DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Radford and St. Bonaventure have advanced to the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
Travis Fields Jr. and Ed Polite Jr. each scored 13 points as the Highlanders beat LIU Brooklyn, 71-61 in an opening-round game at Dayton, Ohio. Carlik Jones added 12 points and 10 rebounds in helping Radford get its first-ever NCAA Tournament win.
The Blackbirds got within a point with five minutes remaining before the Highlanders went on a 9-1 run. Jashaun Agosto had a game-high 16 points for LIU Brooklyn, which is winless in seven trips to the tournament.
Radford next faces top seed Villanova on Thursday.
St. Bonaventure can prepare for a Thursday meeting with No. 6 Florida after stunning UCLA, 65-58. Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points to help the Bonnies get their first NCAA Tournament win in 48 years.
Jaylen Adams made a jumper and three free throws in the final minute after missing 14 of his first 15 shots.