler, and his performance declined further this season with the arrival of Iverson. He nonetheless contributed to Georgetown's scoring, notably with 27 points against 17th-ranked Syracuse in a game at the Carrier Dome in which the Hoyas came back from a 14-point deficit to upset the Orangemen. He averaged 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in his least successful season, but would enjoy a resurgence the following year.[2][10]

Junior forward Jerome Williams arrived as a transfer after two years playing for Montgomery College in Montgomery County, Maryland. He started all 31 games and immediately emerged as a top rebounder for the Hoyas, collectng 65 in the first five games, and averaging 31 minutes and 10 rebounds per game for the year. Displaying great defensive prowess, he scored 15 points and had 17 rebounds against DePaul, scored 17 and pulled down 15 rebounds versus Pittsburgh, and scored 11 points and grabbed 14 rebounds versus Connecticut. In the final two games of the regular season, against Seton Hall at USAir Arena and at Madison Square Garden against St. John's, he scored a combined 47 points and had 28 rebounds. He finished the year averaging 10.9 points and 10.0 rebounds a game for the season, becoming the first Georgetown forward to lead the team in rebounding since Reggie Williams.[11]

Senior center and team captain Don Reid led the team in scoring once with a 21-point performance against Morgan State in the second game of the season, and he averaged 7.2 points and 5.7 rebounds a game for the year.[12] Freshman forward Boubacar Aw, meanwhile, played in 30 games, all in a reserve role. He played particularly well against Connecticut late in the year, averaging 15.5 points and five rebounds per game in the final regular-season game against the Huskies and 1995 Big East Tournament semifinal game combined.[13]

In the Big East Tournament, Georgetown had a bye in the first round and defeated Miami in the quarterfinals behind a 31-point performance by Iverson, who outscored the entire Miami team during the first half. In the semifinals, Connecticut defeated the Hoyas, but Iverson scored 27 points.[4]

Georgetown was the No. 6 seed in the Southeast Region of the 1995 NCAA Tournament, and defeated Xavier in the first round. In the second round, Georgetown faced Weber State. The Hoyas had not advanced beyond the second round of the NCAA Tournament since the 1988-89 season, losing to its second-round opponent all four times it had gone to the tournament over that span. It looked as though the Hoyas would repeat the pattern when they fouled Weber State's leading scorer, guard Ruben Nembhard, with the score tied 51-51 and eight seconds left in the game. Nembhard missed his first free throw, however, and Iverson sped down the court to put up a shot for the win. It missed, but Reid grabbed the rebound and scored on a layup as time expired to win the game 53-51 in perhaps the highlight of the year. It was Georgetown's first last-second win since 1988, and Thompson was seen performing a courtside victory dance as his players celebrated.[10][12]

The win allowed Georgetown to advance to meet the Southeast Region's No. 2 seed, 4th-ranked North Carolina, in the region's semifinals. Iverson scored 24 points against the Tar Heels and held North Carolina's sophomore guard Jeff McInnis to a 1-for-8 (12.5%) shooting performance from the field, but North Carolina prevailed to knock Georgetown out of the tournament and bring the Hoyas' season to an end.[4]

Roster[edit]

Source[2][3][4][11][14][15][16][17]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
3 Allen Iverson 6'0" 165 G Fr. Hampton, VA, U.S. Bethel HS
4 John Jacques 6'3" 175 F Sr. Delco, NC, U.S. Acme-Delco HS
10 Eric Myles 5'10" 185 G Fr. Napoleonville, LA, U.S. Assumption HS
11 Irvin Church 6'1" 185 G Sr. Parkdale, MD, U.S. Parkdale HS
12 Dean Berry 5'10" 168 G Fr. Brooklyn, NY, U.S. Episcopal HS[disambiguation needed]
13 Brendan Gaughan 5'9" 180 G/F So. Las Vegas, NV, U.S. Bishop Gorman HS
22 Boubacar Aw 6'7" 195 F Fr. Thiès, Senegal East Columbus HS (Lake Waccamaw, NC)
25 Jerry Nichols 6'4" 210 G/F Fr. Jackson, MS, U.S. Lanier HS
30 George Butler 6'2" 225 G Sr. Gary, IN, U.S. Tyler Junior College (Texas)

