Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

NCAA Tournament LIU Brooklyn vs. Radford

NCAA Tournament LIU Brooklyn vs. Radford

However, the Highlanders notched their first-ever NCAA tournament win thanks to a strong second half.

As expected, Villanova received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

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. The Highlanders won their final seven games of the season - including a buzzer-beater over Liberty - to send them to their first Big Dance since 2009. By then the lead was nine with less than two minutes to go, and Radford could begin to celebrate making school history.

Overcoming crippling NCAA sanctions in the midst of a rebuild wasn't easy, but Jones now has Radford accomplishing goals the school has never achieved before.

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Two programs looking for their first NCAA Tournament victory meet when LIU Brooklyn takes on Radford in the First Four on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, with the victor moving on to face top seed Villanova two days later in the East Region at Pittsburgh.

The games continue into Wednesday as two 16-seeds tip-off at 6:40 p.m.

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.

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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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.

LIU's Jashaun Agosto led all scorers with 16 points as he added seven assists and six boards in 36 minutes.

"Everybody's shocked because nobody believed in us but Radford", Highlanders junior forward Ed Polite Jr. told reporters.

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