The Hilltoppers (4-2) had trouble pulling away from the NAIA Bearcats (2-6).
Leading 23-22, Crook made a layup at the 6:36 mark, sparking an 11-3 run to close out the half.
Western Kentucky then opened the second half with a 16-2 spurt. Brescia didn't hit its first two-point basket of the stanza until Myron Christian's layup with 9:11 remaining.
The Hilltoppers shot 44.6 percent from the field (25 of 56), but a woeful 4.8 percent from long range (1 of 21) and made only 57.5 percent of their free throws (23 of 40).
Christian scored 15 to lead Brescia, which shot just 23.4 percent from the field (11 of 47).
Thurl Bailey, a member of the 1983 North Caroina State title team, has helped get the Wolfpack an invitation to the White House to meet President Barack Obama on May 9.
It's about time for someone other than Duke and Kentucky to grab the top class. Could it be Shaka Smart and Texas in 2017?
Which teams have enjoyed the most NCAA tournament success since 2000? Kansas' recent run to the Elite Eight vaulted the Jayhawks up the list.
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