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 most hallowed time of college basketball is set to tip off on Tuesday night as New York City's own LIU Brooklyn takes on Radford in the opening game of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. After a first-round win over Lafayette, the Wildcats fell to No. 9 seed North Carolina State, 71-68, in the second round. 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.
"We tried to commit extra bodies to him", said Radford coach Mike Jones, who has presided what was a five-year rebuild, "We tried to load the box and make sure that, like in football, that there's a lot of bodies in there when he's trying to get a bucket".
Ed Polite Jr. had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Travis Fields Jr. also scored 13 for Radford. The Blackbirds scored 11 of their points on nine turnovers by Radford but were just 3 for 13 from beyond the 3-point line in the half. Of their first 19 shots, 12 of them were from three-point range, connecting on only two of them. 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. Each team committed 15 turnovers. Devontee Holland finished a great post move and scored with 2:42 to go, stretching Radford's lead to 66-59.
It's a dream start for head coach Derek Kellog, who is in his first year as Blackbirds head coach after nine seasons at UMass. "I thought it had something to do with it, but I wouldn't say that that was the end-all-be-all to why we came out on the losing end".