FARMVILLE, Va. -- D.J. Covington tied a career-high with 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as Virginia Military cruised by Longwood 86-66 on Saturday.
VMI (18-11, 11-5 Big South) closed the first half on an 8-2 run for a 38-30 advantage before Covington scored his team's first eight points of the second half as the Keydets pulled away.
Two three-point plays and another make gave Covington eight second-half points before 3 minutes had gone by, as VMI took a 46-39 lead. Brian Brown's 3-pointer made it 49-39 and Longwood (8-23, 3-13) couldn't cut the deficit to single digits after that point.