Nov. 19, 2012
NEW YORK (AP) - Jordan Adams scored 22 points and Shabazz Muhammad had 15 in his collegiate debut as the No. 11 UCLA basketball team lost to Georgetown, 78-70, in a semifinal contest of the Progressive Legends Classic on Monday at the Barclays Center.
Adams scored at least 20 points for the fourth consecutive game, as UCLA (3-1) lost for the first time this season.
Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, five blocks and three steals to lead the Hoyas (3-0) past UCLA.
Porter was hit in the head 6 minutes into the Hoyas' season opener. He sat out the second game of the season and then came back with a flourish.
The Hoyas shot 54.5 percent for the game (30 of 55), including 60 percent in the second half (18 of 30).
Markel Starks had a career-high 23 points for the Hoyas, who will face No. 1 Indiana in Tuesday night's championship game. The Hoosiers beat Georgia 66-53.
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.
"It was really exciting to get down to the court for the first time," Muhammad said. "I just finally was getting the jitters out and playing college basketball for the first time and hopefully I'll get better. I think a lot better. I didn't do a lot well tonight."
Muhammad, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., finished with 15 points on 5 of-10 shooting and was 2 of 4 from 3-point range in 25 minutes of playing time.
"I thought he did a good job. I didn't plan on playing him all those minutes," UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. "He's been restricted with a shoulder injury. You can see he's got a lot of work to do to catch up conditioning-wise."
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.
"I think at the end we were all a little more comfortable and I was just trying to gel with teammates and get used to the system," Muhammad said. "I'm looking for us to get better as a team and myself as a player."
Adams had 22 points to extend his UCLA record of a freshman scoring 20 or more points in every game to start his career.
Travis Wear added 12 points and eight rebounds for UCLA.
The Bruins played the last 12:13 without starting forward and Travis' twin David Wear who injured his back after crashing hard to the court as he tried to defend a layup by Lubick. David Wear remained on the bench the remainder of the game. His status for Tuesday night's game is questionable.
"David Wear's back is really sore right now from the fall he took," Howland said.
UCLA returns to action against Georgia on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in a consolation game of the Progressive Legends Classic. The game will be televised live on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m. (PT).