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Highlanders win first NCAA Tournament game

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Radford Highlanders are moving on in the NCAA Tournament. They won their first game of the First Four at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.

The Highlanders defeated the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, 71-61, on Tuesday night.

Radford's Ed Polite Jr. dunks on LIU Brooklyn's Zach Coleman in the NCAA Tournament (Getty Images)

Radford’s Ed Polite Jr. dunks on LIU Brooklyn’s Zach Coleman in the NCAA Tournament (Getty Images)

The Highlanders won their first NCAA Tournament game in their third appearance. Previously, they lost in the first-round.

They were defeated 101-58 by the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2009. The Highlanders also lost 99-63 to the Duke Blue Devils in 1998.

Radford improved to 23-12 with the win. They will face the No. 1 Villanova Wildcats on Thursday night at 6:50 pm EST in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The Blackbirds ended their season with an 18-17 record.

Ed Polite Jr. and Travis Fields Jr. led Radford with 13 points each. Polite Jr. also had 12 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.

Fields Jr. also had two assists.

Polite Jr. and Fields Jr. were one of four Highlanders to score in double-digits. Carlik Jones added 12 points and Donald Hicks contributed 11 points.

The Highlanders had 27 bench points. Fields Jr. led the bench with the aforementioned 13 points.

Jashaun Agosto led the Blackbirds with 16 points. He also had six rebounds, seven assists, and one steal.

Agosto was one of three LIU Brooklyn players, who scored in double-figures. Raiquan Clark added 14 points, while Julian Batts scored 13 points.

The Blackbirds had just seven bench points. All of their bench points came from Zach Coleman.

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