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61. Bill Lynn
AB 1976
Hometown: Washington, DC
High School: Spingarn
Position: Forward
Height: 6-9
Weight: 185
Years on Team: 1972-76
Highlights:
Career Scoring, #33
Career Scoring By Decade, #8
Career Rebounds, #16
Career Rebound Average, #23


The Georgetown basketball story has its fair share of overachievers, those players who exceeded expectations from their arrival on campus. One of these, Bill Lynn, was among Georgetown's best rebounders of the mid-1970's, despite having played organized basketball for just two years prior to college.

Lynn only picked up basketball when his family moved from the Bronx, NY to Washington in 1970. Spingarn had scrimmaged St. Anthony's during Lynn's years there, and new coach John Thompson saw potential in the 6-9 Lynn, despite his narrow frame (185 lbs.) One of the original five Thompson era recruits in 1972, Lynn saw limited time backing up Mark Gallagher in 1972-73, but when Gallagher suffered a back injury prior to the 1973-74 season, Lynn emerged as a much needed scorer and rebounder.

Although the coaching staff may have grumbled at his defensive inconsistency, Lynn was a spark on offense. Whether the Hoyas were battling or simply being battered, Lynn was an able shooter and rebounder. Among his sophomore year efforts were a 20 point, nine rebound effort versus #2 Notre Dame and a 28 point, 18 rebound performance versus Boston College. Moved inside to help take pressure off center Merlin Wilson, Lynn finished his sophomore year averaging 13 points and 8.1 rebounds a game, second to Jon Smith in scoring and Merlin Wilson in rebounding.

With Smith and Wilson at the forefront, the Hoyas raced to the 1975 NCAA's, with Lynn forming a key third scoring option. He finished runner up to Smith in scoring a second straight season, with a 22 point effort against Southern Connecticut and a 14 point, 11 rebound game in the NCAA subregional versus Central Michigan as season highlights. For his senior year, Lynn tied Wilson for third in scoring, and was second to Wilson in rebounding. He improved his shooting in each of his four years, from a low point of 37% his freshman year to shooting over 53% by his senior season, many of which were jump shots from the outside.

Despite seeing limited duty in 1972-73, Lynn finished his career as the third Thompson era player to post 1,000 points, ending his career 11th all time in scoring and 4th all time in rebounding.

Bill Lynn's balance of scoring and rebounding fit the emerging style of Thompson's teams, and with it, set a standard for the players to come.


Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

1972-73 24 49 130 37.7 10 16 62.5 98 4.1 108 4.5
1973-74 26 149 298 49.0 28 43 65.1 212 8.1 326 13.0
1974-75 28 129 247 52.2 32 50 64.0 160 5.7 290 10.3
1975-76 27 126 234 53.9 49 67 73.1 192 7.1 301 11.1
Totals 105 453 909 49.8 119 176 67.6 662 6.6 1025 9.8
 
Top 25 Career Rankings By Statistic

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

Total

* * * * * * * * * * 16th 23rd * * * * * *

Game Records Game High Game Low
Minutes Played Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
Points 28 (3/2/74) Not Recorded
Field Goals Made Not Recorded Not Recorded
Field Goals Attempted Not Recorded Not Recorded
3 Point FG Not Applicable Not Applicable
3 Point FG Attempted Not Applicable Not Applicable
Free Throws Made Not Recorded* Not Recorded
Free Throws Attempted Not Recorded* Not Recorded
Offensive Rebounds Not Applicable Not Applicable
Total Rebounds 18 (3/2/74) Not Recorded
Assists Not Recorded* Not Recorded
Turnovers Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
Blocked Shots Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
Steals Not Recorded* Not Recorded*
* Individual game totals for these statistics not reflected in box scores.

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