VMI 90, Charleston Southern 81

Keith Gabriel scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half as

Virginia Military Institute defeated Charleston Southern 90-81

Thursday night.

Gabriel hit two 3-pointers during a 14-0 run early in the second

half when the Keydets (14-14, 8-9 Big South Conference) took a

51-37 lead.

The Buccaneers (17-11, 10-7), who beat VMI 114-81 on Dec. 3,

closed the gap to 74-70 with 4:14 left, but Stan Okoye’s

three-point play made it 77-70 with 3:08 to go.

VMI led 35-23 with 3:23 left in the first half before Charleston

Southern scored 12 of the next 14 points to trail 37-35 at

halftime.

Okoye finished with 17 points for VMI, which remained in the

race for a first-round bye in the conference tournament.

Kelvin Martin had 31 points and 11 rebounds for the Buccaneers,

who made 3 of 18 3-pointers after making 13 of 22 in the teams’

first meeting.