Deriece Parks buried a 3-pointer to open the game for the Catamounts (4-8), but Whitehead had six points as High Point went on a 12-0 run and the Panthers never trailed again.
Mike Amius totaled 13 points and eight rebounds to pace Western Carolina. Parks had 12 points and Matt Halvorsen scored 10 for the Catamounts, who shot 32 percent (22 of 68) from the floor, including a dismal 17 percent (5 of 29) from the 3-point line.
High Point also made five 3s, but it did it in 19 fewer shots. The Panthers, who shot 47 percent from the floor, also won the rebound battle 42-36.
Anything goes as No. 8 Texas Tech heads to Baylor
Nothing is predictable a few weeks into the Big 12 season. Two teams that typify that sentiment get together Saturday when No. 8 Texas Tech travels to tangle with Baylor at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.
No. 5 Gonzaga preps for lone matchup with Portland
While Portland must play No. 5 Gonzaga on Saturday, the Pilots face the Bulldogs only once and they do it at home because of the West Coast Conference's reduced schedule from 18 games to 16 this season.
Williams compares Barrett's game to Harden
Jay Williams says Duke's RJ Barrett needs to play at an elite form in the absence of Tre Jones, then compares his game to James Harden.