March 18, 2018

Radford downs LIU Brooklyn for first tourney win

14 March 2018, 09:44 | Sandy Nunez

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LIU is coming off a surprising run to the Northeast Conference title, upsetting Wagner on its home floor in the conference championship game to secure its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2013.

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.

Radford is in the tourney for the third time ever and the first since 2009.

The First Four games have an illustrious history, with one of the participants winning multiple games in the tournament since the field expanded to include the games in 2011. March Madness will officially be underway when LIU-Brooklyn and Radford, two No. 16 seeds clash for the right to play No. 1 seed Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The #1 Villanova Wildcats face the #16 Radford Highlanders in the South Region of the NCAA's in Thursday college basketball action.

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The games continue into Wednesday as two 16-seeds tip-off at 6:40 p.m. Raiquan Clark added 14 points and Julian Batts contributed 13 and eight boards in defeat for LIU Brooklyn. By then the lead was nine with less than two minutes to go, and Radford could begin to celebrate making school history.

Devonnte Holland of the Radford Highlanders is fouled by Julius van Sauers of the Long Island Blackbirds in the first half of the First Four game in the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.

On Tuesday night, junior forward Ed Polite Jr. grabbed a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, with four assists and two steals to lead the way for Radford, which improved to 23-12 on the season.

BOTTOM LINE: Northeast Conference Tournament victor LIU-Brooklyn makes its first appearance in the tournament in five years.

Hernandez, a senior guard, also contributes 5.9 rebounds and three other players average at least 10 points for the Blackbirds - who were second in the league in scoring (77.5).

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