VMI defeats William & Mary 73-65 in Bracket Buster

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Stan Okoye scored 22 points to lead Virginia Military Institute over William & Mary 73-65 on Saturday.

Michael Sparks added 15 points and Keith Gabriel 12 for the Keydets, who gave coach Duggar Baucom his 100th win at VMI. Only Bart Bellairs (1995-2005) has more wins than the Keydets coach with 116.

After shooting 44.8 percent in the first half (13 of 29), the Keydets (13-14) led 39-30 at halftime.

The Tribe (5-24) pulled within one, 50-49, with 11:20 remaining but missed their next seven shots from the field as VMI went on a 7-2 run.

Jordan Weethee's 3-pointer put the Keydets up 57-51 with 6:11 to go, and they would lead the rest of the Bracket Busters contest.

Quinn McDowell scored 15 points and Tim Rusthoven and Marcus Thornton added 14 apiece for the Tribe.