Mercer (15-6, 5-3 Southern) used an 11-2 run to lead 60-46 on Stephon Jelks' free throw with 6:34 left. VMI (6-13, 1-7) responded to get within 64-58 on Tim Marshall's 3-pointer with 1:30 left. After that, the Keydets missed their last five attempts from the field.
VMI led for most of the first half with its biggest lead at 19-8. Mercer closed on a 9-0 run to go in front 36-34 at the break.
Jelks added 14 points and Phillip Leonard scored 10 for Mercer.