Victor Oladipo had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Indiana to a 63-53 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.
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The Hoosiers will face the winner of the game between No. 11 UCLA and Georgetown for the title on Tuesday night.
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.
FINAL: Victor Oladipo scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Jordan Hulls added 14 points and four boards to lead No. 1 Indiana to a 66-53 victory over Georgia on Monday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the Legends Classic.
The Hoosiers went 17-of-24 from the charity stripe as a team (71 percent) and tallied 14 assists on 22 baskets. The Hoosiers also got a double-digit contribution from Christian Watford, who scored 14.
Vincent Williams scored 14 points, had four assists, made 5-of-8 shots from the floor, and hit 3-of-5 three-pointers for Georgia (1-3) in the game. The Bulldogs struggled from the floor, shooting 34 percent (17-of-50). Georgia was on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 38 percent (9-of-24). More Georgia scoring came from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored 14.
Winning the battle on the boards was crucial for Indiana as it grabbed 33 rebounds to 20 for the Bulldogs.
HALFTIME: Georgia leads No. 1 Indiana, 30-29, after 20 minutes of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center. The Bulldogs own the slim halftime advantage, thanks to a perfect performance from the free-throw line (12 of 12) and their ability to get Indiana’s Cody Zeller into foul trouble.
Zeller committed a two first-half fouls and spent much of the half on the bench. He contributed four point and two rebounds while on the floor. Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo also finished the half with two fouls.
The Hoosiers played team basketball in the first half, to the tune of five assists on eight field goals. Seven Indiana players have entered the scoring column, paced by Christian Watford’s seven points. Remy Abell already has six points and four rebounds.
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