Hoyas fall to No. 1 Indiana in OT

Hoyas fall to No. 1 Indiana in OT
November 21, 2012, 1:45 am
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The game: Both teams had leads, both teams rallied, both teams had late game runs. Georgetown's surge came late in regulation, overcoming a seven-point deficit with 2:03 remaining to force overtime, only to have top-ranked Indiana open the extra session with six straight points and hold on for an 82-72 win in the finals of the Legends Classic in Brooklyn.

Coming off a career-high 23 points on Monday's win over No. 13 UCLA, Markel Starks paced the Hoyas with 20 points including four 3-pointers. The junior guard started stronger than he finished. The opposite could be said of Otto Porter, who scored 12 of his 15 points after halftime.

Porter's dashing layup with 4.6 remaining in regulation tied the game at 64 and came after he and Starks nailed consecutive 3-pointers to pull Georgetown within one. In overtime Starks fouled out along with Mikael Hopkins (11 points) and Jabril Trawick. Porter's fellow All-American candidate Cody Zeller and guard Jordan Hulls both led the Hoosiers (5-0) with 17 points. Indiana made 26 free throws, half coming during the extra five minutes.

Like last season, the Hoyas entered Thanksgiving week unranked and with high-profiles tournament games upcoming (then Hawaii, now New York). Like last season, Georgetown pulled off a quality win (then Memphis, now UCLA) and impressed in a tight loss (then Kansas, now Indiana). By the next rankings, John Thompson III's squad will no longer reside among the unranked.

The stat: Georgetown finished the game with 10 free attempts, only one coming in the first 30 minutes. Indiana took 36 and finished with a 26-9 edge in free throw scoring. Zeller and IU guard Yogi Ferrell each took more free throws than the Hoyas collectively. The Hoosiers went to the line a ton in overtime in part because they started the extra time with a 6-0 run -- four free throws included --and the Hoyas eventually had no choice but to foul.

The concern: If blame for the lack of free throws is required, focus on Georgetown being 3-point happy and lacking a consistent post game against Indiana. The Hoyas launched 26 shots from beyond the arc - made 11 - after averaging 15 attempts over the opening three games.  As is frequently the case, a hot start from distance could not be sustained as Georgetown shot 3 of 12 after halftime. Indiana bucked that notion; after making 6 of 10 in the first half, the Hoosiers drained 4 of 7 in the second half.

As for the interior scoring, Porter's poised mid-range game remains stellar though he shot better from deep (3 of 4 on 3's) than close, especially early with a 1 of 6 start. Hopkins occasionally found success inside and the crisp early ball movement led to opportunities around the rim, but overall Georgetown struggled for low post production. Greg Whittington scored 12 points. Six of his 10 attempts came from beyond the arc. The lengthy 6-foot-8  forward's habit of staying along the perimeter continued even when Indiana had the 6-foot Hulls defend him. Power forward Nate Lubick's nightmarish game included five turnovers and missing all three of his field goal attempts.

The development: Attempting to solidify his role in the Hoyas backcourt, Trawick made his most significant contribution on the season during a 10-1 second-half run. On three straight possessions, the sophomore guard factored into Georgetown's scoring with an assist followed by consecutive baskets including an assertive drive to the rim as the Hoyas pulled ahead 49-45. In that stretch the heady Trawick also forced a turnover by jumping in front of an unsuspecting Hoosier in the open court, causing a travel call.

The next game: Hoyas host Mount St. Mary's on Saturday at noon.