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Georgia Tech edges crosstown rival Georgia State in final seconds

Dec 18, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets guard Miles Kelly (13) against the Southern California Trojans during the Colangelo Classic at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Miles Kelly hit a short jumper with 4.1 seconds left to give visiting Georgia Tech a 59-57 win over crosstown rival Georgia State on Saturday in Atlanta.

Georgia State erased a eight-point lead with 2:50 left and tied the game on a three-point play by Brendan Tucker with 26.2 seconds left. After a timeout, the Yellow Jackets got the ball to Kelly, who dribbled and drove past the Georgia State defenders to score the winning basket.

After a timeout, Georgia State’s Dwon Odom rushed the ball down the court, but it was tipped away and the Panthers never got a final shot.

Georgia Tech (2-0) got 16 points from Dallan Coleman and 15 points from Kelly.

Georgia State (1-1) was led by Ja’Heim Hudson with 23 points and 11 rebounds, his second straight double-double. The Panthers also got 13 points from Jamaine Mann and 10 points and six rebounds from Odom.

Georgia State put together a 13-0 run and held a 17-8 lead after a basket by Hudson with 11:07 left in the first. But Georgia Tech outscored the Panthers 12-1 and took a 20-18 lead on Deivon Smith’s basket at 5:49. Hudson, who had nine first-half points, scored on a short jumper with six seconds remaining to give Georgia State a 26-25 halftime lead.

Georgia State built a seven-point lead with 12:17 left in the game. Hudson scored 12 points — including a pair of and-ones — during a surge that put the Panthers ahead 42-35. But Georgia Tech went on a 9-2 run and tied the game 44-44 on a pair of Coleman free throws at 8:15.

This completes the three-game series between the two schools, who are only three miles apart in downtown Atlanta. It was the first time Georgia Tech had played at Georgia State since 2007 and was scheduled to celebrate the opening of Georgia State’s new Convocation Center.

–Field Level Media