NEW YORK —
"We did a lot more in the second half," Hulls said. "In the first half the shots weren't falling and that's going to happen. We play with more intensity when the shots aren't falling and that usually means we're playing good defense.
The Hoosiers will face Georgetown for the title on Tuesday night. The Hoyas beat No. 11 UCLA 78-70.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Vincent Williams both had 14 points for Georgia (1-3), which lost its third straight.
"That was a very hard fought game, one we thought we could win and the real difference, I thought, was their experience really started to show," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "We had a lot of inexperience plays, several possessions where we didn't keep our poise and they capitalized on some immature mistakes we made in the second half."
Indiana finished 5 of 16 from 3-point range (31.3 percent) and the Hoosiers had a 40-24 advantage on the boards. They overcame an off night by 7-foot preseason All-America Cody Zeller who was 2 for 4 from the field for six points and had four rebounds and four turnovers.
Zeller was limited to 9 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble.
"They came out and defended very well," Zeller said. "The foul problems could have taken me out of the flow a little bit, but in the second half we started to play the way we do."
Indiana shot 44.9 percent overall (22 of 49) while Georgia shot 34.0 percent (22 of 49) including going 9 of 25 on 3s.
"We started slow out of the gate this season and played very poorly," Fox said. "For 30 minutes tonight we looked like the team we thought we could be but we just couldn't make it last all game. The key is to learn to play 40 minutes, not 30 and that is the next step for our group."
The Bulldogs are 0-14 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams.