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79. Tom Matan
BA 1961
Hometown: Washington, DC
High School: Gonzaga
Position: Forward
Height: 6-3
Weight: Not Recorded
Years on Team: 1958-61
Highlights:
Career Points By Decade, #14


Recruited by former high school coach Tommy Nolan, Tom Matan was one of a number of Gonzaga standouts that starred in the Georgetown lineups of the late 1950's and early 1960's.

Matan, all all-Met forward in 1957, was the third of three Gonzaga starters for the Hoyas in 1958-59, and he had perhaps his most productive season therein. Matan could play forward or even center if needed, and his inside scoring was in eveidence all season--30 vs Loyola-Chicago, 27 vs. Loyola (Baltimore), and 26 against Seton Hall--all at a height of only 6-3. Matan's 14.3 average was second that season to Brian Sheehan.

With the arrival of taller forwards like Bob Sharpenter and Paul Tagliabue in 1960, Matan was often moved to a swing position, with a mixed bag of results. He posted six double figure games in 1960, including 21 points vs. Fairfield, but finished fourth in scoring, behind Sheehan, Tagliabue, and fellow Gonzaga alum Tom Coleman.

The arrival of a new coach and ongoing injuries limited Matan in his senior year and left him vulnerable on defense. Despite shooting over 46% from the field, and scoring 21 in a game against American, Matan saw limited time as a reserve towards the end of the season, appearing in just 16 games. Over his three seasons, Tom Matan was a steady and reliable shooter for the Hoyas, and his play remains memorable in the bigger games of that era.


Season

GP

GS

Min

FG

FGA

%

3FG

3GA

%

FT

FTA

%

Off

Reb

Avg

PF

Ast

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

1958-59 23 139 303 45.9 51 93 54.8 157 6.8 329 14.3
1959-60 18 73 200 36.5 43 64 67.2 108 5.1 189 8.6
1960-61 16 36 87 41.3 41 63 65.0 40 2.5 113 7.0
Totals 57 248 590 42.0 135 220 61.3 305 5.3 631 11.0
 
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

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Game Records Game High Game Low
Minutes Played Not Recorded Not Recorded
Points 30 (1/30/1959) 0 (2 games)
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 Not Recorded 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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