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Dawgs fall to top-ranked Indiana

BROOKLYN, N.Y.— Georgia dropped its third game of the season Monday night, losing to No. 1 Indiana 66-53 in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center.

"It was a hard-fought game, a game we thought we could win," said head coach Mark Fox. "I thought the difference was our immaturity late in the second half. In the gut of the game, Indiana's experience showed and I give them credit for that. They're a terrific basketball team. I thought for 30 minutes we looked like the team that we all believe we have this season. The key is to learn how to play that way for 40 minutes, not 30. That's the next thing our team needs to learn."

Senior Vincent Williams and sophomore Kentavious Caldwell-Pope paced Georgia offensively with 14 points apiece. Sophomore Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia on the boards with seven rebounds.

Georgia, which led by as many as five during the first half, entered halftime with a 30-29 lead. Eight different Bulldogs scored in the first half and the team only committed five turnovers.

In the second half, Georgia led 38-34 when Indiana went on a 19-4 run, capped off by a baseline jumper from Indiana guard Victor Oladipo to put the Hoosiers up 51-42 with just eight minutes left in the game. Oladipo scored 11 of his team-leading 15 points in the second half.

Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls also each contributed 14 points each for the Hoosiers. Hulls was four of six from behind the arc with three coming during Indiana's second half run.

After Georgia's defense held Indiana's shooting to just 32 percent in the first half, the Hoosiers made nearly 60 percent of their shots in the second half.

Georgia concludes the Progressive Legends Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against either Georgetown or No. 11 UCLA at 7:30 p.m.

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