Keydets Take on Samford at Home Saturday
Courtesy: Randall Wolf Photography

VMI continues the month of February wrapping up a two-game home stand Saturday against Cameron Hall. Of the seven games remaining regular season games, the Keydets are playing four at Cameron Hall. VMI will be looking to avenge an 96-68 loss at Samford in Birmingham, Alabama December 29.The game tips at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.

 

Last Time Out: Chattanooga 71, VMI 70 - Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019

A last second shot to win the game hit the rim and bounced off Thursday evening as the VMI men’s basketball team was defeated 71-70 by visiting Chattanooga in a Southern Conference matchup. Sophomore Bubba Parham scored a game-high 21 points, 14 in the first half, hitting four three-pointers. Lewis posted 15 points and five rebounds, while Sarju Patel had 14 points and six boards. Jake Stephens delivered 12 points and four caroms. Thomas Smallwood came off the bench to score a team-best 16 points for Chattanooga with six rebounds. Ramon Vila, David Jean-Baptiste and Donovann Toatley each had 11 points and combined for 11 boards. Kevin Easley added eight points and seven rebounds.  The Mocs led 70-68 with 4:25 on the game clock before the defenses took over, allowing only three points in the remainder of the contest. UTC led 71-68 with 17 seconds left but sophomore Myles Lewis stole the ball and fed junior Garrett Gilkeson for a layup to make it a one-point game. Chattanooga missed the ensuing 1-and-1 after a VMI foul, giving the Keydets the ball back with the chance for the win. A VMI three-point attempt by Jake Stephens with one second left didn’t fall and the Mocs hung on for the

win. The contest was 45 minutes late tipping off due to a power outage.

 

Last Meeting with the Bulldogs: Samford 96, VMI 68 (Dec. 29, 2018)

The VMI basketball team fell short of its goal as host Samford claimed a 96-68 win over the Keydets at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Alabama. The Keydets (6-8, 0-2) were led by sophomore guard Bubba Parham, who put up 24 points on 8-20 shooting including six three-pointers. The tally marked his 14th career game with over 20 points scored these past two seasons.VMI struggled to contend with Samford in the interior as the Bulldogs outscored the Keydets 40-12 in the paint and claimed 46 rebounds to 28 for VMI. Samford also had production from the bench with 44 points coming from reserves while the injury-depleted Keydets registered 19. Samford’s hustle paid off with 12 second-chance points and 27 points off VMI turnovers throughout the contest. Three other Keydets logged double digits as Myles Lewis and Jake Stephens both had 11 points while Greg Parham had 10. Samford (11-4, 1-1) was led by 23 points from center Ruben Guerrero.

 

A win over Samford would ...

-- Move VMI to 7-5 at home in 2018-19

-- Be VMI’s first win over Samford since January 21, 2016 (83-76)

 

Series History – VMI vs. Samford

This will be the 14th meeting between the schools that first met in 1967. Samford leads the series 11-2 and has taken the last eight in the series including a 96-68 win in Birmingham this season. VMI’s last win in the series came on January 21, 2016 (83-76). 

 

Patel Settling in as Starter

VMI sophomore guard Sarju Patel produced his first double figures scoring game as a starter with 14 points against Chattanooga February 7. VMI employed its third starting lineup combo of the year when it inserted sophomore Sarju Patel at guard against The Citadel January 26.