Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Radford beats LIU Brooklyn in NCAA tournament opener

Radford beats LIU Brooklyn in NCAA tournament opener

The Wildcats earned their sixth straight bid to the NCAA tournament and the 13th in the last 14 seasons.

A lot of LIU's success can be chalked up to senior guard Joel Hernandez, who had a monster 32-point effort against Wagner in the NEC title game.

A day after winning the BIG EAST Tournament at Madison Square Garden for the third time in four years, the Villanova men's basketball team drew the No. 1 Seed in the East Bracket on Selection Sunday and will face the victor of LIU Brooklyn and Radford in Pittsburgh at the PPG Paints Arena on Thursday, March 15th. Wojnarowski and his wife, Amy, a fellow St. Bonaventure alumnus, donated $10,000 to fund student travel and ticket costs for the school's first NCAA tournament appearance since 2012. The Blackbirds are coached by Derek Kellogg, who is in his first season after spending nine years at MA where he took the Minutemen to the Big Dance once.

"We know when we bring somebody off the bench they're more than capable", Jones said. After a first-round win over Lafayette, the Wildcats fell to No. 9 seed North Carolina State, 71-68, in the second round. Of their first 19 shots, 12 of them were from three-point range, connecting on only two of them.

Zach Coleman #5 of the Long Island Blackbirds
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Ed Polite Jr. #24 of the Radford Highlanders attempts to dunk past Zach Coleman #5 of the Long Island Blackbirds during the first half of the First Four game in the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio. Donald Hicks gave Radford eleven points while Devonnte Holland chipped in with nine points. Both teams were plagued by turnovers.

And when Holland picked up fouls, Darius Bolstad, who didn't play in the Big South Conference tournament, made the most of his short time with a basket that pushed the lead back to nine halfway through the second half. He finished with eight points on 2 of 16 shooting.

"I thought they did a nice job grinding it out on the offensive end of the floor and taking time off the clock to where we couldn't get moving." L.I.U. LIU Brooklyn coach Derek Kellogg said.

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