LEXINGTON, Va. - VMI basketball continues the month of December with the second contest of four consecutive road games pitting the Keydets against Virginia Tech Wednesday night. VMI will be visiting Cassell Coliseum for the first time since the 2016-17 season when they fell 88-72 to the Hokies. Wednesday's game will tip off at 7 p.m. in Blacksburg and broadcast on the ACC Network.
Keydets Head to #13 Virginia Tech Wednesday Night
Last Time Out: Longwood 65, VMI 45 (Sat., Dec. 1)
Looking for its second straight road victory, the VMI basketball team struggled to keep pace with host Longwood as the Lancers pulled away for a 65-45 win over the Keydets Saturday afternoon at Willett Hall in Farmville, Virginia. The Lancers’ Lorenzo Phillips exploded in the second half with 23 points after not scoring at all in the opening half. Longwood was spurred with momentum on two separate occasions as the Lancers went on a 15-0 run in the first half and a 17-0 run in the second half. Longwood also logged 10 offensive boards in the game that led to 13 second chance points and shot 52 percent from the field in the second half while holding VMI to 23.5 percent shooting including a season low 18.2% from 3-point range.. VMI sophomore Myles Lewis led the Keydets with 11 points as the only one on the team in double figures. Fellow sophomores Sarju Patel and Bubba Parham scored eight and seven points, respectively.
Last Meeting with Virginia Tech: Nov. 19, 2016
The VMI Keydets reduced a 20-point deficit to 10 with 8:20 to go, but the Virginia Tech Hokies scored the next five points to pull back away en route to an 88-72 win in NCAA basketball action Nov. 19, 2016 at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va. In a game that VMI had led for 10:24 of action in the first half, Virginia Tech) used aggressive moves to the basket, both on dribble drives and by slipping screens, to impose its will and take a 10-point lead to halftime. That margin then grew to 20, 69-49, with 11:55 remaining, but the Keydets responded with a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 10, 69-59. The Hokies pulled back away with five unanswered points and VMI got no closer than 13 the rest of the way. VMI was led in defeat by QJ Peterson, who had a game-high 29 points, including 23 in the second half. Peterson added eight rebounds and six assists, while Trey Chapman and Adrian Rich chipped in 10 markers apiece. Virginia Tech was paced by Zach LeDay, who had his second double-double in the season’s first three games with a 23-point, 12-rebound night.
A win over Virginia Tech would ...
--Be VMI’s first over the Hokies since the 2004-05 season.
--Move VMI to 2-3 on the road.
SERIES HISTORY – VMI vs. Virginia Tech
This will be the 136th meeting between the teams that fi rst met in VMI’s debut season of 1908-09. Virginia Tech leads 92-43. The Hokies are VMI’s most frequent opponent all-time with Richmond (129 meetings) and William & Mary (117 meetings) the next most played series.
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.