1983–84 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1983–84 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas logo.svg
National Champions
Big East Tournament Champions
Big East Regular Season Champions
Conference Big East
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1983–84 record 34–3 (14–2 Big East)
Head coach John Thompson, Jr. (12th year)
Assistant coach Craig Esherick (2nd year)
Assistant coach Mike Riley (2nd year)
Captain Gene Smith (2nd year)
Home arena Capital Centre
« 1982–83 1984–85 »
1983–84 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Georgetown 14 2   .875     34 3   .919
#18 Syracuse 12 4   .750     23 9   .719
Villanova 12 4   .750     19 12   .613
Boston College 8 8   .500     18 12   .600
St. John's 8 8   .500     18 12   .600
Pittsburgh 6 10   .375     18 13   .581
Connecticut 5 11   .313     13 15   .464
Providence 5 11   .313     15 14   .517
Seton Hall 2 14   .125     9 19   .321
† 1984 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 2, 1984[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983–84 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University in the 1983–84 NCAA Division I basketball season. John Thompson, Jr. coached them in his 12th season as head coach. They played their home games at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland, except for one game played at McDonough Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C.. The team was a member of the Big East Conference and finished the season with a record of 34-3 overall, 14-2 in Big East play. They won both the Big East regular-season championship, the 1984 Big East Tournament championship, and they defeated Houston in the 1984 NCAA Tournament final to win the first national championship in Georgetown history.

Season recap[edit]

The team had a tremendous run during the regular season, losing only three games – by only two points each to DePaul and Villanova and by only four points to St. John's in a game in which St. John's junior guard Chris Mullin scored 33 points. Georgetown's junior center Patrick Ewing shot 60 percent from the field; averaged 16 points (despite only shooting the ball eight to 10 times in most games), 10 rebounds, and 3.6 blocked shots per game; led the Hoyas in scoring in 23 games, including 14 of the last 17 games; and scored 20 or more points ten times, including 20 against Pittsburgh, 23 (and 15 rebounds) against Connecticut, 23 against Providence, and 25 against Boston College.[2]

Freshman forward Reggie Williams joined the team this season. Destined to become one of the greatest players in Georgetown history,[3] Williams started only nine games, but he appeared in all 37 games and usually played 15 to 20 minutes, generally scoring eight to 10 points; he averaged 9.1 points per game overall and 8.4 points per game in Big East play. His season high was 22 points against Syracuse.[3]

Sophomore guard-forward David Wingate played more at guard this season than he had the previous year. Among the top defenders in the Big East, he also was a strong offensive force for the Hoyas. During the two games of the Las Vegas Classic in late December 1983 – the second of which, on December 30, 1983, saw the first sell-out in the history of the new Thomas & Mack Center and was broadcast on national television by CBS[4] – he scored a combined 45 points, shot 21-for-21 from the free-throw line, and was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He played in all 37 games and consistently scored nine to 12 points, leading the team in scoring in three games. He finished the season averaging 11.2 points per game, leading the team in steals, and second in assists.[5]

Sophomore guard Michael Jackson missed the first five games of the season with a shoulder injury and did not start games consistently until January 1984, but he started 22 of the 31 games in which he played. He shot 56 percent from the field and averaged 10.5 points per game, and his 137 steals led the team.[6]

Junior forward Bill Martin started the first six games of the season before moving to the bench in early December 1983 to play a role as a key reserve for the remainder of the season. Off the bench, he averaged 27 minutes per game in Georgetown's 16 Big East regular season games and had four double-doubles in conference play. In the two games against Boston College he had a combined 32 points and 20 rebounds, and in the two against Connecticut he scored a combined 22 points and had 17 rebounds. His best game, however, was a nationally televised mid-February 1984 non-conference contest against Brigham Young, in which he shot 8-for-8 from the field, had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and on defense held Cougars forward Devin Durrant, who was averaging 27.9 points per game, to 5-for-16 (31.3%) shooting from the field. Martin finished the year averaging 8.9 points per game.[7]

Senior guard and team captain Gene Smith, a defensive specialist, saw limited playing time, but averaged 22 minutes a game and led the team in steals. In Big East play he shot 59% from the field.[8]

