Tar Heels easily move on in Maui Invitational
Hoosiers roll in New York
|Indiana's Victor Oladipo (4) protects the ball from Georgia's Kenny Gaines in the second half in the Legends Classic on Monday in New York. Oladipo contributed 15 points and eight rebounds as Indiana won 66-53. (AP)|
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Victor Oladipo had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Indiana to a 66-53 victory over Georgia on Monday night in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in New York City.
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.
No. 9 N. Carolina 95, Mississippi St. 49: Leslie McDonald scored 21 points as one of five North Carolina players in double-figures in an easy win over Mississippi State 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.
No. 10 Arizona 94, Long Beach St. 72: Freshman Brandon Ashley had 20 points and 10 rebounds in his first start, Kevin Parrom hit all five of his 3-pointers for 15 points and Arizona ran over Long Beach State in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona (3-0) quickly turned what was supposed to be its toughest challenge of the early season into a rout, racing out to a 22-point lead in the first half.
The Wildcats shot 53 percent while making 9 of 19 from 3-point range and 25 of 35 free throws.
James Ennis had 17 points and Peter Pappageorge added 16 for Long Beach State (1-3).
Georgetown 78, No. 11 UCLA 70: Markel Starks scored 23 points and Georgetown beat No. 11 UCLA in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic, 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.
Illinois-Chicago 86, Iona 81: Hayden Humes had 22 points and eight rebounds, and Illinois-Chicago rallied from a 12-point deficit late in the game to beat Iona at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
Gary Talton added 17 points and Daniel Barnes had 16 for UIC (3-1), which trailed 70-58 with 6:57 to play but broke off a 12-0 run to tie it — led by nine points from Talton.
UIC went ahead on Marc Brown's free throw with 2:25 left. The Gaels got within two on a layup by Lamont Jones with 16 seconds remaining, but Iona coach Tim Cluess was hit with a technical foul and the Flames hit three free throws over the final six seconds to seal it.
Jones scored 22 points for Iona (2-2), Sean Armand added 20 and Tre Bowman 18.