Bubba Parham had 20 points and Keither Smith, who was 4 for 4 from 3-point range, had 18 for the Keydets (5-11, 0-5), who have lost six straight.
A 9-0 surge late in the first half, with Desmond Johnson hitting the go-ahead jumper, helped Western Carolina build a 31-26 lead at the half.
The Keydets kept the pressure on in the second half but each time they get within a possession or two, the Catamounts would get a key bucket. Smith's 3-pointer with 1:36 to play pulled VMI within 62-58 but after that the Keydets had two turnovers and two missed shots.
Penny: 'Tennessee's entire team ran over to fight'
Penny Hardaway explains the confrontational final moments of Memphis' game vs. Tennessee and how Volunteer players had their "fists balled."
Taylor, McGhee lead Austin Peay past Purdue Fort Wayne 95-68
Terry Taylor and Jabari McGhee combined for 52 points, making 21 of 31 shots, and Austin Peay blew the doors off after halftime, wrapping up its nonconference season with a 95-68 win over Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday.
North Florida rallies past Charleston Southern 68-61
Noah Horchler and Wajid Aminu posted double-doubles and North Florida rallied in the second half to knock off Charleston Southern 68-61 on Saturday.