Marcus Thomas' 3-point play with 33.9 seconds left brought Western Carolina within 80-78 before VMI (8-20, 2-14) sealed it from the foul line as Gilkeson sank a pair and Lewis made 1 of 2. Lewis finished with 12 rebounds.
The Keydets overcame 10 missed free throws (15 of 25) coming up with 10 steals and forced Western Carolina into 14 turnovers.
The Catamounts have dropped back-to-back games and have lost six of their last seven.
Five-star junior point guard Devin Askew commits to Kentucky
Devin Askew, the No. 1 point guard in the 2021 class, committed to Kentucky on Thursday. Sources told ESPN that Askew will decide in the spring if he will reclassify into the 2020 class.
Ed Beck, of Kentucky Wildcats' 1958 NCAA title team, dies
Ed Beck, a fierce rebounder for Kentucky's 1958 NCAA championship team who later turned down an offer from the Knicks to enter the ministry, has died.
Juwan Howard lands Isaiah Todd, 1st 5-star as Michigan Wolverines coach
Isaiah Todd, the top power forward in the 2020 ESPN 100 list, committed to Michigan, giving new coach Juwan Howard his first five-star recruit.