ATLANTA -- — Michael Devoe scored 15 of his 26 points in the second half and Georgia Tech rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Georgia Southern 61-59 on Friday.
The Yellow Jackets (5-1) got 11 points from Kyle Sturdivant and 10 from Rodney Howard in winning their fifth straight. It was their first meeting in 25 years against the Eagles (4-2) in a series they lead 4-2 dating back to 1953. Devoe, second in the nation making 65% of his 3-pointers, was 5 of 9 behind the arc.
Bryant and Brown had 11 points apiece in the first half when the Eagles shot 55% (16 of 29) while Georgia Tech was at 35%. Bryant knocked down three 3-pointers to stretch a one-point lead to 10 in 77 seconds in the middle of the half. Brown followed a 3 with a pair of free throws in the final minute to make it 39-25 before Devoe made two free throws.
Howard scored the first five points of the second half as the Yellowjackets opened with an 18-3 run for a 45-42 lead.
It was tied a 50 at the 8:25 mark when Devoe hit a 3-pointer.
Georgia Southern only made 3 of 12 shots in the final 6 1/2 minutes but Georgia Tech had four turnovers in the last 3:50 and missed a pair of free throws.
The Yellowjackets were only 12 of 24 at the line while Georgia Southern was 1 of 9 from the 3-point line in the second half, shooting 29% overall (8 of 28).
Georgia Tech plays host to Wisconsin on Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC challenge and opens league play against North Carolina on Dec. 5.
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