The margin hardly mattered, though. Georgetown was on to the round of 32, a foreign place to this group of Hoyas.
The win was to be savored, not for what it meant for Georgetown’s survival but also for what the players would not need to hear any longer.
“You know it. You watch basketball,” guard Markel Starks said. “For us, we’ve been let down in years past. It feels good to be moving on, but this can’t be the only sensation. We want to continue this.”
Indeed, there is a new, refreshing task facing the Hoyas. A businesslike approach could only do so much to mask the Hoyas’ relief.
“This tournament is not about, ‘Oof, let’s get that money off your back,’” Thompson said. “Now we’re going to see if we can win another one Sunday.”
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Patrick Stevens has covered Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic college sports for more than a decade. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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