Lexington - Freshman guard QJ Peterson scored 25 points in his VMI debut as the Keydets defeated The Citadel 82-71 in a season opener Friday at the All-Military Classic.
Rodney Glasgow added 20 points, and Jordan Weethee had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Citadel had led throughout much of the first half but VMI finished the half strong to pull within one at the break. Tied at 54, the Keydets went on a 22-4 run to break the game open.
VMI will face Air Force in Saturday night's 8:30 championship game. Air Force beat Army 79-68 in Friday's first game.
Brian White led The Citadel with 21 points, and Matt Van Scyoc had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Bulldogs committed 20 turnovers as VMI made 15 steals.