Georgetown upsets UCLA, 78-70, at Barclays Center
If they were honest, organizers of the Progressive Legends Classic would admit the blueprint called for preseason No. 1 Indiana to meet UCLA and its stellar freshman class in a glamour final Tuesday night at the Barclays Center. But Georgetown got in the way, using a 12-0 run at the start of the second half to gain control and playing just enough defense down the stretch for a 78-70 semifinal upset Monday night.
The best of UCLA's three five-star freshmen was the least heralded. Jordan Adams led the Bruins (3-1) with 22 points. Kyle Anderson of St. Anthony's in Jersey City struggled, going scoreless and missing all six shots he took, though he added seven rebounds and six assists. Shabazz Muhammad, playing his first game after satisfying NCAA eligibility requirements, got 15 points and a dose of perspective.
Asked how it felt to not get a shot at Indiana in the championship game, Muhammad said, "I really wanted a shot at them, but we're really not ready yet."
The Hoyas (3-0) were the more cohesive team Monday night. Markel Starks had 23 points, and preseason All-Big East forward Otto Porter returned from a concussion to play his first full game of the season.
"That's what it was -- a full game," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said before listing Porter's stats. "Eighteen points, 11 rebounds, five assists, five blocks, three steals and some things that don't show up on the stat sheet. We're a better team with him."