Keydets Host Furman Thursday Night
Courtesy: Randall Wolf Photography

VMI Basketball continues its three-game homestand with a matchup against the Furman Paladins Thursday night at Cameron Hall. The Paladins were the top SoCon story over the first two months of the season roaring to a 12-0 start and attaining the programs first ever Top 25 national ranking. Furman enters Thursday’s game with a 14-2 overall mark and 3-1 league record following a 101-85 home victory against The Citadel Saturday. VMI enters the contest with a 6-9, 0-3 SoCon record after falling short to UNCG, 71-68, Saturday afternoon at Cameron Hall.

Last Time Out: UNCG 71, VMI 68 - Saturday, Jan. 5
The VMI basketball team put up a valiant effort and led most of the game, but UNCG (14-2, 3-0) rallied to defeat VMI 71-68 Saturday in Southern Conference action in Cameron Hall.The Spartans led 67-64 with four minutes left and had several chances to extend the advantage but the Keydet defense kept it a three-point game. Freshman Jake Stephens nailed a three-pointer with 2:08 remaining on the game clock to tie the contest. Francis Alonso hit a clutch three pointer for UNCG with 51 ticks left. The teams traded one free throw apiece and VMI had the ball with a chance to tie in the closing seconds, but Kyrin Galloway blocked the potential tying three-pointer to seal the victory. Sophomore Bubba Parham led VMI and tied for the game high with 17 points, and added five rebounds and\ five assists. Junior guard Garrett Gilkeson had a solid all-around game with 14 points, a team-best eight rebounds, three assists and three three-pointers. Sophomore Sarju Patel hit all seven of his free-throw attempts and finished with 14 points, while Tyler Creammer added nine points and six boards. Isaiah Miller paced UNCG with 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds along with three steals

Last Meeting with the Paladins: Furman 76, VMI 54 - Feb. 20, 2018
A 17-0 Furman run midway in the first half helped erase a VMI lead and sparked the Paladins to a 76-54 win over the Keydets on February 20, 2018 at Timmons Arena. Furman, winners of four straight, placed four in double figures scoring and was led by sophomore guard Andrew Brown who connected on five of six shots for 15 points. Senior forward Andrew Fowler and sophomore guard Jordan Lyons added 12 points each for the Paladins (20-9, 11-5 in SoCon).Freshman guard Jordan Ratliffe was VMI’s lone scorer with 10 points. Leading scorer Bubba Parham, who entered the game fifth in the SoCon in scoring (15.2) was held to a season low three points. Freshman guard Greg Parham dished out a career-high five assists.

A win over Furman would ...
-- Move VMI to 6-2 at home in 2018-19.
-- Give VMI its first SoCon win of the season.

Series History – VMI vs. Furman
This will be the 97th meeting between the teams that fi rst met in 1939. Furman leads the series, 62-34, and has taken the last six meetings. VMI last defeated the Paladins, 93-59 on February 12, 2015.

Bubba Still on Top
Through games of January 7, sophomore guard Bubba Parham continues to lead the SoCon in scoring with a 21.9 PPG average. Parham entered December with four straight 30+ point games, and became the fi rst SoCon player to tally 30 or more points in four straight contests since Steph Curry of Davidson in 2008-09. Not just a scorer, Parham also garnered a career-high nine rebounds with a 30-point outing in VMI’s win 87-79 OT win at Stetson. Parham started his blistering four-game scoring stretch when he scored a career-high 35 points and knocked down a school record 10 3-pointers in the 92-82 loss at #10 ranked Kentucky Nov. 18. It was the fi rst time Parham had surpassed the 30+ point plateau in a game in his career and he followed it up two nights later with 33 points against Kentucky Christian at Cameron Hall. Parham, the 2018 SoCon Freshman of the Year as selected by the media, has 15 games of 20+ points in his career following his 29 point outing vs. North Alabama Dec. 21 and 24 points at Samford December 29.