Winthrop vs VMI

VMI 86, Winthrop 79

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) - Keith Gabriel scored 32 points, knocking down 15 free throws, and Virginia Military Institute rallied to beat Winthrop 86-79 on Saturday for their second straight win.

Stan Okoye finished with 18 points on 5 of 9 shooting, Ron Burks scored 14, Quinton Upshur added 10 for the Keydets, who shot 49 percent (24 of 49) from the floor.

VMI (12-11, 7-6 Big South Conference) led throughout the entire first half and took a 47-36 lead into halftime. But Winthrop opened the second half with a 26-8 run and took a 62-55 lead with 10:56 left to play.

The Keydets rallied back, taking a 79-74 lead with 2:40 left following back-to-back 3-pointers from Okoye and Gabriel.

Gabriel scored six points in the final minute to seal the victory.

George Valentine had 16 points and 11 boards for Winthrop (10-15, 7-7) who won the rebounding battle - 38-21.

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Winthrop Eagles
G. Valentine, F397-122-3111416
J. Jerome, F240-32-43242
M. Morgan, C297-81-171015
A. Jones, G378-151-143322
R. Middleton, G347-160-362117
A. Smith152-40-00205
J. Bourne131-20-03032
D. Henry50-20-00110
G. Gamble40-10-00120
Totals 32-636-1238131879
 50.8%50% 
VMI Keydets
R. Burks, F345-81-241214
S. Okoye, F345-96-844318
N. Gore, F200-50-02210
Q. Upshur, G354-50-032310
K. Gabriel, G336-1215-1633132
J. Weethee202-60-01126
M. Sparks182-40-02106
W. Whiting60-00-00010
Totals 24-4922-2621141386
 49%84.6% 
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Longwood5-1310-23323
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Mercer8-1019-15194
Samford4-1414-19252
VMI4-149-21317
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