Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Indiana survives slow start, beats Georgia

Indiana's Victor Oladipo drove past Georgia's Marcus Thornton in the first half. Oladipo had 15 points and eight rebounds in the Hoosiers' 66-53 win.
Indiana's Victor Oladipo drove past Georgia's Marcus Thornton in the first half. Oladipo had 15 points and eight rebounds in the Hoosiers' 66-53 win. 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 in New York.

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."

The Hoosiers, who came into the game shooting 39.4 percent from three-point range, missed 11 of the first 12 shots they took from behind the arc.

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.

Georgetown 78, No. 11 UCLA 70: Markel Starks scored 23 points and Georgetown (3-0) beat UCLA (3-1) in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic, spoiling the college debut of Shabazz Muhammad.

The 6-foot-6 Muhammad, one of the most highly sought-after high school players last season, was declared eligible by the NCAA on Friday and this was his first game. He finished with 15 points on 5 for-10 shooting and was 2-for-4 from three-point range in 25 minutes of playing time.

No. 9 North Carolina 95, Mississippi State 49: North Carolina (4-0) looks determined not to play the part of a beatable favorite at the Maui Invitational, a showcase built on upsets.

Instead, the ninth-ranked Tar Heels won their first game in Hawaii in a rout. North Carolina is the only ranked team in the field.

"We just had too many players for them— everybody started feeling good and the ball kept going in the basket," North Carolina Coach Roy Williams said.

Leslie McDonald scored 21 points as one of five Tar Heels in double-figures. P.J. Hairston had 18 points in 15 minutes, and Reggie Bullock had 16 points.

Roquez Johnson led the Bulldogs (1-2) with 12 points.

South Carolina 88, Rider 76: Host South Carolina hit a season-high 13 three-pointers to cruise past Rider in a nonconference game.

Junior Brenton Williams made five three-pointers and scored a career-high 22 points for the Gamecocks. Freshman Mindaugas Kacinas added 18 points.

South Carolina improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2009.

Saint Louis 70, Texas A&M 49: Dwayne Evans matched a career high with 21 points, Mike McCall Jr. added 13 and Saint Louis (2-1) rolled over Texas A&M in the semifinals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo.

Elston Turner had 16 points for the Aggies (3-1), who committed 19 turnovers.