VMI trailed 52-48 with 17:00 left in the second half when Austin Hamilton scored on a layup. But the Keydets regained the lead and never fell behind again after scoring six straight points to pull ahead by two points.
VMI took a 74-65 lead with 7:09 remaining in the game on two free throws by Covington, who went 6 of 7 from the line. The Phoenix (4-2) cut VMI's lead to four points with just over five minutes left in the game, but was unable to pull closer.
Jack Isenbarger led Elon with 25 points.
Gonzaga has signed California transfer Jordan Mathews to a financial aid agreement for the 2016-17 season.
Coach Gilmore on CWS win: 'It's indescribable' Coastal Carolina head coach Gary Gilmore reflects on his 21 years as head coach and is proud of how far the program has come.
Two late June events provided a great start on the 2020 class and a look at some new 2019 talent.