Threes key VMI over Camels
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Military Institute hit 13 of its first 18 shots, including 7-of-9 three-pointers, in the second half, changing what was a Fighting Camel lead at halftime into a 76-57 Keydet win Wednesday night at VMI's Cameron Hall.
The Keydets (9-7, 4-0) wrapped an 11-0 run around halftime and ended Campbell’s (8-10, 3-1) five-game win streak while gaining an early lead in the Big South Conference North Division.
Stan Okoye scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and VMI shot 62.5 percent from the floor in the final period to stretch its win streak to five games. D.J. Covington scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Rodney Glasgow added 16 points and six assists and Brian Brown chipped in 11 points for VMI.
Trailing 33-27 at the break, VMI took its first lead, 35-33, on Glasgow’s floater in the lane with 16:58 left. Campbell tied the game at 41 with 13:02 remaining on consecutive baskets by Leek Leek and Trey Freeman, but the Keydets reeled off a 21-4 burst and led 62-45 after Glasgow connected beyond the arc with 7:39 to play.
The Camels made 10 of 30 shots in the final period and committed nine of their 16 turnovers in the final period. Reco McCarter led CU with 13 points and Freeman added 10 for the Camels, who finished the night shooting 39.7 percent from the floor and went to the line only eight times.
VMI was 21-of-31 (.677) from the stripe and canned 9 of 22 triples. The Keydets entered the game ranked fourth nationally in scoring (82.6) and threes made (9.4).
Campbell jumped to a 6-0 lead and never trailed in the first half. CU led by as many as nine as the hosts shot just 29.6 percent (8-27) from the floor, but stayed close by making three more from the line (9-14) than the Camels attempted.
Andrew Ryan scored all eight of his points in the first half points to lead Campbell. Covington scored 13 first-half points on 4-of-6 from the floor and 5-of-8 from the stripe.
Campbell returns home to face Winthrop Saturday at 1 p.m. in a contest that will be aired on ESPN3.