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
UNC-Green.7-116-5123
Chattanooga6-115-476
ETSU5-215-5117
Furman5-212-8142
Samford4-313-7125
Wofford3-48-12247
Mercer3-59-12180
Citadel2-79-13254
W. Carolina1-66-14225
VMI1-64-14336

Big South
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Winthrop7-115-486
UNC-Ash.6-214-778
Liberty6-211-10208
Gardner-Webb4-411-10219
High Point4-410-10247
Radford4-49-11174
Campbell3-510-10282
Char. So.3-57-12295
Longwood3-56-13312
Presbyterian0-84-15344
 
Other games
Michigan 72 Final
Illinois 61
Florida St 63 Final
Virginia 60
Georgia 49 Final
Kentucky 79