CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Bubba Parham scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half, and Austin Vereen hit three 3-pointers in fewer than 90 seconds during the decisive VMI run, to help the Keydets beat Charleston Southern 76-68 on Tuesday night.
Parham had five rebounds and six assists and was 7-of-11 shooting, including a career-high four of VMI's season-best 12 3-pointers. Vereen made 4 of 6 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high tying 22 points for the Keydets (3-3).
Charleston Southern (4-3) took a 51-45 lead with nine minutes to go after Phlandrous Fleming stepped into a passing lane and took a steal the other way for a dunk. VMI hit five 3s -- two by Parham sandwiched around three from Vereen -- during a 15-2 run that made it 60-53 with five minutes left. Fred Iruafemi's jumper pushed the lead to 10 points and the Keydets made 10 of 15 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes to seal it.
Christian Keeling led Charleston Southern with 23 points. The Buccaneers made just 4 of 22 (18 percent) from 3-point range.
Bets to keep an eye on for the NCCA tourney on Thursday
Doug Kezirian, Preston Johnson, Stanford Steve and Chris Fallica reveal their best bets for Thursday's slate of games in the NCAA tournament.
Who has the best hair in the NCAA tournament?
Here's our starting five. Who you got?
Wooden Watch: Could a contender's run this weekend upset Zion's chances?
Zion Williamson still feels like a sure choice for the Wooden Award, but a strong run this weekend from other contenders could sway voters.