LEXINGTON, Va. – A 13-0 second-half run propelled the VMI men’s basketball team to a 78-60 victory Wednesday over visiting Ferrum College in non-conference play from Cameron Hall. The win is the Keydets’ third in the last four outings and VMI has victories in five of the last seven contests.
VMI led 35-24 at intermission, but the Panthers cut the advantage to eight (50-42) with 11 minutes remaining. A 13-0 Keydet run over the next three minutes, fueled by six free throws, put the game out of reach.
Freshman Travis Evee paced VMI with 17 points, nailing three treys. Kamdyn Curfman posted 16 points and five rebounds, while Garrett Gilkeson scored nine. Jake Stephens contributed eight points with six rebounds and Tyler Creammer tallied six points and a game-best seven caroms. Myles Lewis and Louis Tang each scored seven points and Sean Conway had six points as nine Keydets got in the scoring column.
The Keydets shot just 34 percent in the first half and 17 percent from three-point range. Both of those percentages went up in the last 20 minutes, as VMI hit a robust 56 percent of its shots and 36 percent from long distance.
Nick Helton and Kajuan Madden-McAfee each had 17 points and five three pointers for Ferrum (4-4). VMI outrebounded the Panthers 46-33 and forced 18 turnovers.
The Keydets (5-7) travel to Virginia Tech Saturday, Dec. 21 for a non-conference game at 4 p.m.
Quotes from head coach Dan Earl:
“This was not exactly a clinic the way we played basketball tonight. Sometimes the shots fall like they did against Stetson and made things easier. Tonight it was tougher because we shot very poorly from three-point range and missed a bunch of free throws which is not in character with us. Credit Ferrum. Coach Sanborn does a very good job. They came in confident with nothing to lose and I thought they played extremely well. We have to learn from this.”
“Being able to grab the offensive rebounds to give us extra possessions certainly helped and that was a huge key for us throughout the game and trying to keep them off the glass. We had a little bit of a height advantage and you have to hit the boards.”
“Will Miller came in and gave us really good minutes and helped us stay in character. I thought Travis Evee and Kamdyn Curfman did a good job overall. You have to continue to get to the line when your three is not falling or get to the basket and we have to do more of that.”