CONWAY, S.C. -- Arlon Harper scored a career-high 33 points to pace Charleston Southern over Virginia Military Institute 71-65 in the Big South Conference semifinals Saturday.
Harper, who also had a career-best nine rebounds for the Buccaneers (19-11), secured the victory with four free throws in the final 22 seconds.
Rodney Glasgow, who scored a career-best 31 for the Keydets (14-17), converted a three-point play with 25 seconds left to bring VMI within 67-65.
Harper scored seven points during a 14-2 run to start the second half that gave Charleston Southern a 39-32 lead, which reached 57-47 with 8:55 left.
Saah Nimley added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Charleston Southern, the South Division's top seed, which is seeking its first NCAA tournament berth since 1997.