How can I let someone know I'm not interested without making things awkward?

LoloWaye
I have a 5 week group project to do with another person. The guy I sit next to in class asked me. Before this we never spoke. The first time we met up during casual conversation he said he wanted to start dating again, but he only dates friends. Technically we aren't friends but the hint was still there. I slipped into the convo I'm getting over someone (which I am) and I didn't want to date. He didn't seemed phased but the conversation stopped. He still kept making weird jokes and complimenting me so I know he didn't get the hint.

Today he asked me to go out to eat later this week. I said yes because I was being nice. I don't want him to think I'm interested. I'm uncomfortable. If I tell him straight up I'm not interested it might make getting through the next five weeks harder because we have to meet up outside of class.

Someone help.
Updates:
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I talked to the guy. He said things were just friendly and he didn't ask me out because he doesn't know me enough. I literally let out a sigh of relief.
How can I let someone know I'm not interested without making things awkward?
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