VMI vs Winthrop

VMI 75, Winthrop 55

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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.

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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
Wofford16-228-747
Chattanooga15-322-10112
Mercer12-619-16212
W. Carolina9-915-17221
ETSU8-1016-14192
VMI7-1111-19287
Samford6-1213-19305
Citadel6-1211-19327
UNC-Green.6-1211-22309
Furman5-1311-22293

Big South
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
High Point13-523-1089
Char. So.13-519-12164
Coast. Car.12-624-10130
Radford12-622-12154
Winthrop12-619-13202
Gardner-Webb10-820-15138
NC-Asheville10-815-16242
Presbyterian6-1210-22315
Longwood5-1311-23316
Campbell4-1410-22323
Liberty2-168-24347
 
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Michigan 72 Final
Illinois 61
Florida St 63 Final
Virginia 60
Georgia 49 Final
Kentucky 79