VMI basketball is back in action Wednesday, as the Keydets play host to the Radford Highlanders at Cameron Hall. Game time is set for 7 p.m., and the game can be heard on www.wrel.com, VMIKeydets.com and 96.7 3WZ in the Lexington area. In addition, live stats are available through VMIKeydets.com and fans can watch the game for a $4.95 fee via the Big South Network Presented by State Farm at www.bigsouthsports.com.
The Keydets enter after falling to UNC Asheville 90-79 Friday night, in a game that saw Stan Okoye score 34 points and grab 16 rebounds, both the second-highest totals of his career. Asheville, however, held the rest of the Keydets to 45 points and broke the game open with a second-half run to win. Okoye did earn Big South Co-Player of the Week honors, the fourth time he has earned at least a share of the award this year, tying a conference record. He was also recognized as a Capital One Cup Impact Performer by ESPN, and can be voted for for the award's top weekly honor here.
Last Meeting with Radford (1/30/2013):
Stan Okoye scored VMI's final 16 points, including 13 in the final 1:11, and converted the go-ahead put-back with 3.4 seconds remaining to lead the Keydets to a 70-69 come-from-behind win over Radford on Jan. 30 at the Dedmon Center in Radford, Va.
The Keydets trailed by eight with 1:18 remaining and six with 51 seconds left, but Radford (10-12, 4-4 BSC) would go on to miss five of its final six free throws, including its final four. R.J. Price, who had burned the Keydets for 18 second half points, missed the last two of those attempts. D.J. Covington secured the rebound and tossed the outlet to Okoye, who missed a driving layup, but grabbed his own rebound and put it home for the eventual game-winner. He was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw intentionally, allowing RU only a desperation heave as the clock ran out.
A VMI win against Radford would:
Tie VMI head coach Duggar Baucom for the most coaching wins in school history (116, see page two).
Mark the Keydets' seventh straight win over the Highlanders.
Make VMI 8-3 at home on the year, and give VMI at least eight home wins for the eighth consecutive season, a streak that began in 2006-07.