LEXINGTON, Va. - VMI basketball concludes its busy opening week with a pair of games starting when the Keydets travel to Pitt Friday night to face the first of two ACC foes this season before returning home to host Goucher Sunday afternoon in the first meeting between the schools.
VMI rolls into the weekend after defeating Washington College, 89-56, Tuesday night in Lexington. The win marked VMI’s first season opening win since the 2014-15 season and the first under head coach Dan Earl.
Last Time Out: VMI 89, Washington College 56 (Tue., Nov. 6)
Looking to start the new season off with a win, the VMI basketball team accomplished the task with a dominant 89-56 win over visiting Washington College Tuesday night at Cameron Hall. VMI was led by sophomore preseason All-Conference pick Bubba Parham, who finished the game with 23 points on 8-15 shooting and 5-6 from the charity stripe. Three other Keydets scored in double figures as Myles Lewis (13), Connor Arnold (12) and Greg Parham (11) also contributed heavily to the VMI attack. The Keydets finished the game shooting nearly 50 percent (47.1) from the field on 32-68 shooting for the night including nine three-pointers.
Last Meeting with Pittsburgh (12/6/2011)
The #15-ranked Pitt Panthers used a 29-rebound advantage on the glass and put five players in double figures, en route to a 97-70 win over the VMI Keydets December 6, 2011 at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. Nasir Robinson led the way for the homestanding Panthers (8-1), as he posted 19 points and 14 rebounds, while guard Ashton Gibbs added 20 and 6, respectively. Pitt outscored VMI (3-5) 57-33 in the opening half, propelled in large part by a 35-14 rebounding advantage over the first 20 minutes. Overall, the Panthers outrebounded the Keydets 60-31, including 22-11 on the offensive glass. Freshman Jordan Weethee had 18 points to lead the Keydets, including 10 in VMI’s strong second half, but Pitt’s 28 second chance points could not be overcome.
Last Meeting with Goucher:
First meeting between the schools
A Win over Pittsburgh would ...
---Give VMI its first win over an ACC team since 2004-05 (Virginia Tech, 72-66)
A Win over Goucher would ...
---Move VMI to 2-0 at home for the first time for the second straight year.
SERIES HISTORY – VMI vs. Pittsburgh
This will be only the second meeting between VMI and Pittsburgh with the only other contest in the series taking place on December 6, 2011. Pittsburgh prevailed, 97-70.
A FULL SLATE IN NOVEMBER
VMI will jump right into action in the opening month of the season with eight contests including five home games and three road games. The November month includes a stretch of six games over 13 days including contests at Kentucky and Pitt. Last season, VMI played just six November games with two at Cameron Hall.
NEW FACES JOIN STAFF
Two new faces joined the VMI coaching and support staff in 2018-19 with Steve Enright being named assistant basketball coach in June and Tom Kiely becoming Director of Basketball Operations in September.
Enright came to VMI from nearby Bridgewater (Va.) College where he served three years on the Eagles coaching staff and was promoted to associate head coach before the 2016-17 season. Enright previously served on head coach Dan Hurley’s staff at Rhode Island where he was the Rams’ assistant director of basketball operations. He also coached previously at Pfeiffer University, Mount Ida College, and Endicott College.
Kiely came to VMI from Seton Hall University where he served as a student manager for the men’s basketball team for four years and served on the team staff that captured the 2016 Big East Tournament championship.