No. 1 Indiana beats Georgia, 66-53

JIM O'CONNELL AP Basketball Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Indiana's shots weren't falling and the top-ranked Hoosiers were getting a taste of their own medicine with some tough man-to-man defense from Georgia.

It was just a matter of waiting, according to coach Tom Crean.

Victor Oladipo had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Indiana to a 66-53 victory over Georgia on Monday night in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center.

Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford both had 14 points for the Hoosiers (4-0) and they were the ones who finally started hitting from long range as Indiana established control of the game.

"We had a lot of energy sources tonight," Crean said. "Vic at the start of the second half, he was tremendous. He's one of the best defenders around no question, but he doesn't get the credit for being a total basketball player. ... When he's flying up the court he makes us a lot better."

Then there are the missed shots.

"We just missed some shots. The thing that hurt us more was the eight turnovers. We could never get the pace going the way we wanted and give Georgia credit for that," Crean said. "There weren't many shots we'd take back, just a couple. It happens at home, on the road, here. It just happens."

The Hoosiers, who came into the game shooting 39.4 percent from 3-point range missed 11 of the first 12 shots they took from behind the arc. Watford hit a 3 with 10:06 left to end the shooting slump and extended Indiana's lead to 45-40.

Hulls hit 3s on consecutive possessions to make it 51-42 and Oladipo scored down low with 7:00 left for the first double-digit lead of the game by either team, 53-42. The Hoosiers went on to lead by as many as 17 points.

"We did a lot more in the second half," Hulls said. "In the first half the shots weren't falling and that's going to happen. We play with more intensity when the shots aren't falling and that usually means we're playing good defense.

The Hoosiers will face Georgetown for the title on Tuesday night. The Hoyas beat No. 11 UCLA 78-70.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Vincent Williams both had 14 points for Georgia (1-3), which lost its third straight.

"That was a very hard fought game, one we thought we could win and the real difference, I thought, was their experience really started to show," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "We had a lot of inexperience plays, several possessions where we didn't keep our poise and they capitalized on some immature mistakes we made in the second half."

Indiana finished 5 of 16 from 3-point range (31.3 percent) and the Hoosiers had a 40-24 advantage on the boards. They overcame an off night by 7-foot preseason All-America Cody Zeller who was 2 for 4 from the field for six points and had four rebounds and four turnovers.

Zeller was limited to 9 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.

"They came out and defended very well," Zeller said. "The foul problems could have taken me out of the flow a little bit, but in the second half we started to play the way we do."

Indiana shot 44.9 percent overall (22 of 49) while Georgia shot 34.0 percent (22 of 49) including going 9 of 25 on 3s.

"We started slow out of the gate this season and played very poorly," Fox said. "For 30 minutes tonight we looked like the team we thought we could be but we just couldn't make it last all game. The key is to learn to play 40 minutes, not 30 and that is the next step for our group."

The Bulldogs are 0-14 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams.

No. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 95, MISSISSIPPI STATE 49

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Leslie McDonald scored 21 points as one of five North Carolina players in double-figures in an easy win over Mississippi State at the Maui Invitational.

P.J. Hairston had 18 points, Reggie Bullock had 16 points, and Dexter Strickland and James McAdoo each scored 10.

Roquez Johnson led the Bulldogs with 12 points.

The Tar Heels scored the game's first nine points and led 29-6 in less than 10 minutes. Mississippi State never came closer than 20 points behind after that. A fade-away 3-pointer from Hairston put UNC up 42 with 5:30 left in the game.

Mississippi State made just seven shots in the first half and shot 28.3 percent for the game.

North Carolina next faces Butler, which topped Marquette on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer earlier Monday.

No. 10 ARIZONA 94, LONG BEACH STATE 72

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Freshman Brandon Ashley had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first start, Kevin Parrom hit all five of his 3-pointers for 15 points and Arizona ran over Long Beach State.

Arizona (3-0) quickly turned what was supposed to be its toughest challenge of the early season into a rout, racing out to a 22-point lead in the first half.

The Wildcats shot 53 percent while making 9 of 19 from 3-point range and 25 of 35 free throws.

Ashley led the way, hitting all six of his shots from the field and 8 of 9 free throws. Solomon Hill made all 11 of his free throws to add 15 points for Arizona, which gets nine days off before its next game.

James Ennis had 17 points and Peter Pappageorge added 16 for Long Beach State (1-3).

GEORGETOWN 78, No. 11 UCLA 70

Markel Starks scored 23 points and Georgetown beat No. 11 UCLA 78-70 in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic, spoiling the college debut of Shabazz Muhammad.

Otto Porter had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Hoyas (3-0), who will face No. 1 Indiana in Tuesday night's championship game. The Hoosiers beat Georgia 66-53.

The Hoyas opened the second half on a 12-0 run -- with Greg Whittington hitting two 3s -- to take a 43-29 lead, their biggest of the game.

