Samson scored ten straight points, including two 3-pointers as Elon (5-4) stretched its lead to 59-43 with 12:03 remaining. Samson finished with five 3-pointers and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds. Troutman was 8 of 9 from the floor.
Elon led by as many as 16 points in the first half. VMI (4-4) was able to close the gap to six early in the second half before the Phoenix went on a 12-0 run.
The Keydets shot 39 percent from the field while finishing below their average of 88 points per game. QJ Peterson, who averages 22.4 points per game, scored 14. Jordan Weethee had a team-high 15 points to lead all-five Keydet starters in double figures.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.