Alvarez helps Mercer defeat VMI, gain 1st SoCon title game

VMI falls to Mercer in SoCon Semifinals (WSLS)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Neftali Alvarez scored 23 points, making a trio of 3-pointers, and seventh-seeded Mercer defeated Southern Conference tournament upstart VMI 73-59 in the semifinal round. After upsetting second-seeded Wofford in the quarterfinals, Mercer (18-10) will meet top-seeded UNC Greensboro in Monday’s championship game. The Bears have reached the semifinals once before in 2015, but never the title game. Felipe Haase added 15 points and 11 rebounds while Leon Ayers III scored 14.

Myles Lewis led the Keydets with 24 points on 10 of 16 shooting and also pulled down 14 rebounds. Greg Parham added 12 points with five assists. The Keydets shot a dismal 3-of-13 from three point range and were outrebounded 46-35. Mercer’s bench also proved to be a factor, tallying 20 points to VMI’s three points from the reserves.