Kell, San Diego St. beat Georgia Tech 72-56 in NIT quarters
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher shouts to his team during the first half against Georgia Tech in an NCAA college basketball game in the men's NIT, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
SAN DIEGO (AP) Trey Kell made a career-high tying four 3-poiners and finished with 18 points to help No. 2 seed San Diego State beat Georgia Tech 72-56 Wednesday night in the quarterfinals of the NIT.
San Diego State (28-9) will face George Washington, an 82-77 winner over Florida, at Madison Square Garden in Tuesday's semifinals.
Adam Smith hit a jumper that pulled fourth-seeded Georgia Tech (21-15) within four with 11:14 to play, but the Yellow Jackets went the next six-plus minutes without a field goal. The Aztecs used an 8-1 spurt, which was capped by a 3-pointer by Kell, during that span to push their lead to 56-45.
Georgia Tech trailed by at least nine the rest of the way.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points. Charles Mitchell added 12 points, on 5-of-8 shooting, and 12 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute.
The Aztecs led by 10 points twice in the first half, but Georgia Tech rallied behind Georges-Hunt's 11 points to tie it at 31 going into the break.
SDSU scored but three points in the final five minutes before halftime. It committed three turnovers and missed all four of its field-goal attempts over that span.
Georgia Tech converted nine of its last 10 shots from the field, and shot 56.5 percent, in the first half.
San Diego State committed just six turnovers and converted 12 offensive rebounds into 17 second-chance points.
Georgia Tech made just 2 of 10 from 3-point range.