The Georgetown Hoyas’ surprising season came to an abrupt halt on March 18 as they were upset by the North Carolina State Wolfpack 66-63 in the third round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament.
At one point during the first half, the Hoyas held a ten-point lead at 25-15, but with senior center Henry Sims in foul trouble, the Wolfpack proceeded to go on a 30-9 run to take an 11-point lead.
The key stat in the run and throughout the game was the 15 offensive rebounds that NC State was able to grab. Georgetown held State to just 37 percent shooting but gave up too many second chance opportunities.
“We went into halftime and I believe they had 10 offensive rebounds,” Georgetown head coach John Thompson III said. “I thought for the most part our defense was pretty good. They were just throwing it up and going to get it.”
Despite the loss, many of the Hoyas have perspective on a season no one predicted them to have. After being in a brawl in China and being picked to finish 10th in the Big East, Georgetown senior guard Jason Clark says he’s proud of what his team was able to accomplish.
“This is one of my favorite groups of guys that I was around in my four years at Georgetown,” Clark said. “We weren’t picked to do anything in the preseason. Everybody doubted us. As a group we believed in each other. We proved a lot of people wrong and we played our hearts out for each other all year.”
The Hoyas were led by junior forward Hollis Thompson’s 23 points. He was joined in double figures by Clark who finished with 10.
The Wolfpack had four players in double figures led by junior forward Scott Wood, senior guard C.J. Williams and sophomore forward C.J. Leslie who all finished with 14 points.