CHARLESTON, SC - VMI staged a 16-2 second half run to turn a five-point deficit into a nine-point lead and defeat Charleston Southern, 76-68, Tuesday at the Buc Dome.
CSU (4-3) led 53-48 with 8:11 left following a Javis Howard jump hook before VMI countered with 12 consecutive points to move in front for good. Austin Vereen hit three three-pointers in a 1:25 span and Bubba Parham knocked down another to put the Keydets up 60-53. Parham finished the decisive run with two free throws to make the score 64-55 at the 2:50 mark. The Bucs had opportunities in the waning moments but VMI (3-3) held on to snap CSU's four-game winning streak.
Vereen and Parham combined for 43 points and 8-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc to pace VMI. CSU recorded a 39-30 rebounding advantage but scuffled offensively, finishing 4-for-22 from downtown while committing 19 turnovers.