BROOKLYN — Most of the hype leading up to Monday’s second Legends Classic semifinal between No. 11 UCLA and Georgetown surrounded the homecoming of Kyle Anderson and the college debut of Shabazz Muhammad.
“I think Starks had a great game tonight,” UCLA head coach Ben Howland said. “He had 23 and that was as many points as he’s scored in the last six games of the season last year combined. That kid really hurt us. Any time we failed to trail him, he exploited us.”Both Starks and Porter played key roles in a Georgetown 2-3 zone defense that turned Anderson’s homecoming and Muhammad’s debut into a nightmare. Anderson, a former star point guard at St. Anthony High School of Jersey City, finished with zero points to go along with seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and three turnovers. It was his first scoreless outing since his freshman season at Paterson Catholic. As for Muhammad, his debut was a mixed bag as he scored 15 points and shot 5-for-10 from the floor in 25 minutes off the bench. All told, Georgetown held UCLA to 40.9 percent shooting from the floor, while becoming the first team this season to hold the Bruins to under 80 points for a game. “We wanted to keep him contained, not contained, but just watch out for him,” Porter said of Muhammad. “We know they’re a great team. They had bigs inside that could score also, so we just tried to play defense.” Photo: Getty Images Follow Josh Newman on Twitter And like ZAGS on Facebook