Hoyas fall to No. 1 Indiana in OT

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Hoyas fall to No. 1 Indiana in OT

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.

Justin Jackson, North Carolina too much for Virginia

Justin Jackson, North Carolina too much for Virginia

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Justin Jackson scored 20 points to help No. 10 North Carolina beat No. 14 Virginia 65-41 on Saturday night, keeping the Tar Heels alone in first in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Kennedy Meeks had all of his 13 points and seven rebounds after halftime for the Tar Heels (23-5, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 47 percent and led by double figures nearly all night against the ice-cold Cavaliers.

UNC led 34-22 at halftime, never let Virginia closer than nine then ran off 10 straight points to take a 25-point lead and send the Cavaliers to their first three-game skid in a single season in six years.

Marial Shayok scored 13 points to lead Virginia (18-8, 8-6), who went 10 minutes without a basket at one point during the second half and missed its first 17 3-pointers for the game as the Tar Heels turned it into a rout.

Virginia shot 28 percent for the game and finished at 2 for 20 from 3-point range to go with a season-low point output, with every missed shot becoming magnified as the Tar Heels stayed in attack mode.

It was also was the second-lowest point total by an opponent in UNC's Smith Center, just a basket better than Clemson's 39 points here in 1995.

UNC finished with a 44-26 rebounding advantage, with much of that edge coming after halftime behind Meeks.

BIG PICTURE

Virginia: The Cavaliers offered up a worst-case scenario Saturday night. If Virginia's defense can't rattle an opponent, the Cavaliers' limited offensive punch gives them little margin for error.

UNC: This was one of several tough games for UNC coming down the regular-season stretch. Winning this rematch of last year's ACC Tournament championship game by a lopsided margin has to be a boost to an already confident team.

UP NEXT

Virginia: The Cavaliers return home Monday night to host Miami.

UNC: The Tar Heels have another big home game, hosting No. 8 Louisville on Wednesday night.

George Mason rallies late but falls to Rhode Island, 77-74

George Mason rallies late but falls to Rhode Island, 77-74

BY TYLER BYRUM

FAIRFAX, VA – Coming down the final seconds of the game, Rhode Island was able to hold off a resilient George Mason squad after blowing an 18-point lead in the second half to win, 77-74.

Stanford Robinson scored a team-high 21 points off the bench in a homecoming affair for the Paul VI Catholic High School graduate. From behind the arc, Robinson was a perfect 3-for-3 and brought down two huge offensive rebounds late in the contest.

In the final minute though, it was Robinson who gave the Patriots hope as he missed two free throws with less than two seconds left in the game.

Grabbing his fifth rebound of the contest to go along with 22 points, Jalen Jenkins threw up a full-court heave that was just a foot wide of the basket. 

From the onset, Rhode Island (17-9, 9-5) had the size advantage but was going against the NCAA’s best rebounding guard, Marquise Moore. Bringing down 31 rebounds, 14 being offensive, the Rams scored 13 pivotal second chance points. Moore, though, would manage to record his 17th double-double of the season (19 points, 10 rebounds). 

This was Moore's fourth straight double-double, which is helping his case as one of the favorites for the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. 

E.C. Matthews was another one of the Rams to rack up the points in EagleBank Arena. With 18 points on 15 shots, Matthews kept the Rams alive after the team allowed the Patriots to go on a 21-3 run.

The Rams consistently shot over the Patriots with five players recording a three-point basket. In the first half, the team shot 54 percent from behind the arc and had rolled to a 39-26 lead at the break.

George Mason (18-9, 8-6) was able to climb back after an insurmountable 18-point deficit minutes into the second half. Highlighting the scoring run, Otis Livingston II (nine points and seven rebounds) was able to hit a fadaway to bring Mason within four and the crowd to their feet.

Throughout the contest, the Patriots drew 23 fouls and made 31 of their 36 free throw attempts. This kept numerous Rams in foul trouble and forced Dan Hurley to go deep into his bench and use 11 players.

“That was one that we needed desperately,” Hurley said “We’ve done a lot of soul searching; we’ve also dealt with a lot this year.”

The victory gives Rhode Island a much-needed win after falling to Fordham 53-43 earlier in the week. Moving up to third place in the Atlantic 10, the Rams now use the momentum from this game in order to climb back in the NCAA tournament bubble.

Falling in this game, George Mason now is on the outside looking in for one of the conference’s coveted double-byes in the conference tournament.