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New York • Markel Starks scored 23 points and Georgetown beat No. 11 UCLA 78-70 in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday night at the Barclays Center, 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 Tuesday night'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.
The 6-foot-6 Muhammad, one of the most highly sought after high school players last season, was declared eligible by the NCAA on Friday and this was his first game. He finished with 15 points on 5 of-10 shooting and was 2-of-4 from 3-point range in 25 minutes of playing time.
The NCAA said that UCLA's sanctions against Muhammad were sufficient after the school required him to sit out three games and repay $1,600 in impermissible benefits he accepted during unofficial visits to Duke and North Carolina.
Monday's Top 25 scores
• No. 1 Indiana 66, Georgia 53
• No. 9 North Carolina 95, Mississippi State 49
• No. 10 Arizona 94, Long Beach State 72
• Georgetown 78,No. 11 UCLA 70
• No. 12 Kansas 78, Washington State 41
• New Mexico 66,No. 21 UConn 60