The Hoyas were the Big East regular-season champions, finishing with a 14-2 record. They received a bye in the first round of the 1984 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament and defeated Providence in the quarterfinals. They beat St. John's in the semifinals, with Ewing shooting 11-for-12 (91.7%) from the field and Williams scoring 17 points. They met arch-rival Syracuse in the final, in which Syracuse's Dwayne "Pearl" Washington scored 27 points, while Ewing also scored 27 and pulled down 16 rebounds. With Syracuse in the lead and Ewing sitting on the bench with four fouls, Georgetown freshman forward Michael Graham entered the game to contain Syracuse's Andre Hawkins, drawing national attention with his defensive effort. At one point, with Graham and Hawkins fighting for a rebound under the basket, Graham appeared to take a swing at Hawkins and an official immediately called a technical foul and ejected him from the game; after the officials conferred with one another, however, they changed the call to a personal foul, allowing Graham to stay in the game and incensing Syracuse fans. With Michael Jackson scoring critical late-game free throws – part of a 20-point performance, including 8-for-8 from the free-throw line – Georgetown came back to tie the game and force overtime, during which the Hoyas pulled away to an 81-72 win and the Big East Tournament championship for the third time in the program's history, with Ewing averaging 23 points a game during the tournament. In the post-game press conference, Syracuse's head coach Jim Boeheim overturned a chair in anger and declared "The best team did not win tonight!"[2][9][10]

Seeded No. 1 in the West Region of the 1984 NCAA Tournament – the sixth of 14 consecutive Georgetown NCAA Tournament appearances – the Hoyas received a first-round bye. They had a scare in the second round, narrowly missing being upset in a pre-shot-clock-era slowdown game against a Southern Methodist team led by center Jon Koncak. SMU led 24-16 at halftime. In the second half, Georgetown came back to lead 32-26 with eight minutes left, but SMU managed to tie the game at 34-34 with 2:46 to go. With 51 seconds left, SMU fouled Gene Smith, who missed the first shot of a one-and-one, but Ewing tipped the ball in for a basket and a 36-34 lead. After SMU's Johnny Fuller missed a shot, SMU was forced to foul Michael Jackson to stop the clock, and Jackson scored on one of his two free throws to give Georgetown a 37-34 lead. No three-point shot yet existed in the tournament, so the Mustangs raced down the court and scored to narrow the lead to 37-36, but then time expired. After the game, fans and sportswriters noted that had Smith made his free throws, SMU could have tied the game to put it into overtime, and had Ewing not tipped in Smith's miss, the Mustangs could have won the game with their basket on the final play.[2][9][11]

Georgetown continued to advance, reaching the Final Four for the third time in school history and second time in three years to face Kentucky, a team which had never lost a national semifinal game and was led by the "Twin Towers," Sam Bowie and Melvin Turpin. Bowie and Turpin managed to get Ewing into foul trouble early, and with him on the bench and Reggie Williams shooting only 1-for-7 (14.3%) from the field during the game, the Wildcats raced out to a 27-15 lead with 3:06 left in the first half. After that however, the Hoyas made a defensive stand still unequalled in college basketball: Kentucky did not score again in the first half; the Wildcats also did not score in the first 9 minutes 55 seconds of the second half, missing their first 12 shots and after that shooting 3-for-21 (14.3%) during the remainder of the game. Overall, Kentucky shot 3-for-33 (9.1 percent) from the field during the second half. Although he played for only 17 minutes and suffered a season-ending foot injury in the second half, Gene Smith had one of the best defensive games of his career. Bowie and Turpin finished the game a combined 0-for-12, Wingate scored 12 points and held Kentucky's Jim Master to 2-for-7 (28.6%) shooting from the field, Michael Jackson scored 12 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, and Georgetown won 53-40 to advance to the national final for the third time in school history and second time in three years.[2][3][5][6][8][9]

In the NCAA final, Georgetown faced Houston on April 2, 1984. Reggie Williams demonstrated his true potential for the first time, putting in a strong defensive performance and shooting 9-for-18 (50.0%) from the field with 19 points and seven rebounds in the game, while Wingate scored 16 points and Ewing managed 10 points and nine rebounds. Jackson scored 11 points and had six assists, two of which set up Ewing and Graham for decisive baskets late in the game. The game was decided well before the final whistle, and the Hoyas won the school's first national championship 84-75. Late in the game, with Georgetown enjoying a comfortable lead, Thompson began to pull starters out and give bench players some time on the court; the game's enduring image came when senior guard Fred Brown came out of the game. Two years earlier, Brown had mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina's James Worthy in the last seconds of the 1982 championship game, ruining Georgetown's chances for a final game-winning shot and allowing North Carolina to take the national championship, and cameras had captured Thompson consoling a devastated Brown with a hug as the Tar Heels celebrated. As Brown left the 1984 championship game, cameras caught Brown and Thompson again embracing on the sideline, this time to celebrate a victory.[2][3][5][6][9][12]

The 1983-84 Hoyas were ranked No. 2 in the season's final Associated Press Poll and Coaches' Poll and won what was then a school-record 34 games.[5] They remain the only Georgetown men's basketball team to win a national championship.



# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
20 Fred Brown 6'5" 190 G Sr. Bronx, NY, U.S. Adlai E. Stevenson HS
22 Gene Smith 6'2" 170 G Sr. Washington, DC, U.S. McKinley Technology HS
24 Bill Martin 6'7" 215 F Jr. Washington, DC, U.S. McKinley Technology HS
30 Michael Jackson 6'2" 175 G So. Reston, VA, U.S. South Lakes HS
32 Horace Broadnax 6'0" 190 G So. Plant City, FL, U.S. Plant City HS
33 Patrick Ewing 7'0" 240 C Jr. Cambridge, MA, U.S. Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
34 Reggie Williams 6'7" 190 F Fr. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
40 David Wingate 6'5" 185 F So. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Paul Laurence Dunbar HS
42 Clifton Dairsow 6'6" N/A F Fr. Odenton, MD, U.S. Arundel HS
United States Army
50 Michael Graham 6'9" 270 F Fr. Washington, DC, U.S. Springarn HS
52 Ralph Dalton 6'9" N/A C Jr. Suitland, MD, U.S. Fishburne Military School (Va.)
55 Victor Morris 6'9" N/A F So. Houston, TX, U.S. Kashmere HS

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]


Round Pick Player NBA Club
5 73 Gene Smith Indiana Pacers



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 4 3 3 5 5 5 4 4 6 4 4 3 2 2 4 2 2
Coaches [note 1] [note 1] 3 5 5 5 4 4 6 4 4 3 2 2 4 2 2

1983–84 Schedule and results[edit]


Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
Fri., Nov. 25, 1983*
No. 4 at Hawaii-Hilo W 71-42  1–0
Civic Auditorium (1,800)
Hilo, HI
Sat., Nov. 26, 1983*
No. 4 at Hawaii-Hilo W 97-35  2–0
Civic Auditorium (1,800)
Hilo, HI
Wed., Nov. 30, 1983*
No. 3 Morgan State W 91-38  3–0
Capital Centre (5,643)
Landover, MD
Sat., Dec. 3, 1983*
No. 3 Saint Francis W 84-61  4–0
Capital Centre (8,300)
Landover, MD
Tue., Dec. 6, 1983*
No. 3 Saint Leo W 82–50  5–0
Capital Centre (N/A)
Landover, MD
Sat., Dec. 10, 1983*
No. 3 at No. 13 DePaul L 61–63  5–1
Rosemont Horizon (17,499[26])
Rosemont, IL
Wed., Dec. 14, 1983*
No. 5 South Carolina State W 97–67  6–1
Capital Centre (5,334)
Landover, MD
Sun., Dec. 18, 1983*
No. 5 American W 80-62  7–1
Capital Centre (6,305)
Landover, MD
Wed., Dec. 21, 1983*
No. 5 Western Kentucky W 53–41  8–1
Capital Centre (2,958)
Landover, MD
Thu., Dec. 29, 1983*
No. 5 vs. Marshall
Las Vegas Classic
W 82-71  9–1
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
Paradise, NV
Fri., Dec. 30, 1983*
No. 5 vs. Nevada-Las Vegas
Las Vegas Classic
W 69-67 OT 10–1
Thomas & Mack Center (N/A)
Paradise, NV
Wed., Jan. 4, 1984
No. 4 at Connecticut
W 81–69  11-1 (1-0)
Hartford Civic Center (15,673)
Hartford, CT
Sat., Jan. 7, 1984
No. 4 at Seton Hall W 74–63  12–1 (2–0)
Brendan Byrne Arena (8,793)
East Rutherford, NJ
Mon., Jan. 9, 1984*
No. 4 Monmouth W 74–54  13–1
Capital Centre (4,719)
Landover, MD
Thu., Jan. 12, 1984
No. 4 Villanova L 63–65 2OT 13–2 (2–1)
Capital Centre (9,032)
Landover, MD
Wed., Jan. 18, 1984
No. 6 Providence W 80–76  14–2 (3–1)
McDonough Gymnasium (4,328)
Washington, DC
Sat., Jan 21, 1984
No. 6 at No. 14 St. John's W 83–61  15–2 (4–1)
Madison Square Garden (15,901)
New York, NY
Mon., Jan. 23, 1984
No. 6 No. 16 Boston College W 92–83  16–2 (5–1)
Capital Centre (11,051)
Landover, MD
Sat., Jan. 28, 1984
No. 4 at Pittsburgh W 63–52  17–2 (6–1)
Fitzgerald Field House (6,686)
Pittsburgh, PA
Mon., Jan 30, 1984
No. 4 at No. 20 Syracuse W 80–67  18–2 (7–1)
Carrier Dome (30,758)
Syracuse, NY
Sat., Feb. 4, 1984
No. 4 Connecticut
W 87–62  19–2 (8–1)
Capital Centre (11,721)
Landover, MD
Thu., Feb. 9, 1984
No. 3 Seton Hall W 78–54  20–2 (9–1)
Capital Centre (8,852)
Landover, MD
Sat., Feb. 11, 1984*
No. 3 Brigham Young W 67–51  21–2
Capital Centre (14,371)
Landover, MD
Wed., Feb. 15, 1984
No. 2 at Villanova W 59–46  22–2 (10–1)
Spectrum (16,333)
Philadelphia, PA
Sat., Feb 18, 1984
No. 2 at Providence W 59–38  23–2 (11–1)
Providence Civic Center (12,150)
Providence, RI
Tue., Feb. 21, 1984
No. 2 St. John's L 71–75  23–3 (11–2)
Capital Centre (11,136)
Landover, MD
Sat., Feb. 25, 1984
No. 2 at Boston College W 83–70  24–3 (12–2)
Springfield Civic Center (8,760)
Springfield, MA
Wed., Feb. 29, 1984
No. 4 Pittsburgh W 71–52  25–3 (13–2)
Capital Centre (9,121)
Landover, MD
Sat., Mar. 3, 1984
No. 4 No. 16 Syracuse W 88–71  26–3 (14–2)
Capital Centre (19,035)
Landover, MD
Big East Tournament
Thu., Mar. 8, 1984
No. 2 vs. Providence
W 70–50  27–3
Madison Square Garden (19,591)
New York, NY
Fri., Mar. 9, 1984
No. 2 vs. St. John's
W 79–68  28–3
Madison Square Garden (19,591)
New York, NY
Sat., Mar. 10, 1984
No. 2 vs. Syracuse
W 82–71 OT 29–3
Madison Square Garden (19,591)
New York, NY
NCAA Tournament
Sun., Mar. 18, 1984
No. 2 vs. Southern Methodist
West Region Second Round
W 37–36  30–3
Friel Court (11,300)
Pullman, WA
Fri., Mar. 23, 1984
No. 2 vs. No. 13 Nevada-Las Vegas
West Region Semifinal
W 62–48  31–3
Pauley Pavilion (N/A)
Los Angeles, CA
Sun., Mar. 25, 1984
No. 2 vs. Dayton
West Region Final
W 61–49  32–3
Pauley Pavilion (N/A)
Los Angeles, CA
Sat., Mar. 31, 1984
No. 2 vs. No. 3 Kentucky
W 53–40  33–3
Kingdome (38,471)
Seattle, WA
Mon., Apr. 2, 1984
No. 2 vs. No. 5 Houston
W 84–75  34–3
Kingdome (38,471)
Seattle, WA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.


