VMI vs Coastal Carolina

VMI advances to Big South semis


ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- Keith Gabriel scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half as Virginia Military Institute advanced to the Big South Conference tournament semifinals by defeating Coastal Carolina 85-68 Wednesday.

The seventh-seeded Keydets (16-15), who had lost eight straight to the No. 2-seeded Chanticleers (19-11), scored nine consecutive points, seven by Gabriel, for an early 9-2 lead and never trailed again.

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VMI, which shot 27.8 percent in an 81-64 loss to Coastal on Saturday, improved to 57.1 percent (28 of 49), including 14 of 28 on 3-pointers. Jordan Weethee, who had 15 points, made 5 of 6 3-pointers.

Coastal cut a 43-37 halftime deficit to 45-44 with 14:54 remaining before VMI scored the next 10 points.

Sam McLaurin led the Chanticleers with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Kierre Greenwood had 11 points and eight assists.

The Keydets will play Thursday night against the winner between Campbell and Winthrop.

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VMI Keydets
R. Burks, F353-65-613313
S. Okoye, F355-114-855115
Q. Upshur, F213-50-02217
J. Watson, C30-00-02010
K. Gabriel, G297-123-412220
D. Covington212-21-24115
R. Glasgow202-42-24427
M. Sparks181-30-02103
J. Weethee175-60-012215
B. Brown10-00-00000
Totals 28-4915-2225201385
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
S. McLaurin, F297-90-0100214
C. Gradnigo, F251-96-62049
J. Pack, C203-40-06116
K. Greenwood, G335-101-228211
A. Raffa, G275-80-121212
W. Gillis292-52-21436
D. Nieman211-42-43005
J. Griffin72-20-00005
D. Moore60-00-00010
B. Addey30-00-01110
Totals 26-5111-1527151668
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
W. Carolina0-01-4137

Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Ga. Southern0-05-032
Georgia St.0-03-179
App. St.0-03-2328
Coast. Car.0-03-2117
S. Alabama0-03-2158
UL Lafayette0-03-275
Arkansas St.0-02-2190
Texas St.0-01-2221
Little Rock0-00-4217
Other games
UMass 88 Final
Temple 90
MU 61 Final
Cincinnati 72
S Florida 58 Final
Louisville 51
MD 64 Final
NC 88
Iowa St 72 Final
Missouri 78
Ohio St 75 Final
Nwstern 73
SDSU 66 Final
Boise St 53
UNLV 59 Final
Colo St 66