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American holds off second-half VMI rally, posts 69-61 win over Keydets

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American led by as many as 14, and kept VMI at bay from there to post a 69-61 win on Tuesday night.

The Keydets (5-7) stayed within shouting distance of the Eagles (8-2) for the most part, narrowing a 14-point deficit to five on two occasions, the last time on a four-point play by Asher Woods with 6:57 to go.

Tony Felder scored 21 points on 9-of-12 shooting for VMI, and Woods added 14.

The VMI bench put up a goose egg on the night.

American got 20 points from Matt Rogers.

The Eagles were 14-of-34 (41.2 percent) from three.

“Credit to American – they are really good,” VMI coach Andrew Wilson said. “We didn’t play our best tonight, and they had something to do with it. I thought they had a great gameplan. They were very worried about us shooting the three, and they did a great job of forcing us into something else.”

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