No. 1 Indiana Survives Upset-Minded Georgetown 82-72 in Overtime

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistNovember 21, 2012

The No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Georgetown Hoyas 82-72 in overtime Tuesday night to win the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn.

The second half went back and forth, appearing that a regulation upset for the Hoyas was possible for a while, but the Hoosiers battled back behind a full-fledged team approach on offense.

In overtime, Jordan Hulls and freshman point guard Yogi Ferrell paced Indiana at the start, giving them an early five-point lead. Tom Crean's group never looked back, stretching the lead and flexing their muscle as the nation's top-ranked team.

Star forward Cody Zeller scored 17 points and hauled down seven rebounds for the Hoosiers. He received double-digit support from every other starter, with Jordan Hulls also scoring 17 out of the backcourt.

Markel Starks and Otto Porter led the way for the Hoyas. Combining for 35 points, the guard-forward combo nearly propelled the team to victory. Porter entered the season as one of the Big East's most hyped players, and he showed exactly why Tuesday night.

Mikael Hopkins chipped in 11 points as well, giving Starks and Porter some form of help, especially in the second half.

Indiana went into halftime with a four-point lead, but failed to hold that throughout the second half. The Hoyas played staunch defense and forced the Hoosiers to play at their tempo, shutting down most of Indiana's consistency on the offensive end. 

The Hoosiers would have liked a bigger effort from versatile forward Christian Watford, who went 3-of-10 from the field. He didn't give Zeller enough support, giving the offense very little flexibility at times.

Yogi Ferrell was huge at the end of the second half and into overtime. His poise with the ball is stunning, exhibiting veteran-like savvy on a regular basis.

This is what preseason tournaments are all about. Two touted teams playing a tough, early non-conference matchup.

Georgetown put forth a fantastic effort, but the Hoosiers, once again, proved that they're the nation's best squad for a reason.