NCAA First Four: LIU Brooklyn vs. Radford

NCAA Tournament Central

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BC-BKC-NCAA-LIU-Brooklyn-Radford Capsule, 245 Streaking LIU-Brooklyn and Radford face off in First FourAP Photo NY905Eds: APNewsNow.

Some of the biggest plays for the Blackbirds were by guard Joe Hernandez, who hit a key 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and cut the Radford lead to just 30-28 at the half.

Labeled as a "First Four" matchup, the victor of this game will be rewarded with the No. 16 seed in the East Regional bracket and meet No. 1 Villanova.

How they make a run: Although it is extremely unlikely that the Blackbirds make any sort of noise in the tournament, perhaps the dynamic duo of Clark and Hernandez catch fire offensively, as they did in the Northeast Conference championship game.

The First Four games have an illustrious history, with one of the participants winning multiple games in the tournament since the field expanded to include the games in 2011. By then the lead was nine with less than two minutes to go, and Radford could begin to celebrate making school history.


Carlik Jones had a substantial and loud cheering section at University of Dayton Arena, a lot of folks traveling about an hour up Interstate 75 from his Cincinnati hometown to see him play for Radford in a First Four game.

The Wildcats earned their sixth straight bid to the NCAA tournament and the 13th in the last 14 seasons. The redshirt freshman guard was the engine that drove the Highlanders, scoring 12 points to go with career highs in rebounds with 11 and assists with seven as Radford beat LIU Brooklyn 71-61 on Tuesday night to get its first-ever NCAA Tournament win.

LIU Brooklyn's Jashaun Agosto (3) lays up a shot during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.

STREAKERS: Radford has won its last seven games.

Clark and Hernandez compose the most unsafe pair of scorers in the conference, and collectively averaged 47.0 points per game in LIU Brooklyn's run in its conference tournament. Radford seemed to me to be the superior team led by big-men Ed Polite Jr. and Randy Phillips.

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