LEXINGTON, Va. - VMI basketball returns to Cameron Hall to open a two-game homestand beginning Saturday afternoon against Stetson University. The Keydets and Hatters will be squaring off for the second consecutive year after VMI edged Stetson in OT last year in Deland, Florida over Thanksgiving break. The Keydets (3-7) look to bounce back after falling at Duquesne, 71-58, Tuesday night. Stetson enters the contest with a 5-5 record after defeating Bethune Cookman, 72-67, at home Tuesday night. The Keydets conclude the home stand Wednesday night when they host Ferrum in the first meeting between the teams since 2005.
Saturday's contest with Stetson tips at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Last Time Out: Duquesne 71, VMI 58 - Dec. 4, 2019
Despite a career-high 26 points from freshman guard Travis Evee Wednesday, the VMI men’s basketball team was defeated 71-58 by Duquesne University in a non-conference game played at LaRoche University. The Keydets led 30-19 with 2:19 remaining in the first half, but Duquesne closed with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 30-24 at halftime. The Dukes outscored VMI 47-28 in the game’s final 20 minutes, including the first six points of the second half for an 11-0 surge. Evee hit 9-of-17 shots from the floor and 4-of-10 three pointers on the evening with three rebounds. Senior guard Garrett Gilkeson had 12 points, three three-pointers, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior Tyler Creammer corralled a team-high nine rebounds and added four points and three assists. Kamdyn Curfman scored six points. Michael Hughes paced Duquesne with 23 points (10-11 shooting), 11 rebounds and four blocked shots
Last Meeting with Stetson: VMI 87, Stetson 79 (OT) - Nov. 23, 2018
A Tyler Creammer rebound and putback to force overtime proved to be the impetus to propel VMI to victory as the Keydets would go on to defeat the host Stetson Hatters by an 87-79 score in overtime at the Edmunds Center in DeLand, Florida.With the Keydets (5-2) down by three, VMI sophomore Bubba Parham was intentionally fouled with just over two seconds left in regulation to go to the free throw line. He made the first then purposefully clanked the ball off the rim on the second hoping for a VMI offensive rebound and quick putback. Creammer came through in the clutch to grab the board and lay it up to knot the score at 69 apiece just before the buzzer to force extra time. In OT, sophomores Greg Parham and Sarju Patel converted clutch three-pointers to rally the Keydets midway through the overtime before Myles Lewis scored a pair of free throws and breakaway steal and dunk to propel VMI to the win. The Keydets totaled 18 points in the extra time while holding the Hatters to just 10. Bubba Parham logged his third consecutive game with 30+ points as he finished with 30 for the contest.
Last Meeting with Ferrum: VMI 97, Ferrum College 74 - Dec. 5, 2005
Matt Murrer scored 18 points and Reggie Williams added a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as VMI defeated Ferrum, 97-74, at Cameron Hall on December 5, 2005. The Keydets held a 53-36 advatage on the boards and held just a 50-46 lead at the break but broke open a close game after halftime outscoring the Panthers 47-28 in the second half.
A win over Stetson would:
---Be the second straight over the Hatters in the rivalry.
---Give the Keydets their fourth win over the last six games.
A win over Ferrum College would:
---Move VMI to 3-0 in the series between the teams.