Georgetown knocks off UCLA in Shabazz Muhammad's college debut
With his eligibility finally out of limbo and a three game wait, Shabazz Muhammad was chomping at the bit to announce his presence in college basketball. He showed flashes, coming off the bench for 25 minutes, but could not do enough as the Bruins were outplayed by a hungry Georgetown team. Otto Porter showed why some had him as the favorite for Big East player of the year, filling the stat sheet with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists/blocks and 3 steals in the 78-70 Hoya victory.
Markel Starks had a game high 23 points for Georgetown, being able to convert many of his 4 steals into baskets while also stretching the floor. Georgetown shot 54.5% from the field, including 7-14 from the three point line. Shabazz Muhammad finished with 15 points with only a single rebound in the contest. After a somewhat slow start, he scored 11 points in the 2nd half, many with the game slightly out of reach. Nonetheless, he still displayed that he will be a force for the Bruins once the rust comes off.
UCLA also heavily relied on freshman Jordan Adams, who finished with 22 points. Adams has yet to score fewer than 21 points in a college contest, all while coming off of the bench. While Adams and Muhammad provided some scoring, UCLA had a very difficult time getting it from other places. Kyle Anderson was held scoreless while dishing out 6 assists. The Georgetown zone seemed to stifle Anderson and the Bruins settled for numerous poor outside shots.
Georgetown moves to the final of the Progressive Legends Classic playing #1 Indiana at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. UCLA will face a Georgia team that put a scare into the Hoosiers, yet is only 1-3 on the season. After taking a tough spill in the Georgetown contest, their is no word as to the status of David Wear. These Bruins showed they are susceptible to being beat inside and can struggle when forced to the outside. Georgetown may have their hands full with Indiana, though they showed that they are up for a hard fought contest. John Thompson III with yet another impressive coaching performance with fantastic gritty play coming from do everything Otto Porter, who absolutely stole the show in Shabazz's debut.