ATLANTA (AP) - Lewis Clinch scored 20 points and Georgia Tech rallied in the second half to avoid another embarrassing out-of-conference loss, beating city rival Georgia State 72-67 tonight.
The Yellow Jackets (4-4) already have lost to UNC-Greensboro and Winthrop, and they trailed the Panthers 40-32 after going nearly five minutes without a point to start the second half. But Georgia State (2-5), which was hosting Georgia Tech for the first time since 1973 even though the Atlanta schools are only a couple of miles apart, couldn't hold on for the first signature win of coach Rod Barnes' tenure.
Clinch hit a jumper in the lane with 6:02 remaining to cap a 13-5 run that gave the Yellow Jackets their first lead of the second half, 58-56.
Leonard Mendez, who led the Panthers with 20 points, made two free throws to tie it up again, but Josh Peacock scored on the inside after setting a big pick near midcourt. Georgia Tech led the rest of the way. Peacock added 19 points for Georgia Tech.