ATLANTA (AP) Quinton Stephens sank two 3-pointers in a 14-2 second-half run that gave Georgia Tech the lead, and the Yellow Jackets beat VCU 77-64 on Tuesday night.
Marcus Georges-Hunt led Georgia Tech (7-2) with 20 points. Charles Mitchell had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Heath had 12 points.
VCU (5-4) led 34-31 early in the second half before a powerful follow jam by James White launched Georgia Tech's run. White had another basket in the run, which left the Yellow Jackets with a 45-36 lead they would not lose.
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A 3-pointer by Doug Brooks helped VCU close the deficit to 49-48 before Georgia Tech scored eight unanswered points to again stretch the lead to nine points.
Justin Tillman led VCU with 18 points. Melvin Johnson had 17. The Rams made only 6 of 27 3-pointers.
The Rams were playing their third Atlantic Coast Conference opponent, following losses to Duke and Florida State.
Mitchell's offensive rebound and basket stretched Georgia Tech's lead to double figures for the first time at 61-50.
There were five ties in a low-scoring first half. VCU overcame poor shooting, especially on 3-pointers, by outscoring the Yellow Jackets 18-12 in the paint for a 27-27 halftime tie.
VCU: Coach Will Wade gave 6-foot-10 sophomore forward Michael Gilmore his third start this season. Gilmore scored the first points of the game with an inside basket, but it was his only points of the game. … The Rams made only 1 of 10 3-pointers in the first half.
Georgia Tech: Mitchell pulled down two late rebounds to extend his streak of double-doubles to nine games – every game this season. … Adam Smith, the Virginia Tech transfer, had nine points. … Georges-Hunt made 11 of 12 free throws. Overall, the Yellow Jackets made 24 of 26 free throws.
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VCU was playing its second straight game in Atlanta, following a 76-71 loss to Florida State at Philips Arena on Dec. 6.