The Hilltoppers (12-10, 5-5 Sun Belt Conference) snapped a five-game losing streak. The Privateers (7-15, 2-9), who finished with 25 turnovers, lost their fourth straight.
Western Kentucky shot 48.3 percent from the field (29-for-60), while New Orleans shot 44.4 percent (20-for-45). Both teams shot over 60 percent in the first half.
Charles Carmouche was the only Privateer with more than six points, scoring a game-high 23 points. Carmouche went 8 of 14 from the floor, while the rest of the team went 12-for-31.