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Markel Starks scored 23 points and Georgetown beat UCLA in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday night at the Barclays Center, spoiling the college debut of Shabazz Muhammad.
Otto Porter had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Hoyas (3-0), who will face No. 1 Indiana in tonight's championship game. The Hoosiers beat Georgia 66-53.
The Hoyas opened the second half on a 12-0 run - with Greg Whittington hitting two 3s - to take a 43-29 lead, their biggest of the game.
The Bruins (3-1) were within 59-53 on a 3-pointer by Norman Powell. But the Hoyas went on a 7-1 run that was capped by a hook shot by Nate Lubick with 6:17 to go. The Bruins did get within 77-70 on a 3 by Muhammad with 50 seconds to play.
No. 1 Indiana 66, Georgia 53
Victor Oladipo had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Indiana to victory.
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.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Vincent Williams both had 14 points for Georgia (1-3), which lost its third straight.
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.
No. 9 North Carolina 95, Mississippi State 49
Leslie McDonald scored 21 points as one of five North Carolina players in double-figures in an easy win at the Maui Invitational.
P.J. Hairston had 18 points, Reggie Bullock had 16 points, and Dexter Strickland and James McAdoo each scored 10.
Roquez Johnson led the Bulldogs with 12 points.
The Tar Heels scored the game's first nine points and led 29-6 in less than 10 minutes. Mississippi State never came closer than 20 points behind after that. A fade-away 3-pointer from Hairston put UNC up 42 with 5:30 left in the game.
Mississippi State made just seven shots in the first half and shot 28.3 percent for the game.
North Carolina next faces Butler, which topped Marquette on a buzzer-beater 3-pointer earlier Monday.