  1. ^ a b No Coaches' Poll this week.


Local Radio[edit]

Flagship station Play-by-play
WWDC Rich Chvotkin


  1. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Big East Conference Season Summary
  2. ^ a b c d e f The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 1. Patrick Ewing
  3. ^ a b c d e The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 3. Reggie Williams
  4. ^ a b UNLV Official Athletic Site – Men's Basketball: Thomas & Mack Center
  5. ^ a b c d e The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 11. David Wingate
  6. ^ a b c d The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 14. Michael Jackson
  7. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 19. Bill Martin
  8. ^ a b c The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 68. Gene Smith
  9. ^ a b c d The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Classic Games
  10. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: the Top 100: 65. Michael Graham
  11. ^ United Press International, "Georgetown and DePaul Advance," New York Times, March 19, 1984
  12. ^ a b c The Georgetown Basketball History Project: the Top 100: 48. Fred Brown
  13. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 87. Horace Broadnax
  14. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1980-81 to 1989-1990
  15. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Player Directory: Jersey Numbers
  16. ^ http://www.databasebasketball.com/draft/draftyear.htm?lg=N&yr=1984
  17. ^ 1983-84 Big East Conference Season Summary
  18. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Polls
  19. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1980s Seasons
  20. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
  21. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Big East Conference Schedule and Results
  22. ^ 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, pp. 63-64.
  23. ^ Official Basketball Box Score Georgetown vs Syracuse 1/30/84 at Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
  24. ^ Official Basketball Box Score Syracuse vs Georgetown 3/3/84 at Capital Centre, Landover, M.D.
  25. ^ Official Basketball Box Score Syracuse vs Georgetown 3/10/84 at Madison Square Garden, New York, N.Y.
  26. ^ DePaul Record Book/Allstate Arena Record