PITTSBURGH, Pa. - After a week with no games on the slate, VMI basketball hits the road Wednesday and travels to Pittsburgh, Pa. to resume its 2019-20 non-conference schedule against the undefeated Duquesne Dukes who enter the game with a 6-0 mark. The game will tip-off at 7 p.m. and will be played at the Kerr Fitness Center on the campus of La Roche University in McCandless, Pennsylvania. The Keydets, who have won three of their last four outings, end the week’s action Saturday at home against Stetson in a game that will tip-off at Cameron Hall.
Last Time Out: VMI 98, Goucher 32 - Nov. 26, 2019
The VMI men’s basketball team shot over 50 percent from the floor and breezed to a 98-32 victory over visiting Goucher College in non-conference action Tuesday evening. The 66-point margin of victory ranks fifth in school history. The Keydets scored the first 11 points of the game and held a 45-20 lead at halftime. VMI scored 47 of the game’s next 51 points to pull ahead 92-24. The Keydet defense held the visitors scoreless for nearly 10 minutes during the 47-4 run. Junior Greg Parham paced VMI with 18 points and four steals and Kamdyn Curfman scored 17, hitting 5-of-9 from three-point range. Myles Lewis posted 14 points, Travis Evee netted 11 and Sean Conway tallied eight points. Tragen Fahl and Louis Tang each scored seven off the bench and Garrett Gilkeson and Connor Arnold had six points apiece. Tang added a game-high nine rebounds. Josh Lichti had nine points for Goucher and Axel Seka had six. VMI shot 35-of-67 from the field (52.2%) and 17-of-40 from three-point range (42.5%). The Keydets held a commanding 46-27 rebounding edge and forced the Gophers to just 21 percent shooting (10-48) for the evening.
Last Meeting with Duquesne: Duquesne 77, VMI 61 - Nov. 14, 2017
Junior guard Tarin Smith scored 16 second-half points to help Duquesne hold off a VMI rally and post a 77-61 win over the Keydets at the Palumbo Center. VMI, despite outshooting and out-rebounding the home team, fell to 0-2. The Keydets shot 50% from the floor and held a 36-33 advantage on the boards, but committed 24 turnovers that led to 27 Duquesne points. The Dukes also converted 21 of 27 free throws while VMI made just five of 13 from the charity stripe. The Keydets placed four in double-figures and were led by freshman Jordan Ratliff with a career-high 14 points including a trio of 3-point makes. Sophomores Keith Smith and Tyler Creammer each added 13 points, a second straight career scoring game for Creammer. Freshman guard Bubba Parham hit three treys and finished with 12 points. Duquesne was led by sophomore guard Mike Lewis II who scored 22 points – 17 before halftime. The Keydets trailed 44-29 at the break but went on a shooting run making eight straight shots and pulled within 54-48 following a Ratliff 3-pointer at the 12:46 mark. Junior forward Austin Vereen followed with a free throw to pull the Keydets within five points and cap an 11-3 scoring run with just under 12 minutes remaining, but that would be as close as VMI would get.
A win over Duquesne would:
---Move VMI to 2-1 in the series between the teams.
---Give the Keydets its fourth win over the last five games.