NEW YORK -- The top-ranked Indiana Hoosiers emerged as champions of the Legends Classic, but not without absorbing a couple of challenging games that threatened to take them out of the country's No. 1 spot.
The Hoosiers held off the charging Georgetown Hoyas, barely escaping the upset 82-72 in overtime on Tuesday night at the Barclays Center. The win came a night after the Hoosiers beat Georgia after trailing for most of the first half.
They won both games without dominant games from Cody Zeller, a favorite for national player of the year honors.
After missing most practices in the past week with a flu-like bug, Zeller was better Tuesday than Monday, scoring 17 points to lead Indiana.
But the Hoosiers survived a tense second half before finally outlasting the Hoyas.
Georgetown tied the game on a driving layup by with 4.2 seconds left to force overtime.
It was Otto Porter's second big basket in the final minute, as he hit a 3-pointer with 31 seconds to go, to pull the Hoyas within one, 63-62. Indiana's Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell hit 1 of 2 free throws, before Porter came back to tie the game.
Trailing 47-44, Indiana finally appeared to pull away, thanks to a 15-4 run that gave the Hoosiers a 59-51 lead with 4:03 left.
Will Sheehey scored four points driving inside for a layup and a dunk with a feed from Zeller, while Ferrell hit 3 of 4 free throws during the stretch.
Georgetown got within 59-54 with 3:43 left when Mikael Hopkins hit a layup and a free throw after Zeller fouled him on the play. But the Hoyas would get no closer than four the rest of the way.
Down 44-39 with 15:32 left in the second half, the Hoyas went on an 8-0 run. Porter scored four points during the stretch and gave the Hoyas their first lead since there was 8:25 left in the first half, when his dunk made it 45-44 with 11:54 left in the game.
Indiana took a 36-32 lead into halftime behind nine points from Victor Oladipo and eight from Zeller, who also added five rebounds.
The score was tight through most of the first half before Indiana went on a 10-0 run to take a 33-26 lead on a 3-pointer by Remy Abell with 4:22 left before the break.
Having entered Monday's semifinal round averaging six points per game before scoring 23 points in the win over UCLA, Markel Starks continued to show his offensive improvement for the Hoyas in the first half. He led Georgetown with 11 points before intermission, hitting four of six shots from the field, including three of four from 3-point range.
NOTES: Porter was praised by Georgetown coach John Thompson III for playing a "full game" after scoring 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds Monday night, but he had a rough start Tuesday. Porter scored just three points in the first half and had two rebounds. ... Indiana shot 48.1 percent from the field in the first half while Georgetown shot 44.1 percent. ... Neither team was overly successful at foul line before the break, with Indiana hitting four of six and Georgetown missing its only free throw.