The Radford Highlanders went on a 10-2 run over the last three and a half minutes to close the game as they used their trademark defense to pass LIU-Brooklyn, 71-61, and advance to a Thursday evening meeting with Villanova as the 16-seed in the East Region.
A Devonnte Holland put-back off a missed shot stretched the lead to 9 points with a little over a minute left and the game was pretty much over from there on out. So we just had to remain focused and go with the game plan. Each team committed 15 turnovers. LIU Brooklyn coach Derek Kellogg said.
Stars Ed Polite Jr. and Carlik Jones combined for 25 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists, but the two heroes of Tuesday's First Four game for Radford were a pair of reserves who average less than seven points apiece.
Jashaun Agosto scored 16 points and Raiquan Clark added 14 for LIU Brooklyn, which is winless in seven trips to the tournament.
LIU Brooklyn: Got hot in the NEC Tournament but couldn't sustain it on the big stage, shooting just 38 percent compared to 47.5 percent for Radford. 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.
The Highlanders have an NCAA tournament win and a date with a No. 1 seed.
Western Kentucky 79, Boston College 62 - At Bowling Green, Ky.: Justin Johnson had his fifth-straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a win over Boston College in a first-round game of the NIT. Averaging 20.9 points per game during the season, Hernandez was just 3 for 11, including 1 for 5 from the 3-point line. "We knew we weren't going to shut him out".
The Bonnies will be looking to take advantage of a UCLA team traveling across the country for the game.
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