Keydets in Road Battle with Furman Saturday
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VMI wraps up its two-game road swing through the Palmetto State Saturday against the Furman Paladins. Of the five remaining regular season games, the Keydets will play three back home at Cameron Hall. VMI will be looking to rebound from a 95-84 setback at league-leading Wofford Thursday night. The game starts at 4:30 p.m. at Timmons Arena in Greenville and will be broadcast on ESPN3.

 

Last Time Out: Wofford 95, VMI 84 - Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019

A furious second half rally wasn’t enough against the Southern Conference leader as VMI fell 95-84 to Wofford Thursday night at Richardson Indoor Stadium. Wofford won its 13th straight game to run its SoCon league mark to 14-0, but not without a fight as the Keydets trimmed a 28-point second half deficit to single digits twice before regulation expired.VMI sophomore guard Bubba Parham pumped in 30 points –his sixth game of hitting or surpassing the 30-point threshold this season while sophomore guard/forward Myles Lewis scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Keydets. Fellow sophomores Sarju Patel and Greg Parham contributed 14 and nine points, respectively. Wofford (22-4, 14-0 SoCon) got a game high 19 points from guard Storm Murphy – 13 coming in the opening half – while shooting guard Fletcher Magee labored through a 6-for-14 shooting night, but made it count with five 3-pointers to finish with 18 points.  Both teams rode points off turnovers to spark key runs in each half. In the first half, Wofford converted 12 VMI turnovers into 20 points to build a 53-28 halftime lead but in the second half the Keydets turned the tables by parlaying 10 Wofford turnovers into 23 points. Wofford shot 15 of 20 from 3-point range for 51.7% as seven different Terriers connected from beyond the arc. The Keydets (7-18, 1-12) shot a season-best 57.6% from the floor for the game after going 22 of 34 in shooting (64.7%) in the second half.

 

Last Meeting with the Paladins: Furman 89, VMI 57 (Jan. 10, 2019)

A strong defensive effort helped lift visiting Furman University  to an 89-57 victory over VMI January 10 at Cameron Hall . VMI freshman center Jake Stephens posted team-highs with 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. He hit 6-of-10 shots from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Myles Lewis scored 11, while Garrett Gilkeson delivered 10 points and seven rebounds. VMI trailed just 23-18 with under four minutes left in the first half, but the Paladins went on a 15-6 run to close out the first 20 minutes and take a 38-24 edge at intermission.  Furman scored the first seven points of the second half to extend the lead to 21 and never looked back.The Furman defense held Bubba Parham, the conference’s leading scorer, to just six points - all in the second half. Jordan Lyons had a game-best 21 points for the visitors, and Clay Mounce drilled 4-of-5 three point attempts for 16 points along with six rebounds. Tre Clark had 13 points while Matt Rafferty stuffed the stat sheet with 10 points, seven steals and six rebounds.

 

A win over Furman would ...

-- End a seven-game skid against the Paladins.

-- Be VMI’s first victory in Greenville since January 10, 2015. 

Series History – VMI vs. Furman

This will be the 98th meeting between the teams that first met in 1939. Furman leads the series, 63-34, and has taken the last seven meetings. VMI last defeated the Paladins, 93-59 on February 12, 2015 and captured their last win in Greenville that same year on January 10 with an 83-73 victory over the Paladins.  

 

Lewis Has Career Scoring Night

Sophomore guard/forward Miles Lewis turned in a career scoring night against Wofford Thursday night with 22 points against the Terriers. Lewis hit 10-of-16 shots from the floor and tallied 16 points after halftime. Lewis also had a solid performance in the Jan. 19 85-82 loss at ETSU missing his first double-double by a single rebound. Lewis hit 7 of 14 shots from the floor and finished with 17 points and also tied a career-high in rebounds with nine versus ETSU. He has 16 double figures scoring games on the year and has averaged 12.8 points and 4.6 rebounds over his last nine games including nine double-figures scoring games.

 

Keydets Shoot Season Best

VMI shot a season-high 57.6% against SoCon leading Wofford Thursday night thanks in part to a 64.7% performance in the second half when the Keydets converted 22 of 34 shots from the floor.