VMI defeats Gardner-Webb 94-88

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LEXINGTON, Va. (AP)—Chavis Holmes scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Virginia Military Institute hold off Gardner-Webb 94-88 on Saturday, tying the Keydets’ school record for conference wins.

VMI (19-4) is 10-2 in Big South Conference play for the first time in school history. In the 1995-96 season, VMI was 10-4 in the Southern Conference.

The halftime score was tied at 49-49, including three other times in the second half.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs (11-12, 7-6 Big South) took the lead at 80-79 with 6:34 left, but Michael Sparks answered with a 3-pointer to put the Keydets ahead for good with 5:56 remaining.

Travis Holmes scored 19 points for the Keydets. Willie Bell had 14 and Austin Kenon added 13.

C.J. Hailey led Gardner-Webb with 26 points, while Justin Henley added 17 points and 15 rebounds.

VMI also defeated Gardner Webb 96-92 on Jan. 3.

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