Monday, 19 March, 2018

Radford derails LIU 71-61

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Kristopher Love | 14 March, 2018, 09:45

The Highlanders (23-12) reached the Big Dance after sweeping their way through the Big South Conference tournament and edging Liberty 55-52 in the championship game.

Louisville 66, Northern Kentucky 58 - At Louisville, Ky.: Deng Adel had 20 points, including 16 during Louisville's hot-shooting second half that rallied the Cardinals past Northern Kentucky in a first-round NIT game. LIU-Brooklyn makes its first appearance in the tournament in five years, while Radford is back for the first time since 2009.

Under first-year coach Derek Kellogg, LIU Brooklyn (18-17) turned around a mediocre regular season and completed the sweep of its conference tournament slate with a 71-61 win at Wagner to claim its Northeast Conference title.

Carlik Jones almost had a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as Radford beat LIU Brooklyn 71-61 in a battle of No. 16 seeds Tuesday night in a First Four matchup in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio.

The Highlanders have only two players averaging in double figures and Polite leads the way in points (13.5), rebounds (7.7) and steals (1.9), but he was just 5-for-20 from the floor the last two games.

The Wildcats earned their sixth straight bid to the NCAA tournament and the 13th in the last 14 seasons. Coming out of an LIU time-out the Donald Hicks show continued as Hicks hit a three coming out of the time-out and followed it up with a driving basket and all of the sudden Radford had grabbed a 49-42 lead halfway through the second half.

STREAKERS: Radford has won its last seven games.

Radford then responded with nine unanswered points topped off by a three-pointer by Travis Fields Jr. that gave Radford a 44-38 with 13:39 left in the game.

The Highlanders have an NCAA tournament win and a date with a No. 1 seed. Raiquan Clark (16 ppg), Jashaun Agosto (13.1 ppg) and Julian Batts (11.4 ppg) are right behind him.

The Highlanders' defense helped limit LIU Brooklyn's leading scorer, Joel Hernandez, to just eight points.