1932–33 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1932–33 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas logo.svg
Conference Eastern Intercollegiate Conference
1932–33 record 6–11 (3-5 EIC)
Head coach Fred Mesmer (2nd season)
Captain Johnny "Jake" Crowley (1st year)
Home arena Tech Gymnasium
1932–33 Eastern Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Pittsburgh 7 1   .875     17 5   .773
Temple 5 3   .625     15 6   .714
Carnegie Mellon 4 4   .500     4 5   .444
Georgetown 3 5   .375     6 11   .353
West Virginia 1 7   .125     10 14   .417

The 1932–33 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1932-33 NCAA Division I college basketball season. Fred Mesmer coached it in his second season as head coach.[2] For the first time in its history, Georgetown was a member of an athletic conference for basketball competition, joining Carnegie Tech, Pittsburgh, Temple, and West Virginia as founding members of the Eastern Intercollegiate Conference (EIC), which began play this season; Georgetown would remain a member of the EIC until it disbanded after the end of the 1938-39 season. The team played its home games at Tech Gymnasium on the campus of McKinley Technical High School in Washington, D.C.[3] – except for one home game it played at Central High School Gymnasium on the campus of Washington, D.C.'s Central High School – and finished with a record of 6-11 overall, 3-5 in the EIC.[4]

Season recap[edit]

Sophomore forward Ed Hargaden joined the varsity team this season and quickly emerged as a high scorer. In the first game of the season, on December 12, 1932, at Pittsburgh in Georgetown's first-ever EIC game, he scored 12 of the Hoyas' 18 points. In a conference game against West Virginia on February 6, 1933, he scored a season-high 18 points, and he finished the season with an average of 9.1 points per game – a considerable achievement in a low-scoring era – and was Georgetown's leading scorer for the year, as he would be in all three seasons of his varsity career.[5]

The team won only three of its first 11 games, also going 1-5 in its new conference during this stretch. It finished the year with a three-game winning streak, including two EIC games, giving it a final record of 6-11 overall and 3-5 in the EIC. It was the Hoyas' second 6-11 finish in a row and third straight losing record.

Hargaden's son, guard Ed Hargaden, Jr., would become the first second-generation Georgetown men's basketball player, playing for Georgetown on the 1957-58, 1958-59, and 1959-60 teams. The Hargadens would be the only father and son to play for the Hoyas until center Patrick Ewing's son, forward Patrick Ewing, Jr., joined the team in the 2006-07 season.[5]



This was the last season in which Georgetown players did not wear numbers on their jerseys. The first numbered jerseys in Georgetown men's basketball history would appear the following season.[6]

Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
Tom Carolan N/A N/A F Jr. Syracuse, NY, U.S. Christian Brothers Academy
Bill Connors N/A N/A G Jr. N/A N/A
Joe Corless N/A N/A G So. N/A N/A
Johnny "Jack" Crowley N/A N/A G Jr. N/A N/A
Ed Hargaden N/A N/A F So. Syracuse, NY, U.S. Christian Brothers Academy
Herman Heide N/A N/A G Jr. N/A N/A
Vernon Murphy N/A N/A C Sr. N/A N/A
Jerry O'Connor N/A N/A C Jr. N/A N/A
Charley Parcells 5'11" N/A F So. Hackensack, NJ, U.S. Hackensack HS

1932–33 schedule and results[edit]


It was common practice at this time for colleges and universities to include non-collegiate opponents in their schedules, with the games recognized as part of their official record for the season, and the January 13, 1933, game played against the Brooklyn Knights of Columbus therefore counted as part of Georgetown's won-loss record for 1932-33. It was not until 1952, after the completion of the 1951-52 season, that the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) ruled that colleges and universities could no longer count games played against non-collegiate opponents in their annual won-loss records.[12]

time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
Sat., Dec. 10, 1932
no, no
at Pittsburgh L 18–32  0-1
Pitt Pavilion 
Pittsburgh, PA
Fri., Dec. 16, 1932*
no, no
Duke L 30–35  0-2
Tech Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Thu., Jan. 5, 1933*
no, no
at Canisius W 28–26  1-2
Elmwood Hall 
Buffalo, NY
Fri., Jan. 6, 1933*
no, no
at Colgate W 29–26  2-2
Huntington Gymnasium 
Hamilton, NY
Sat., Jan. 7, 1933*
no, no
at New York University L 28–31  2-3
University Heights Gymnasium 
New York, NY
Fri., Jan. 13, 1933*
no, no
at Brooklyn Knights of Columbus L 22–27  2-4
New York, NY
Fri., Jan. 20, 1933*
no, no
St. John's L 24–31  2-5
Central High School Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Sat., Jan. 21, 1933
no, no
at Temple L 19–31  2-6
Mitten Hall 
Philadelphia, PA
Wed., Feb. 1, 1933
no, no
Temple L 41–44  2-7
Tech Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Sat., Feb. 4, 1933*
no, no
at Loyola Maryland L 31–41  2-8
Alumni Gymnasium 
Baltimore, MD
Mon., Feb. 6, 1933
no, no
West Virginia W 48–25  3-8
Tech Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Wed., Feb. 8, 1933*
no, no
Mount St. Mary's L 39–40  3-9
Tech Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Fri., Feb. 17, 1933
no, no
at West Virginia L Forfeit  3-10
WVU Field House 
Morgantown, WV
Sat., Feb. 18, 1933
no, no
at Carnegie Tech L 27–32  3-11
Skibo Gymnasium 
Pittsburgh, PA
Fri., Feb. 24, 1933
no, no
Pittsburgh W 28–27  4-11
Tech Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Sat., Feb. 25, 1933*
no, no
Baltimore W 45–15  5-11
Tech Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Wed., Mar. 1, 1933
no, no
Carnegie Tech W 43–41  6-11
Tech Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
*Non-conference game. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.