VMI’s last game saw Stan Okoye post a game-high 22 points, D.J. Covington notch a double-double to go along with his seven blocks and the VMI defense force several key turnovers in the final three minutes as the Keydets defeated the Old Dominion Monarchs, 76-71, in basketball action Wednesday night at the Constant Center in Norfolk, Va. The victory was VMI's first win over Old Dominion since Jan. 25, 1978.
The seven blocks for Covington, two of which came after Glasgow's three-point play on ODU's final possession of the game, tied for the second-most in a game in VMI history. Lewis Preston had seven blocks against Marshall on Jan. 18, 1992, while Covington and Eric Mann are in the record books having each posted nine blocks in a VMI game. In addition, Okoye passed John Krovic ‘78 for 12th on VMI’s all-time scoring list and is now just 13 points from passing Radee Skipworth ‘04 for 11th (Will Bynum ‘78 is 10th, 30 points in front of Okoye).
This is the first meeting between the schools since Dec. 2, 1998, when Elon knocked off the Keydets 70-69 in Elon. That was the second game of a home and home series early that year, as two of VMI’s first five games were against the Phoenix and both were won by Elon, 85-84 and 70-69. The two schools have not played since then-Elon College became Elon University on June 1, 2001.
Last Meeting with Elon (12/2/1998):
The Keydets took a 38-31 lead into the locker room, but Brendon Rowell and Mike Thomas finished with a combined 39 points and the Elon Phoenix squeaked out a 70-69 win in Elon, N.C. on Dec. 2, 1998.
A VMI win against Elon would:
Be VMI’s first win over Elon since Nov. 18, 1997, an 85-69 win at Cameron Hall.
Be VMI’s 27th consecutive non-conference win at home, a streak that dates back to Dec. 1, 2007.
Give the Keydets a 7-6 lead in the all-time series between the schools.
Move the Keydets to 3-3 on the young season, and give them three wins in their past four games.