Mount St. Mary's Set to Retire John O'Reilly's Number on Saturday
Mount St. Mary's will retire former great John O'Reilly's number at halftime of Saturday's game with Loyola. O'Reilly will be the fourth Mountaineer to have a retired number, joining Jim Phelan, Jack Sullivan and Fred Carter.
Phelan has the number 830, representing his career win total, retired in his honor while Sullivan (32) and Carter (33) are the others.
O'Reilly had a storied career for the Mount, averaging 18.6 points and 13.7 rebounds in 81 career games. He was named to the NCAA Division II All-Tournament team in both 1961 and 1962. Named Second Team All-America once and honorable mention All-America twice, O'Reilly finished his career with 1,508 points and 1,113 rebounds.
O'Reilly had 11 points and nine rebounds in the Mount's 58-57 win over Sacramento State in the NCAA College Division National Championship game in 1962. He tallied 12 points and 10 rebounds in the Mount's quarterfinal win over Wittenburg and followed with 14 points and eight boards in the 58-57 win over Southern Illinois in the semifinals.
O'Reilly grabbed 429 rebounds, the second-best single-season mark in Mount history, during the 1961-62 national championship season. He tied the Palestra record with 27 boards against Saint Joseph's on Jan. 20, 1962.