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FINAL: Indiana 82, Georgetown 72 (OT)

On Monday against Georgia, IU trailed in the second half for the first time all season. Tuesday brought an even closer call.

Georgetown forward Otto Porter tied the game at 64 on a jump shot with six seconds left in regulation, forcing overtime before IU prevailed 82-72 to win the Progressive Legends Classic Tuesday evening at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The Hoosiers scored the first six points of the overtime period to take a commanding lead as they pulled away, eventually earning their biggest lead of the game on a three-pointer by freshman guard Kevin 'Yogi' Ferrell that narrowly beat the shot clock.

The run continued on a theme of scoring sprees that kept the team in the game in both halves even before the extra time.

IU trailed during much of the early going in the first half, at one point down 23-18. Following that moment, though, the Hoosiers put together a 15-3 run - including a quick pair of three-point shots by senior forward Christian Watford - to take a lead despite a Hoya rally late in the half.

They did not relinquish it until more than eight minutes into the second period.

Shortly after Georgetown took its biggest lead of the second half, 49-45 with 10:31 remaining on the clock, IU embarked on another scoring spree, this one a 14-2 run that gave IU the lead until Georgetown snagged the tie with six seconds to go.

Sophomore forward Cody Zeller bounced back after a sub-par performance on Monday to lead IU with 17 points along with senior guard Jordan Hulls, the tournament MVP. Five Hoosiers reached double digits in scoring.

Markel Starks had 20 points to pace the Hoyas before fouling out.

Both teams were justifiably trigger-happy in the first half, especially early on. IU was 6 for 10 while Georgetown went 8 of 14. In the second half, though, neither team relied on the long ball as much, despite continued efficiency.

Appeal rulings were not handed down Tuesday in the NCAA cases of freshmen center Peter Jurkin and forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea and neither played. The two players did not originally make the trip with the team, but when it became apparent that appeals could happen soon, they flew up before IU's Monday game.

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