ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia Tech's Lewis Clinch was suspended for the rest of the season Friday after violating school policy, costing the Yellow Jackets their third-leading scorer heading into the bulk of the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule.
The sophomore guard was averaging 13.2 points per game, shooting 53.2 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from three-point range. He ranked among the A-C-C leaders in all three categories.
Georgia Tech did not reveal the nature of Clinch's violation, but said he wants to work with the school to remain enrolled. His status will be determined next week when spring semester classes begin. Coach Paul Hewitt said in a statement, "Lewis has been presented with several options, but has been resolute about staying in school at Georgia Tech if at all possible. He has been in good academic standing throughout his career. He has been a good person, a good teammate and a hard worker."
The loss of Clinch was a major blow to the Yellow Jackets (11-3), who have a five-game winning streak heading into two crucial games. They travel to Number 23 Clemson tomorrow, then return home to face fifth-ranked Duke next Wednesday.
The six-foot-three Clinch played in all 14 games, with 12 starts. Last season, he was an honorable-mention choice to the All-ACC freshman team after averaging 8.9 points. Hewitt did not rule out Clinch returning to the team next season. In the meantime, the Yellow Jackets will likely turn to junior Anthony Morrow to handle the bulk of the shooting guard role. Morrow was Georgia Tech's leading scorer a year ago (16 point a game) but has come back slowly after missing most of the preseason recovering from a back injury. He's been used in a backup role, averaging seven-point-seven points per game.