HONOLULU (AP) — Michael Devoe scored 18 points and Moses Wright added 16 to help Georgia Tech rally past Hawaii 70-53 for third place in the Diamond Head Classic Wednesday.
The Yellow Jackets (6-6) shot 50% and erased a nine-point, second-half deficit to hand the Rainbow Warriors (8-5) their second straight loss.
Georgia Tech took the lead for good, 49-48, with 8:17 remaining on a Wright bucket inside. It was part of a 21-2 run, capped by a pair of free throws by James Banks III to stretch the lead to 68-50 with 1:17 left to play.
Banks scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. The Yellow Jackets shot 14 of 16 from the free-throw line after halftime and finished 18 of 23 from the stripe.
Drew Buggs had nine points for Hawaii.
Hawaii closed out the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 32-29 lead at the intermission.
Georgia Tech committed 14 turnovers in the win, but only five came after halftime. The Yellow Jackets turned it over a season-low nine times in Monday’s 70-59 loss to Houston.
Hawaii shot just 1 of 15 on 3-pointers in the loss (36.4%), which came two days after it went 9 of 39 from beyond the arc in a 72-61 loss to No. 21 Washington.
Georgia Tech: Picks up ACC play Tuesday at No. 17 Florida State and closes out a slate of five games away from home at North Carolina on Jan. 4. The Yellow Jackets have lost their last three games against the Seminoles, who own a 42-28 advantage in the series.
Hawaii: Will host Maine Sunday in its final non-conference game. The teams have a common opponent in No. 21 Washington. The Huskies beat Maine 72-53 on Nov. 19 in Seattle and handed the Rainbow Warriors a 72-61 loss Monday.
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