VMI vs Winthrop

VMI 75, Winthrop 55

  •  

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - D.J. Covington scored 16 points and led Virginia Military Institute to a 75-55 win over Winthrop Thursday night in the Big South Conference semifinals.

The Keydets (17-15), who got a double-double from Stan Okoye (13 points, 10 rebounds), scored first and never trailed. VMI is the first seventh seed to reach the Big South championship game since 2005.

Covington didn't miss a shot, going 6 for 6 from the floor and 4 for 4 at the foul line. He recorded four blocks.

For the Keydets, who split two regular-season games with sixth-seeded Winthrop (12-20), it was their third straight win, fifth in the last six games.

VMI was up 39-29 at halftime and 50-40 with 11:44 remaining before storming to its largest lead, 71-47, with 2:50 left. Ron Burks added 11 for the Keydets.

Winthrop's Andre Jones and Reggie Middleton each scored 14 points, the only Eagles in double figures.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
VMI (17-15) «393675
Winthrop (12-20)292655

Related Video

 

CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike White Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

Villanova Wildcats 2016 National Champs
Get the Locker Room Gear!
Shop Now

VMI Keydets
S. Okoye, F355-143-5104113
R. Burks, F292-37-802211
J. Watson, C90-10-02110
Q. Upshur, G293-90-02138
K. Gabriel, G253-42-22229
R. Glasgow263-50-14437
D. Covington206-64-430516
J. Weethee133-41-11019
M. Sparks120-12-21012
N. Gore20-00-00000
D. Absher00-00-00000
B. Brown00-00-00000
W. Whiting00-00-00000
Totals 25-4719-2329141975
 53.2%82.6% 
Winthrop Eagles
J. Jerome, F231-52-22144
M. Morgan, F160-50-02000
G. Valentine, C320-31-49021
A. Jones, G324-116-831414
R. Middleton, G316-180-170314
G. Gamble243-70-02256
J. Bourne213-53-46039
R. King90-11-22001
L. Brown83-50-00016
A. Smith40-10-01100
Totals 20-6113-214252255
 32.8%61.9% 
Southern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Chattanooga15-329-650
ETSU14-423-1186
Furman11-719-16167
Wofford11-715-17200
W. Carolina10-816-18166
UNC-Green.10-815-19237
Mercer8-1019-15194
Samford4-1414-19252
VMI4-149-21317
Citadel3-1510-22322

Big South
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Winthrop13-523-9130
High Point13-521-11157
UNC-Ash.12-622-12137
Coast. Car.12-621-12164
Gardner-Webb10-817-16209
Liberty10-813-19264
Radford9-916-15191
Campbell5-1312-18308
Presbyterian5-1311-20319
Longwood5-1310-23323
Char. So.5-139-21298
 
Other games
Michigan 72 Final
Illinois 61
Florida St 63 Final
Virginia 60
Georgia 49 Final
Kentucky 79