Ferrell, Zeller shine as top-ranked Indiana survives Georgetown
Brooklyn, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Freshman guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell scored seven of his 14 points in overtime to help No. 1 Indiana survive a tough Georgetown side, 82-72, and capture the Legends Classic title Tuesday at Barclays Center.
Ferrell sank four foul shots and a three-pointer in extra time to give the Hoosiers a 10-point advantage en route to their fourth win in as many games and their 57th regular season tournament championship.
“That is not the first time that he has hit a shot with the clock winding down. We have seen it in scrimmages and practice at different times. He just has something about him,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said of Ferrell’s three-pointer in overtime.
Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls scored 17 points apiece, Victor Oladipo had 12 and Christian Watford added 10 points and 10 boards for the Hoosiers, who gave Crean his 250th career win.
“There is a lot of room for improvement and I think I would be nervous if it was in November and there wasn’t. But our guys went and played a high level team in a high level way and I am proud of everybody,” Crean added.
The win was the first overtime victory for the Hoosiers since beating Northwestern, 88-80, on March 6, 2010 and their third straight triumph over Big East teams – Pittsburgh in 2009, Notre Dame in 2011 and Georgetown in 2012.
Markel Starks scored 20 points and Otto Porter added 15, including a layup that forced overtime, for the Hoyas, who dropped to 3-1.
Gregg Whittington added 12 and Mikael Hopkins scored 10 but the Hoyas lacked firepower in overtime as they lost three players to fouls.
“We came here to win and we had our chances, so it’s extremely disappointing how things turned out,” said Georgetown coach John Thompson III.
The Hoosiers were ahead by 63-56 when Starks and Porter made back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead. Ferrell split his charities with 25 seconds remaining before Porter buried the game-tying layup.