Lamar University

32 Kevin Millen 6'6" 185 F Sr. Memphis, TN, U.S. Raleigh-Egypt HS
42 Jerome Williams 6'9" 200 F Jr. Germantown, MD, U.S. Colonel Zadok A. Magruder HS

Montgomery County Community College (Maryland)

44 Cheikh "Ya-Ya" Dia 6'9" 210 F/C So. Dakar, Senegal St. John's Prep-Prospect Hall (Maryland)
50 Othella Harrington 6'9" 240 C Jr. Jackson, MS, U.S. Murrah HS
52 Don Reid 6'8" 270 F Sr. Largo, MD, U.S. Largo HS
55 Jahidi White 6'9" 270 C Fr. St. Louis, MO, U.S. Cardinal Ritter College Prep HS

Rankings[edit]

Source[18][19]

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 Wk 16 Final Post
AP 15 14 19 18 15 12 12 12 10 10 14 13 20 23 24 22 [note 1]
Coaches N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 16

1994–95 Schedule and results[edit]

Sources[6][7][8][9][10][20][21][22][23][24]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Preseason
Tue., Nov. 8, 1994 Fort Hood (U.S. Army) #14 McDonough GymnasiumWashington, DC W 101-58  N/A exhibition
November 1994[note 2] Croatia #14 McDonough Gymnasium • Washington, DC W 89-83  N/A exhibition
Regular Season
Sun., Nov. 27, 1994* vs. #1 Arkansas #14 Pyramid ArenaMemphis, TN L 79-97  18,245 0–1
Wed., Nov. 30, 1994* Morgan State #19 USAir ArenaLandover, MD W 99-63  8,109 1–1
Sat., Dec. 3, 1994* DePaul #19 USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 74-68  N/A 2–1
Wed., Dec. 7, 1994 Providence #18 USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 76-74  8,657 3–1 (1–0)
Sat., Dec. 10, 1994* vs. Memphis #18 Maple Leaf GardensToronto, Ontario, Canada W 83-80 OT 10,830 4–1
Sat., Dec. 17, 1994* Maryland Eastern Shore #15 USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 85-46  8,367 5–1
Wed., Dec. 28, 1994* vs. Grambling State #12 ARCO ArenaSacramento, CA
(Sacramento Classic)
W 83–66  8,989 6–1
Thu., Dec. 29, 1994* vs. Fairfield #12 ARCO Arena • Sacramento, CA
(Sacramento Classic)
W 87–42  8,190 7–1
Wed., Jan. 3, 1995 at Pittsburgh #12 Civic ArenaPittsburgh, PA W 55-46  10,296 8–1 (2–0)
Sat., Jan. 7, 1995 Miami #12 USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 71–64  10,551 9–1 (3–0)
Tue., Jan. 10, 1995 at Seton Hall #10 Brendan Byrne ArenaEast Rutherford, NJ W 80-68  11,541 10–1 (4–0)
Sat., Jan. 14, 1995 Boston College #10 USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 75-60  11,558 11–1 (5–0)
Mon., Jan. 16, 1995 at #2 Connecticut #10 Hartford Civic CenterHartford, CT L 73–93  16,294 11–2 (5–1)
Thu., Jan. 19, 1995* Florida Atlantic #10 USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 70–55  8,466 12–2
Sun., Jan. 22, 1995 at Villanova #10 SpectrumPhiladelphia, PA L 60–66  17,332 12–3 (5–2)
Tue., Jan. 24, 1995 St. John's #14 USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 88–71  12,081 13–3 (6–2)
Sat., Jan. 28, 1995 Pittsburgh #14 USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 74–69  14,101 14–3 (7–2)
Mon., Jan. 30, 1995 7:30 p.m. #6 Syracuse #14 USAir Arena • Landover, MD L 75–76  16,352 14–4 (7–3)
Sat., Feb. 4, 1995 at Miami #13 Miami ArenaMiami, FL L 61–67  5,084 14-5 (7–4)
Wed., Feb. 8, 1995 at Boston College #20 Silvio O. Conte ForumChestnut Hill, MA L 67–78  8,606 14-6 (7–5)
Tue., Feb. 14, 1995 #1 Connecticut USAir Arena • Landover, MD L 85–91  17,690 14–7 (7–6)
Sat., Feb. 18, 1995 at Providence Providence Civic CenterProvidence, RI W 77–74  13,106 15–7 (8–6)
Mon., Feb. 20, 1995 #9 Villanova USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 77–52  17,969 16–7 (9–6)
Sun., Feb. 26, 1995 2:08 p.m. at #17 Syracuse Carrier DomeSyracuse, NY W 81–78  31,143 17–7 (10–6)
Wed., Mar. 1, 1995 Seton Hall #23 USAir Arena • Landover, MD W 96–92  15,012 18–7 (11–6)
Sun., Mar. 5, 1995 at St. John's #23 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY L 77–86  17,238 18–8 (11–7)
Big East Tournament
Fri., Mar. 10, 1995 vs. Miami #24 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Quarterfinal)
W 69–58  19,554 19–8
Sat., Mar. 11, 1995 vs. #6 Connecticut #24 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Semifinal)
L 81–88  19,554 19–9
NCAA Tournament
Fri., Mar. 17, 1995 vs. Xavier #22 Leon County Civic CenterTallahassee, FL
(Southeast Regional First Round)
W 68–63  7,875 20–9
Sun., Mar. 19, 1995 vs. Weber State #22 Leon County Civic Center • Tallahassee, FL
(Southeast Regional Second Round)
W 53–51  7,875 21–9
Sat., Mar. 25, 1995 vs. #4 North Carolina #22 Birmingham–Jefferson Civic CenterBirmingham, AL
(Southeast Regional Semifinal)
L 64–74  17,458 21–10
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ No Associated Press Poll this week.
  2. ^ Sources do not provide an exact date for this game, but it occurred after the Fort Hood game.

