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VMI The Opponent In CIT Semifinal

Javier Duren (photo courtesy of Columbia Athletics)
Javier Duren (photo courtesy of Columbia Athletics)

Bulldogs Headed To Lexington, Va.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The highest scoring team in the nation is what stands between Yale and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) championship game. The Bulldogs face VMI in the semifinals on Tuesday night in Lexington, Va., in a game that will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network. The start time has yet to be determined but will be either 7 or 9 p.m.

The Keydets (22-12) average 89 points but have been even more proficient in the CIT. They beat Canisius 111-100 in the first round, IPFW 106-95 in the second round and Ohio 92-90 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. D.J. Covington (20.2 ppg.), QJ Peterson (19.4 ppg.) and Rodney Glasgow (18.8 ppg.) average double figures in scoring. Covington set a new CIT single-game scoring record when he went off for 41 points in the win over IPFW.

The Bulldogs (18-13) have played three nail biters in the tournament, including Wednesday's 72-69 victory over Columbia that featured 10 ties and seven lead changes. Yale's largest lead in the tournament was nine points midway through the second half in the 71-66 victory over Holy Cross in the second round.

This will be the first meeting between Yale and VMI.

Pacific will play at the winner of tonight's Towson-Murray State game in the other semifinal. The CIT championship game is next Thursday (Apr. 3).

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity