LEXINGTON, Va. - VMI basketball starts the month of December with a four-game road swing beginning with a non-conference in-state clash with Longwood Saturday in Farmville, Virginia. It will be the second consecutive year the teams have met with VMI taking an 81-70 decision last year at Cameron Hall. Tip-off is slated for 3 p.m. at Willett Hall in Farmville and will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Last Time Out: American 74, VMI 64 (Tue., Nov. 27)
Despite 30 points from sophomore guard Bubba Parham, visiting American University defeated the VMI men’s basketball team 74-64 in non-conference play Tuesday night. Parham scored 30 points or more for the fourth-straight contest, sinking four three-pointers and 12-of-14 free throws to go with five rebounds. The Eagles led 37-32 at the break and had a 68-64 advantage with 1:35 on the game clock after a pair of Parham free throws. The teams exchanged turnovers, followed by a VMI flagrant foul with 55 seconds remaining. American made one of two from the charity stripe and kept possession of the ball, forcing the Keydets to foul again. Marvin Bragg sank both ends of a 1-and-1, VMI missed on the other end and could get no closer. Greg Parham was the only other Keydet in double figures with 14, while Jake Stephens and Garrett Gilkeson each had six. Gilkeson added five steals on the evening. The tough American defense forced VMI into shooting just 34.5 percent overall (20-58) and 26 percent (6-23) from three-point range. Sa’eed Nelson led the Eagles (4-1) with 26 points
Last Meeting with Longwood: Dec. 9, 2017
The VMI Keydets got a career-high 19 points from Keith Smith, a season-low five turnovers and weathered a second-half comeback attempt by the Longwood Lancers on the way to an 81-70 win in basketball action December 9, 2017 at Cameron Hall in Lexington.VMI led by as many as 10 in the first half, but Longwood chipped away and closed the gap to two on three different occasions midway through the second period. The last of those times came with 10:21 remaining at 58-56, but the Keydets scored 10 of the game’s next fifteen points and the Lancers got no closer than six the rest of the way. The Keydets finished with four in double figures, led by Smith’s 19 points and six assists. Austin Vereen chipped in 14, while Tyler Creammer had 12 points and seven rebounds. B.K. Ashe led Longwood (3-6) with 21 points.
A win over Longwood would ...
--Be VMI’s seventh straight win in the series.
--Move VMI to 2-2 on the road in 2018-19
Series History – VMI vs. Longwood
This will be the 11th meeting between the teams that first met in the 1981-82 season. VMI holds a 8-2 lead. The Keydets have won six straight in the rivalry including five meetings when both schools were members of the Big South Conference (2013-2014).
On the Road in December
The Keydets will be opening December on a four-game road swing with games at Longwood (Dec.1), Virginia Tech (Dec. 5), Chattanooga (Dec. 9), and Presbyterian (Dec. 12). VMI does not return home to Cameron Hall until Dec. 21 against North Alabama.