The Georgia Bulldogs lost to the nation's No. 1 team, the Indiana Hoosiers, in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic in Brooklyn on Monday night, 66-53. It was the Bulldogs' third straight loss, albeit one that wasn't exactly unexpected. However, head coach Mark Fox thought the Dawgs were close:
"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."
At one point in the second half, Georgia had a 38-34 lead, but a 19-4 run by the Hoosiers put the game out of reach. The Bulldogs shot 34% from the floor for the game, compared to Indiana's 44% mark.
Vincent Williams and Ken Caldwell-Pope both had 14 points to lead the Dawgs, and Caldwell-Pope added six rebounds. Nemanja Djurisic chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds as well. Victor Oladipo led the Hoosiers with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Georgia concludes the Progressive Legends Classic on Tuesday night against the 11th-ranked UCLA Bruins. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.