Buffalo - Senior D.J. Covington poured in a career-high 37 points, Rodney Glasgow and QJ Peterson added 28 apiece as VMI outscored Canisius College 111-100 Tuesday night in first-round action of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
It's the Keydets' first postseason win in 37 years. VMI advances to the second round of the CIT, which will be held Friday and Saturday at sites to be determined.
The Keydets broke out to a 15-0 lead against the Golden Griffins and led by as many as 21 before Canisius rallied, VMI's lead was trimmed to 14 at the half, 59-45.
The Golden Griffins sliced the lead to two midway of the second half, but VMI answered with a 7-0 run to again take charge. The Keydets were not seriously threatened the rest of the way.
With the win, VMI nails down the fifth 20-win season in program history.