1918–19 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1918–19 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas logo.svg
Conference Independent
1918–19 record 9–1
Head coach John O'Reilly (5th season)
Captain Fred Fees (1st year)
Home arena Ryan Gymnasium

The 1918–19 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1918-19 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John O'Reilly coached the team in his fifth season as head coach.[1] Georgetown was an independent and played its home games at Ryan Gymnasium on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C.[2] and finished the season with a record of 9-1.

Season recap[edit]

On-campus Ryan Gymnasium, where the Hoyas had played their home games since the 1914-15 season, had no seating, accommodating fans on a standing-room only-basis on an indoor track above the court. This precluded the accommodation of significant crowds, providing the self-sustaining Basketball Association with little revenue with which to fund the team's travel expenses, and Georgetown averaged no more than three road games a year from this season through the 1926-27 season in order to keep travel to a minimum.[2][3] The 1918-19 team's only road trip outside of Washington was to Annapolis, Maryland, to play a game at Navy.

The Hoyas' home winning streak at Ryan Gymnasium reached 17 games at the end of this season, dating back to a victory against Bucknell on the last day of the 1916-17 season; it would reach 52 before finally coming to an end during the 1923-24 season.[3][4][5] Georgetown also defeated crosstown rival George Washington twice this season, giving the Hoyas a 10-game winning streak against George Washington – eight of the wins at Ryan Gymnasium – dating back to 1915.[3][4][5]

Forward and team captain Fred Fees, a student at Georgetown University Law School, was in his third season with the Hoyas. A free-throw shooting specialist in an era when the rules of college basketball allowed teams to choose which player shot its free throws, Fees had exploited his free-throw prowess to establish himself as one of the top scorers in college basketball in the United States in each of his seasons with the Hoyas. This season he played in all 10 games and scored 163 points, averaging 16.3 points per game.[6]

Freshman forward Jack Flavin joined the team this season. He played in only six games but scored 54 points, an average of 9.0 points per game. He would become a starter the next season on his way to becoming one of the great Georgetown players of the era.[7]

Freshman guard Andrew "Andy" Zazzali also joined the team. He played in all 10 games and averaged 6.2 points per game, and with 62 points was second only to Fees in scoring for the season.[8]

One of the team's scheduled games was cancelled, and its only loss was at Navy in the third game of the year. It won the last seven games of the season to finish with a 9-1 record. Its .900 winning percentage was the best in Georgetown men's basketball history at the time, but the Hoyas would exceed it the following season.


Forward Bill Dudack, seen in 1920, was a sophomore in 1918-19 and lettered for the team. After graduating in 1921, he returned to Georgetown to coach the 1929–30 team.


Georgetown players did not wear numbers on their jerseys this season. The first numbered jerseys in Georgetown men's basketball history would not appear until the 1933-34 season.[11]

Sophomore forward Bill Dudack later served as the Hoyas′ head coach during the 1929-30 season.

Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
George Carney N/A N/A G Fr. N/A N/A
Bill Dudack N/A N/A F Jr. New Britain, CT, U.S. New Britain HS
Fred Fees 5'6"[6] N/A F Grad. Stud. Carrolltown, PA, U.S. St. Francis College (Pa.)
Jack Flavin 5'11" 175 F Fr. Portland, ME, U.S. Portland HS
Francis Kelly N/A N/A F Sr. N/A N/A
William McMahon N/A N/A F Sr. N/A N/A
James McNally N/A N/A F Sr. N/A N/A
John O'Brien N/A N/A G N/A N/A N/A
Joe O'Connell N/A N/A C Fr. N/A N/A
Spencer Wise N/A N/A G Sr. N/A N/A
Andy Zazzali N/A N/A G Fr. Baltimore, MD, U.S. Mount St. Joseph HS

1918–19 schedule and results[edit]


Notes[note 1]

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, so the two game against a United States Army team from Camp Humphrey, Virginia, counted as part of Georgetown's won-loss record for 1918-19. 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.[15]

time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
Fri., Jan. 10, 1919
no, no
Johns Hopkins W 34–29  1-0
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Tue., Jan. 14, 1919
no, no
Camp Humphrey W 59–13  2-0
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Wed., Jan. 22, 1919
no, no
at Navy L 15–22  2-1
Dahlgren Hall 
Annapolis, MD
Fri., Jan. 24, 1919
no, no
Randolph–Macon W 39–14  3-1
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Sat., Jan. 25, 1919
no, no
George Washington W 32–15  4-1
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Wed., Jan. 29, 1919
no, no
Gallaudet W 48–22  5-1
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Fri., Jan. 31, 1919
no, no
New York University W 33–26  6-1
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Wed., Feb. 5, 1919
no, no
at Gallaudet  cancelled 
Washington, DC
Sat., Feb. 8, 1919
no, no
at George Washington W 35–14  7-1
YMCA Hall 
Washington, DC
Tue., Feb. 11, 1919
no, no
Virginia Tech W 31–22  8-1
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Sat., Feb. 15, 1919
no, no
Camp Humphrey W 46–25  9-1
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
*Non-conference game. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.


  1. ^ Sources all agree that Georgetown's record for the season was 9–1, but the schedule posted by The Georgetown Basketball History Project – which also states that the overall record was 9–1 – shows 11 games played, consisting of 10 wins and 1 loss. The 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 58, only lists 10 games – 9 wins and 1 loss. The extra game listed by The Georgetown Basketball History Project is an undated 47-19 victory against George Washington, listed as the last game of the 1918-19 season and one of three games Georgetown played against George Washington that season at a time when the schools apparently played two games against one another each season. For the following 1919-20 season, The Georgetown Basketball History Project and other sources agree that Georgetown finished with a 13-1 record, but the Project lists only 13 games (12 wins and 1 loss) played. It lists only one George Washington game in the 1919-20 season, but the media guide lists two, one of them an undated 47-19 Georgetown victory over George Washington that was the first game of the season. It appears that the Georgetown Basketball History Project is mistaken in showing the 47-19 win over George Washington as the last game of the 1918-19 season when it was in fact the first game of the 1919-20 season.