Crook was 6 of 7 from the field and knocked down his lone 3-pointer. Gordon hit only 4 of 12 shots from the field but made a game-high five free throws.
Western Kentucky (6-14, 2-5 Sun Belt Conference) trailed most of the first half before taking its first lead, 27-26, with 1:17 left in the period. Arkansas-Little Rock (8-12, 5-1) jumped ahead 49-44 in the second half, but the Hilltoppers scored 13 unanswered points to take a 57-49 lead with 1:53 left to play.
The Hilltoppers made eight free throws, including four from George Fant, in the final minute. Fant finished with 12 points.
Western Kentucky has defeated Arkansas-Little Rock seven straight times, dating back to the 2006-07 season.
D'Andre Williams led the Trojans with 16 points.