Eleby, whose previous career high was 19, knocked down 11 of 22 field goals, including eight 3-pointers. He brought the Keydets (11-16, 7-9 Southern) back from the brink in the first overtime, scoring VMI's last six points to knot it at 99-99. The sophomore, who made 13 of 15 foul shots, sank a pair from the line with 12 seconds remaining to win it. Jordan Weethee iced it with one of two last-second free throws.
James Sinclair scored 40 and Torrion Brummitt added 31, both career highs, for Western Carolina (13-15, 8-8). Brummitt sank a foul shot to put the Catamounts ahead 111-110 with 32 seconds left. But after Eleby's go-ahead free throws, Justin Browning missed a jumper.
The Keydets launched 46 3-pointers, hitting 20. Western Carolina outscored VMI 60-26 in the paint.