The Keydets (1-2) come off a 116-81 win over Central Penn College on Tuesday night for VMI’s first win of the season, seventh straight home opener victory and 29th straight non-conference home victory. D.J. Covington and Brian Brown had 20 points apiece as Covington tied a career-high, while the junior forward also equaled a career-best with 13 rebounds. The Keydets put six players in double figures and also saw Nick Gore post a double-double (16 pts., 13 rebs.), his first since 2010, while Rodney Glasgow came up just one assist shy of doing so (17 pts., nine assists). Freshman Gavin Stephenson had seven steals, the most by a Keydet since 2009.
This will be the 130th meeting between VMI and Virginia Tech on the hardwood, with the Hokies holding an 86-43 edge in the all-time series. The 129 current meetings are the most VMI has ever faced an opponent, one more than Richmond’s 128 and well more than VMI’s 116 matchups with William & Mary. The Virginia Tech/VMI series began in 1909 with a 15-9 VMI win.
Last Meeting with Virginia Tech (12/9/2009):
Juniors Jeff Allen and Dorenzo Hudson scored 24 points apiece to lead Virginia Tech to a 98-73 victory over VMI Wednesday evening, Dec. 9, 2009, in non-conference action at Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies improved to 7-1 on the season while out-rebounding the Keydets, 59-36. VMI was led by Austin Kenon's game-high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting, while Ron Burks notched a career high with his 19 points. Michael Sparks was the only other Keydet in double figures, scoring 11 points by hitting on 3-of-4 three-pointers, upping his season shooting percentage to 51%.
A VMI win against Virginia Tech would:
Move VMI’s record against in-state opponents during the 2012 calendar year (dating back to last season) to 6-1.
Be VMI’s first win over Virginia Tech since Dec. 4, 2004, a 72-66 win at Cameron Hall.
Even the Keydets’ record for the season at 2-2.
Mark the seventh consecutive season in which VMI has started the year with at least a 2-2 record through its first four games.