Scores

Final

VMI 75

(17-15, 8-10 Southern)

Winthrop 55

(12-20, 8-10 Big South)

    Coverage: ESPNU/WatchESPN

    6:00 PM ET, March 1, 2012

    Kimmel Arena, Asheville, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    VMI 39 3675
    WIN 29 2655

    Top Performers

    VMI: D. Covington 16 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Stl, 4 Blk

    Winthrop: R. Middleton 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Blk

    VMI 75, Winthrop 55

    Associated Press

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- 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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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    VMI
    WIN
    Points 75 55
    FG Made-Attempted 25-47 (.532) 20-61 (.328)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 2-15 (.133)
    FT Made-Attempted 19-23 (.826) 13-21 (.619)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 24 0

    2011-12 Season

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