NEW YORK — When Cody Zeller bounced back, he brought his whole team with him.
A night after an ineffective game, Zeller had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Indiana to an 82-72 overtime win against Georgetown in the title game of the Legends Classic tournament on Tuesday night.
“Our guys just went out and played a high-level team in a high-level way,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “It’s a program win for us. A program championship for us.”
Jordan Hulls had 17 points for Indiana (5-0) and Yogi Ferrell had 14, including seven in overtime.
His last points came on a 3-pointer he released just before the shot clock ran out, giving Indiana a 10-point lead with about a minute to go and, finally, clinching a game Indiana almost had wrapped up in regulation.
“To be in a close game like tonight, you have to play to your strengths,” Zeller said.
I just saw a little opening and took it,” Porter said. “It’s just a learning process this early in the year. Most of our guys never had that much experience.”
Porter finished with 15 points. He was one of three Georgetown players to foul out — all in overtime.
“We came here to win and we had our chances,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. “So we’re extremely disappointed with how things turned out.”
He mostly shrugged off the disparity in fouls, saying: “They do a good job of that. They do a good job of drawing fouls. I’m not sure what we could have done differently.”
At the end of regulation, Hulls pushed the ball up the floor and passed to Zeller crashing the lane, but Zeller’s lay-in was late and missed, anyway. Had it gone in, it would have put an exclamation point on a game that Crean called an “epic battle.”
Referring to both teams, Crean said “everyone that played in that absolutely left it out there.”
Late in regulation, Indiana rebounded a miss, drained the shot clock and Hulls made a layup with two minutes left that made it 61-54.View Entire Story
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