ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Neftali Alvarez scored 23 choices, making a trio of three-pointers, and seventh-seeded Mercer defeated Southern Convention match upstart VMI 73-59 within the semifinal round on Sunday night.
After upsetting 2d-seeded Wofford within the quarterfinals, Mercer (18-10) will meet top-seeded UNC Greensboro in Monday’s championship game. The Bears beget reached the semifinals once before in 2015, nonetheless never the title game.
Alvarez scored from inside as well to from the arc, showcasing a range of crawl strikes and drives to realize 9-for-19. Felipe Haase added 15 choices and 11 rebounds whereas Leon Ayers III scored 14.
VMI (13-12) had no longer appeared within the SoCon semifinals since 2003 and edged Furman in beyond in trend time to regain there Sunday. Myles Lewis led the Keydets with 24 choices on 10 of 16 taking pictures and as well pulled down 14 rebounds. Greg Parham added 12 choices with five assists.
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