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@GW_MBB Mourns Passing of Alumnus Jay Manning

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The GW men's basketball program and Department of Athletics and Recreation mourns the passing of Dr. James 'Jay' Manning, who passed away on Dec. 4 at the age of 78.

A three-year varsity letterwinner for the GW men's basketball team, Manning helped the Colonials to a 66-16 record from 1954-56.  He played in eight games as a sophomore on the 1953-54 Colonials team that went 23-3 overall, peaked at No. 7 in the Associated Press national rankings, won both the Southern Conference regular-season and tournament titles and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid.  He capped his GW career averaging 10.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 24 games on the 1955-56 team that went 19-7 and won a share of the Southern Conference regular season title.

He returned to earn a Doctorate in Education at GW after spending time in the Army and in training camp with the NBA's Boston Celtics.  Manning then went on to leave a legacy as an educator and principal at high schools throughout Northern Virginia, primarily at Langley High School, and was an adjunct professor at GW, Marymount and Virginia mentoring future secondary education administrators.

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GW MEN'S BASKETBALL 1954 NCAA TOURNAMENT, SOUTHERN CONFERENCE REGULAR-SEASON & TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

(L-R): Phil DeTurk, John Holup, Joe Petcavitch, Elliot Karver, Buzzy Ciriello, George Klein, Ernie Ortiz, Ed Catino, Corky Devlin, Frank Morrisson, Jay Manning, Joe Holup. Center: Head Coach Bill Reinhart (with ball)

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