Norfolk - Stan Okoye scored 22 points and D.J. Covington added 13 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks as VMI held off Old Dominion 76-71 Wednesday night for the Keydets' first win over the Monarchs since 1978.
After a 3-pointer by Dimitri Batten, who led Old Dominion with a career-high 21 points, made it 73-71 with 29 seconds left, VMI's Rodney Glasgow scored on a three-point play 9 seconds later. Covington then blocked two shots to help preserve the win.
The Keydets improve to 2-and-3 with the win. They led by 13 at the half 47-34 before the Monarchs stormed back to take a three-point lead with just over five minutes remaining.
Brian Brown's first basket of the game tied it, and Okoye scored four straight points to push VMI ahead 68-65.
The Keydets forced four key turnovers in the final 2:41, two steals by Okoye and one apiece by Glasgow and Covington.