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November 20, 2012

No. 1 Indiana beats Georgia 66-53

NEW YORK — Indiana's shots weren't falling and the top-ranked Hoosiers were getting a taste of their own medicine with some tough man-to-man defense from Georgia.

It was just a matter of waiting, according to coach Tom Crean.

Victor Oladipo had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead Indiana to a 66-53 victory over Georgia on Monday night in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center.

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.

"We had a lot of energy sources tonight," Crean said. "Vic at the start of the second half, he was tremendous. He's one of the best defenders around no question, but he doesn't get the credit for being a total basketball player. ... When he's flying up the court he makes us a lot better."

Then there are the missed shots.

"We just missed some shots. The thing that hurt us more was the eight turnovers. We could never get the pace going the way we wanted and give Georgia credit for that," Crean said. "There weren't many shots we'd take back, just a couple. It happens at home, on the road, here. It just happens."

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.

Hulls hit 3s on consecutive possessions to make it 51-42 and Oladipo scored down low with 7:00 left for the first double-digit lead of the game by either team, 53-42. The Hoosiers went on to lead by as many as 17 points.

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