VMI returns home for a brief one-game stint at Cameron Hall Thursday night when it takes on ETSU in the second regular season meeting between teams. VMI will be looking to rebound from 96-62 setback at Furman last Saturday. The Keydets have four regular season games left in 2018-19 with three slated in Lexington.
Sophomore guard Bubba Parham is just 24 points away from reaching the 1,000 career points mark. Tipoff with the Bucs begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Last Time Out: Furman 96, VMI 62 - Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019
The VMI basketball team fell to SoCon host Furman by a 96-62 count Saturday to complete its two-game road swing at Timmons Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. The Keydets (7-19, 1-13) fell behind early as the Paladins (22-5, 11-4) raced to a 53-29 lead at the half. VMI played better in the second half and was only outscored by a 43-33 tally, but the damage was done in the opening half and proved insurmountable to overcome. Noah Gurley led the Paladins with 19 points while Clay Mounce and Mike Bothwell each contributed 13 points to lead Furman to the win. VMI’s Bubba Parham finished the game with four treys and led the Keydets with 16 points on the night. Garrett Gilkeson and Sarju Patel both finished with nine points in the loss.
Last Meeting with the Bucs: ETSU 85, VMI 82 (Jan. 17, 2019)
Despite a heroic effort to come back in the second half after trailing by 14 at the half, the VMI basketball team came up just short of victory as the host ETSU Bucs escaped with an 85-82 win over the Keydets January 17 at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, Tennessee.The rally came down to the final possession as VMI’s Bubba Parham shot a three-pointer with the clock was winding down but the ball was tipped by ETSU’s Mladen Armus and the Keydets (6-12, 0-6) were unable to get another shot off. Parham finished the game with a game-high 25 points, his 16th career game with 20+ points. Other notables for the Keydets included sophomore Myles Lewis scoring 17 points, one off his career high and he tied a previous career high with nine rebounds on the night. Junior Will Miller returned to action for the first time in 14 games following injury and played 12 minutes for the Keydets. VMI shot 56.3 percent in the second half after shooting just 40 percent in the opening stanza. Sarju Patel (11) and Jake Stephens (10) also scored in double figures for the Keydets. ETSU was paced by 23 points from Daivien Williamson while Bo Hodges (17 points) and Tray Boyd III (13) also played significant roles.
A win over ETSU would ...
-- End a seven-game skid against the Bucs.
-- Move VMI to 7-6 at home.
Series History – VMI vs. ETSU
This will be the 63rd meeting between the teams that first met in 1953. ETSU leads the series, 48-14, and has taken the last seven meetings including wins 89-48 (Johnson City, Tenn.) and 70-56 (Lexington, Va.) last year, and 85-82 in Johnson City this year. VMI last defeated the Bucs, 85-79 on January 17, 2015 in Lexington.
Lewis Has Career Scoring Night
Sophomore guard/forward Miles Lewis turned in a career scoring night against Wofford February 14 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 a ten game stretch between Jan. 10-Feb.14 including nine double-figures scoring games.