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Thompson puts much more emphasis on that aspect of Georgetown’s game, opposed to the Hoyas’ sweet ball movement, screens and cuts. “If we defend and we rebound, we’ll score enough points to win,” he said.

We’ve seen the last of Sims and Clark as Hoyas at Verizon Center, where they lost just once this season. Thompson isn’t much for sentimentality with Marquette and tourneys looming, but he allowed himself a moment at the end of his postgame conference.

“Four years go by really fast,” he said. “And in a couple of months they’re going to graduate. Both of these guys, I think, are going to be playing basketball for a very long time. But this is the last time they get to do it in this building wearing Georgetown uniforms. It was a special day for them.”

And a special season, so far, for everyone involved.