Parham Scores 1,000th In VMI Rout

Senior Greg Parham became just the 42nd member of the Virginia Military Institute men’s basketball team’s 1,000-point club Saturday as the Keydets defeated Southern Conference rival Samford 85-56 on Saturday at Cameron Hall in Lexington. Parham entered the game with 992 career points and posted eight Saturday, reaching the mark with a 3-pointer with 15:07 left in the game.

The Keydets (11-10 overall, 6-6 SoCon) closed the first half on a 19-8 run to take a 39-31 lead at the break. VMI scored the first seven points of the second half and held a double-digit lead the remainder of the contest. The 7-0 run was part of a 32-9 surge to put VMI ahead 71-40 with just over 12 minutes left. The Keydets held Samford to just 1-of-14 (7 percent) shooting from three-point range in the game’s final 20 minutes. The 29-point win is the largest conference victory under head coach Dan Earl. VMI is 10-1 at home this season.

With the win, VMI avenged a 84-71 loss at Samford on Dec. 30.

On Saturday, VMI’s Sean Conway delivered 13 of his game-high 22 points after intermission, drilling 6-of-11 three point attempts with eight rebounds. Teammate Jake Stephens added 14 points, hitting 12-of-14 free throws with five rebounds and four assists, and Trey Bonham had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. Kamdyn Curfman nailed five 3-pointers for the second straight game – the fifth time this year, and eighth time in his career. Curfman finished with 17 points and four assists, while Myles Lewis had six points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Parham added six rebounds and four assists.

Jaron Rillie led Samford (6-11, 2-8) with 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Keydets will continue SoCon action tonight when they play host to UNC-Greensboro at 7. For VMI’s schedule and updates, visit www.vmikeydets.com.

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