References[edit]

  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1994-95 Big East Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ a b c The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Top 100: 13. Othella Harrington
  3. ^ a b c The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Top 100: 80. George Butler
  4. ^ a b c d e f g The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Top 100: 5. Allen Iverson
  5. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Kenner League
  6. ^ a b Smallwood, John, "Have You Hoya'd? Household Name In Waiting Hoyas Freshman Iverson Is Being Compared With Greats," Daily News, November 16, 1994
  7. ^ a b Smallwood, John, "Have You Hoya'd? Household Name In Waiting Hoyas Freshman Iverson Is Being Compared With Greats," Knight-Ridder Newspapers, December 4, 1994
  8. ^ a b Rhoden, William C., "ON BASKETBALL; Saving the Story for the Game," The New York Times, November 10, 1994.
  9. ^ a b Rhoden, William C., "ON BASKETBALL; Iverson's TV Debut Eclipsed," The New York Times, November 28, 1994.
  10. ^ a b c d The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Classic Games
  11. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Top 100: 23. Jerome Williams
  12. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Top 100: 77. Don Reid
  13. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Top 100: 70. Boubacar Aw
  14. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1990-91 to 1999-2000
  15. ^ sports-reference.com 1994-95 Georgetown Hoyas Roster and Stats
  16. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Player Directory: Jersey Numbers
  17. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 23 – Jerome Williams
  18. ^ 1994-95 Big East Conference Season Summary
  19. ^ sports-reference.com 1994-95 Polls
  20. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1990s Seasons
  21. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
  22. ^ 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 65.
  23. ^ Official Basketball Box Score Syracuse vs Georgetown 1/30/95 7:30 p.m. at USAir Arena
  24. ^ Official Basketball Box Score Georgetown vs Syracuse 2/26/95 2:08 p.m. at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY