His four points were a season low, and Georgetown lost for the fourth time in its last five games when the senior did not reach double figures.
“Are we better when Henry’s on the court? Yes,” coach John Thompson III said. “But do we have other people that consistently all year have stepped up when he hasnt been on the court? The answer to that is yes, also.”
Sims’ presence is a luxury Georgetown no longer will enjoy, his breakout senior season complete. Clark, too, departs after a fairly quiet finale in which he was scoreless for a 28-minute stretch and finished with 10 points.
The individual dynamics, though, weren’t the root cause of the outcome. The Hoyas allowed N.C. State to rebound 40 percent of its misses, leading to a 15-8 edge in second-chance points. Georgetown also hoisted 25 3-pointers, Sims’ absence for extended swaths only a partial explanation for the sudden shot-happiness from the perimeter.
“We had the right guys taking the shots,” Thompson said. “They just didn’t go in as much as we would like.”
No, they didnt. The teary-eyed locker room he had departed moments earlier was testament to that.