The Bruins (3-1) were within 59-53 on a 3-pointer by Norman Powell. But the Hoyas went on a 7-1 run that was capped by a hook shot by Nate Lubick with 6:17 to go. The Bruins did get within 77-70 on a 3 by Muhammad with 50 seconds to play.

NO. 12 KANSAS 78, WASHINGTON STATE 41

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Travis Releford showed some newfound aggressiveness in scoring 17 points, and the Jayhawks roared to a victory over the Cougars in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.

Perry Ellis added 12 points and Ben McLemore had 10 for the Jayhawks (3-1), who built a double-digit lead in the opening minutes and never looked back.

They'll play Saint Louis, a 70-49 winner over Texas A&M, in Tuesday night's championship game.

Brock Motum had 14 points for the Cougars (2-2).

NEW MEXICO 66, NO. 21 UCONN 60

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Kendall Williams scored 15 points and New Mexico staved off a late Connecticut rally to lead the Lobos to a victory in the championship game of the Paradise Jam.

New Mexico led by 10 early in the second half, and by nine with as little as 8:15 left. But No. 21 UConn (4-1) went on a 10-0 run and took the lead after three Ryan Boatright free throws with 2:23 to play.

However, the Lobos (4-0) countered with a 9-0 run, paced by five points from Hugh Greenwood, then made all four foul shots in the final 39 seconds to seal the victory.

Shabazz Napier led UConn with 23 points, including 13 straight Husky points during one second-half stretch. Boatright added 12 points and Omar Calhoun 10.

BIG TEN

ILLINOIS 94, USC 64

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Brandon Paul scored 26 points and Illinois used a hot first half to ride to an easy 94-64 win over USC Monday night at the Maui Invitational.

Illinois shot just under 69 percent in the first half on its way to a 31-point lead at the break. USC pulled no closer than 18 points in the second half despite some sloppy play from Illinois, which finished with 20 turnovers.

The Illini (4-0), who never trailed, also got 13 points from DJ Richardson, 11 from Tracy Abrams and 10 from Tyler Griffey.

USC (2-1) was led by Eric Wise with 13 points.

Illinois plays host team Chaminade on Tuesday. The Division II school knocked off Texas earlier Monday.

OHIO COLLEGES

ROBERT MORRIS 71, BOWLING GREEN 60

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Velton Jones sank a game-high nine free throws en route to 16 points and Robert Morris rallied to a 71-60 victory over Bowling Green on Monday night.

Mike McFadden and Coron Williams had 12 points apiece while Anthony Myer-Pate chipped in 11 points and a game-high five assists. His dime on Williams' second 3-pointer of the night helped Robert Morris cut a five-point, second-half deficit to 46-44.

Robert Morris (2-3) took its first lead of the half, 50-49, behind a 3-pointer from Jones -- assisted by Myer-Pate -- with 8:57 left to play. Bowling Green would not get any closer than three the rest of the way.

Bowling Green (1-3) shot 57.1 percent (12 of 21) from the field in the first half but regressed to 42.9 percent (24 of 49) in the second half.

Robert Morris outrebounded Bowling Green 33-26 and converted 16 of 20 free throws.

CLEVELAND ST. 71, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE 69

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Charlie Lee led four players in double figures with 15 points as Cleveland State beat Alabama-Huntsville 71-69 Monday night in an NIT Season Tip-Off consolation game.

Anton Grady scored 10 of his 14 points in the second half for Cleveland State while Tim Kamczyc and Sebastian Douglas added 11 apiece.

Cleveland State (4-1) trailed 34-32 at halftime and fell behind 57-48 with 9:49 left to play. However, Lee converted a three-point play that sparked a 19-10 run for the Vikings.

Douglas capped the run with a layup that tied the game 67-all with 3:24 remaining and his free throw with 1:52 showing gave Cleveland State a 70-67 advantage.

Conner Blasi hit two free throws to close the gap to one, 70-69, but Alabama-Huntsville (3-2) missed two layups on its final possession.

Blasi had 19 points for Alabama-Huntsville, which was held without a field goal over the final 4:44.

NORTH DAKOTA 81, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 77

PITTSBURGH -- Mike Felt scored 10 of his 24 points in overtime as North Dakota State defeated Youngstown State 81-77 Monday.

Felt, who entered the game averaging 16.3 points per game, was 6 of 14 from the field -- all his makes came from 3-point range -- and knocked down all six of his free throw attempts for the Bison in the sub-regional round of the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic.

After tying the game with a 3-pointer at the buzzer, Youngstown State's Kendrick Perry opened overtime with a jumper as the Penguins pulled ahead 68-64.

The Bison (3-1) rallied -- hitting back-to-back 3-pointers -- to take a 70-68 overtime lead.

Youngstown State (3-1) tied the game at 72-all, but Felt converted two free throws and made a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions to seal the win.

Alexander Lawrence added 17 points for the Bison while Perry led Youngstown State with a career-high 34.

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