Scores

Final

Longwood 86

(8-25, 4-12 Big South)

VMI 90

(14-16, 8-8 Big South)

    2:25 PM ET, March 7, 2013

    1 2 T
    LONG 43 4386
    VMI 55 3590

    Top Performers

    Longwood: M. Kessens 36 Pts, 16 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    VMI: S. Okoye 31 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    VMI 90, Longwood 86

    Associated Press

    CONWAY, S.C. -- Stan Okoye scored 31 points as Virginia Military Institute hung on to defeat Longwood 90-86 Thursday in the Big South Conference quarterfinals after having a 17-point lead cut to two in the final 11:51.

    A jumper by Lucas Woodhouse with 14 seconds remaining brought the Lancers (8-25) to within two, 88-86. After Brian Brown missed the second of two free throws for the Keydets (14-16), Rodney Glasgow's steal and subsequent free throw with 3 seconds left sealed the win.

    Okoye was held to six points in the second half, but D.J. Covington finished with 26 points and Glasgow 22 for VMI, which will play Charleston Southern in the semifinals Saturday.

    Freshman forward Michael Kessens led Longwood with a career-best 36 points and also had 16 rebounds. The Lancers, who beat UNC Asheville on Tuesday in their first tournament game as a Big South member, also got 16 points and nine assists from Woodhouse.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LONG
    VMI
    Points 86 90
    FG Made-Attempted 29-58 (.500) 29-61 (.475)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-19 (.368) 7-21 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 21-25 (.840) 25-30 (.833)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 17

    2012-13 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Feb 6, 2013 VMI 93, @LONG 60Recap
    Mar 2, 2013 @VMI 94, LONG 80Recap
    » Mar 7, 2013 @VMI 90, LONG 86Recap

    Research Notes

    Stan Okoye scored 31 points for VMI in Thursday's win over Longwood. It is the eighth time Okoye has scored 30 or more points in a game this season, the most in Division I.
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    Michael Kessens of Longwood had 36 points and 16 rebounds in the Lancers' Big South Quarterfinal loss to VMI on Thursday. He is the first D-I player to reach those thresholds in a game since Norris Cole did it for Cleveland State on Feb. 12, 2011 against Youngstown State.

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