Air Force 68, The Citadel 55
Army 92, VMI 86
So, What Happened?
The two military academies both lost their final games in the All Military Classic. Air Force beat The Citadel and Army beat VMI to make the two SoCon teams finish second and fourth. Ashton Moore did not shoot well for the Bulldogs, going 1 of 11 from three point range, hurting the Bulldogs chances of winning. Also, the Bulldogs couldn't rebound well. The Keydets couldn't hold onto a halftime lead and the Black Knights won the last championship on their home floor.
The SoCon still hasn't come up with a D1 out of conference win yet on the year. This is not surprising. Their best chance for a win so far was probably VMI taking on Army on the road. But the SoCon is still winless. They have four games on Sunday and Monday that they will be heavy underdogs in all of them. The best chance for the SoCon to come up with a win starts on Tuesday.
Game of the Day- Army 92, VMI 86
VMI lead 56-54 with 18:54 left in the second half. With 13:53 left, Army scored to push the lead to 71-57. That 17-1 run by the Black Knights was the major difference in the game. Amazingly, VMI came back and took an 83-77 lead with 4:16 left. The Keydets just couldn't hang on, not making plays down the stretch necessary to hold on and win a game.
Army shot over 55% from the floor, which is the second straight game the Keydets have played that poorly defensively. Brian Brown only had six points. He also had no assists. As the newly anointed point guard, he needs to do better than that.
All in all, it wasn't a bad showing by VMI in this tournament, but there are a lot of questions that still need to be answered.
Player of the Day- QJ Peterson, VMI
Peterson had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists. He did a little bit of everything in VMI's loss to Army. He was all over the court, and that is why he is one of the best players in the entire SoCon and will be that kind of player all year long.