VMI basketball is back on the court Wednesday, traveling to Morgantown, W. Va. to face the West Virginia Mountaineers. Tip time is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on both the Root Sports (Pittsburgh) television network and ESPN3 (available only in areas not covered by Root Sports). As always, a radio broadcast can be heard in the Lexington area on 96.7 3WZ and on www.wrel.com, while live stats will be linked on www.vmikeydets.com.
The Keydets come off a 90-81 win over Elon Saturday at Cameron Hall, VMI’s 27th straight home non-conference win. Stan Okoye led the way with one of his best collegiate games, posting 30 points and 16 rebounds, including 11 boards in the second half. This week's Big South Player of the Week also had four assists, three steals and two blocks as the Keydets outscored the Phoenix 47-35 in the second half en route to the victory.
With his stellar outing Saturday, Okoye moved into a tie for 10th on VMI’s all-time scoring list. He also surpassed Charlie Schmaus, former VMI player and coach, for seventh on the Institute’s all-time rebounding list. Next up on the scoring chart are Ramon (eighth) and Damon (ninth) Williams, whom Okoye would pass with 25 points against WVU, and Karl Klinar ‘54 on the rebounding listing, who is 35 boards ahead of Okoye.
Also on a roll for the Keydets is D.J. Covington, the junior center. In fact, since shooting 1 for 8 in the first half against Central Penn (Nov. 13), Covington has hit 28 of 45 shots from the field, a 62.2 percent clip. He is also on a four-game double-figure scoring streak, just the second time in his career he has done that.
Last Meeting with West Virginia (11/27/2010):
Casey Mitchell had 25 points, Kevin Jones had 22 and the West Virginia Mountaineers broke open a close game over the final seven minutes, en route to an 82-66 win over the VMI Keydets Saturday night, Nov. 27, 2010 in Charleston, W. Va. VMI suffered its first loss of the season and fell to 5-1 while West Virginia improved to 4-1.
The Keydets were paced in scoring by junior guard Keith Gabriel and freshman point guard Rodney Glasgow who each scored 18 points while senior guard Austin Kenon added 10 points.
A VMI win against West Virginia would:
Be VMI’s first win over West Virginia since Jan. 15, 1969, an 87-84 win in Morgantown. This is VMI’s first game in Morgantown since that day, as the 2010 matchup was played in Charleston, W. Va., officially recorded as a neutral site.
Move the Keydets to 4-3 on the year, and mark their fourth win in the past five games.