EditorsNote: changes to “James Banks III” in second graf; changes to “25-7” in third graf
Michael DeVoe scored a game-high 18 points on Wednesday as Georgia Tech pulled away from Hawaii in the last 10 minutes to claim third place in the Diamond Head Classic with a 70-53 win at Honolulu.
Moses Wright added 16 and James Banks III hit for 11 points for the Yellow Jackets (6-6), who overcame the loss of forward Jordan Usher for the game’s final 9:27. Usher was ejected after lead official Darron George viewed a replay of his flagrant-1 foul on the Rainbow Warriors’ Dawson Carper and upgraded it to a flagrant-2.
From that point, Georgia Tech outscored Hawaii 25-7, holding the Rainbow Warriors without a field goal for the final 9:51. The Yellow Jackets took the lead for good with 8:17 left when Wright turned Jose Alvarado’s feed into a layup, and they simply never looked back.
Wright’s dunk off a pass by DeVoe, who claimed a loose ball and threw it over his shoulder to his open teammate in the lane, made it 61-50 with 3:57 remaining.
Drew Buggs and Zigmars Raimo each scored nine points for the Warriors (8-5).
Georgia Tech came out and made the first hit with its defense, forcing four turnovers in the first four-plus minutes and leading 8-4 at the first TV timeout thanks to a layup off a steal by DeVoe.
Hawaii made a push in the next five minutes, rallying for a 14-12 lead when Justin Hemsley dunked off a missed shot. The advantage reached 19-12 at the 8:39 mark as Justin Webster canned two free throws, but the Yellow Jackets responded.
An 11-4 run in the next 4 1/2 minutes, capped by Bubba Parham’s transition layup, forged a 23-23 tie with 4:04 left. Another Parham layup gave Georgia Tech a 29-25 edge, but the Warriors scored the first half’s last seven points. Bernardo Da Silva turned a Buggs dish into a layup just before time expired, sending Hawaii to the locker room with a 32-29 lead.
—Field Level Media