1924–25 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team

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1924–25 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball
Georgetown Hoyas logo.svg
1924–25 record6–2
Head coachJohn O'Reilly (9th season)
CaptainAl Brogan (1st year)
Home arenaRyan Gymnasium

The 1924–25 Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team represented Georgetown University during the 1924-25 NCAA Division I college basketball season. John O'Reilly coached it in his ninth 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] The team finished with a record of 6-2.

Season recap[edit]

During the mid-1920s, the Georgetown men's basketball program was struggling to survive.[3] Faculty members opposed players missing classes for road games.[3] Furthermore, 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 limiting Georgetown to a very limited road schedule between the 1918-19 and 1926-27 seasons – often only to an annual trip to Annapolis, Maryland, to play at Navy and sometimes a single trip to New York or Pennsylvania to play schools there – averaging no more than three road games a year in order to keep travel expenses and missed classes to a minimum. The 1924-25 squad played only eight games, finishing 6-2, and played a single road game, against Navy at Annapolis.[2][4]

Freshman forward Bob Nork played only a single game as a reserve and went scoreless. However, he would emerge the following season as a team leader and top scorer, and would be the best Georgetown player of the mid-1920s.[3]



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.[7]

Freshman ineligibility had come and gone at various times among various teams and conferences since 1903. At Georgetown, this was the last year freshmen played on the varsity team until the 1945-46 season.[8]

Junior forward Frank "Hap" Farley went on to become a powerful New Jersey politician, serving in the New Jersey Assembly from 1937 to 1940 and as a state senator from 1940 to 1971. He replaced Enoch "Nucky" Johnson as the de facto "boss" of the Republican Party political machine that ran Atlantic City and Atlantic County, New Jersey, from the early 1940s to the early 1970s.[9]

Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
Al Brogan N/A N/A G Sr. Newark, NJ, U.S. N/A
Frank "Hap" Farley N/A N/A F Jr. Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Wenonah Military Academy
William Finley N/A N/A C Fr. Asbury Park, NJ, U.S. N/A
Don Flavin N/A N/A F So. Portland, ME, U.S. Portland HS
William "Pete" Gitlitz N/A N/A G Jr. N/A N/A
[unknown first name] Gunn N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Joe McNaney N/A N/A F So. N/A N/A
Bob Nork 5'6" N/A F Fr. Shenandoah, PA, U.S. Shenandoah HS
Richie Ryan N/A N/A F Jr. Boston, MA, U.S. Boston College HS
Jim Sweeney N/A N/A G Sr. Boston, MA, U.S. N/A
George Vukmanic N/A N/A G Fr. N/A N/A

1924–25 schedule and results[edit]


time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
Fri., Jan. 16, 1925
no, no
Wake Forest W 32–24  1-0
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Sat., Jan. 17, 1925
no, no
Western Maryland W 25–17  2-0
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Sat., Jan. 24, 1925
no, no
St. Francis (Pa.) W 36–24  3-0
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Sun., Jan. 25, 1925
no, no
St. Joseph's W 22–16  4-0
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Wed., Feb. 11, 1925
no, no
Carson–Newman W 35–21  5-0
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Fri., Feb. 13, 1925
no, no
Fordham L 15–22  5-1
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Fri., Feb. 20, 1925
no, no
Bucknell W 27–17  6-1
Ryan Gymnasium 
Washington, DC
Sat., Feb. 21, 1925
no, no
at Navy L 18–33  6-2
Dahlgren Hall 
Annapolis, MD
*Non-conference game. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.


  1. ^ "The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Head Coaches". Archived from the original on 2017-05-27. Retrieved 2014-01-15.
  2. ^ a b The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Home Courts
  3. ^ a b c d The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 76. Bob Nork
  4. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Ryan Gymnasium Years
  5. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1920-21 to 1929-1930
  6. ^ Georgetown Basketball History Project: All-Time Player Directory[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Rosters 1930-31 to 1939-1940
  8. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Tom O'Keefe
  9. ^ Johnson, Nelson, Boardwalk Empire, Medford, New Jersey: Plexus Publishing, 2002, ISBN 0-937548-49-9.
  10. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: 1920s Seasons
  11. ^ The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Records vs. All Opponents
  12. ^ sports-reference.com 1924-25 Georgetown Hoyas Schedule and Results
  13. ^ 2012-2013 Georgetown Men's Basketball Media Guide, p. 58.