Monday, November 19, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Georgetown 78, UCLA 70
By Kieran Darcy
What it means: We’re not going to see Indiana versus UCLA after all.
The No. 1-ranked Hoosiers took care of business Monday, beating Georgia in the first semifinal of the Legends Classic. But the No. 11 Bruins were upset by Georgetown, 78-70, in the second semi, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad made his collegiate debut, after missing the first three games of the season waiting to be cleared by the NCAA. But that was overshadowed by the Hoyas’ performance as well.
The skinny: Georgetown jumped out to a 10-2 lead less than three minutes into the game, but UCLA answered, going ahead by as many as four, 24-20. The Hoyas took a 31-29 advantage into halftime.
Georgetown began the second half on fire as well, scoring 12 straight points out of the gate to lead 43-29 with 17:42 remaining. The Bruins made a run, closing to within four on five different occasions in the middle portion of the half. But they would get no closer, as the Hoyas closed out the game relatively comfortably.
Star watch: Georgetown junior guard Markel Starks was outstanding, finishing with a game-high 23 points, shooting 9-for-14 from the field. Sophomore Otto Porter, after missing the Hoyas’ last game with concussion symptoms, had 18 points and 11 rebounds.
UCLA was led by freshman guard Jordan Adams (22 points) -- Adams was less heralded than Muhammad and fellow frosh Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker, but he’s now scored 20 or more points in four straight games to start his college career. Muhammad scored 15 points in 25 minutes off the bench, shooting 5-for-10 from the field -- not bad, but nothing sensational.
Number crunch: Georgetown shot better than 54.5 percent from the field (30-for-55), and 50 percent from beyond the arc (7-for-14). Starks, Porter and fellow soph Greg Whittington knocked down some tough shots from the perimeter, but the Hoyas also created plenty of easy baskets with their backdoor cuts and precision passing.
What’s next: Georgetown now gets to play No. 1-ranked Indiana in the championship game, Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. UCLA will face Georgia in the consolation game, at 7 p.m.