Freshman guard leads Radford victory in NCAA First Four

The Radford Highlanders broke open a close game early in the second half and forged a 71-61 victory over the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds in the NCAA First Four.

Freshman Carlik Jones continued his clutch play in the postseason with 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists against the Blackbirds, in the game played at Dayton, Ohio.

His performance came only two days after he hit a buzzer-beating three to defeat Liberty Flames in the Big South title game.

Jashaun Agosto led the Blackbirds with 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Records: Radford (23-12), LIU Brooklyn (18-17)

Coming up: Radford, seeded 16th in the East, advances to play top seeded Villanova Thursday at Pittsburgh in the round of 64.

Buzzer beater lifts Radford into the NCAA tournament

Redshirt freshman Carlik Jones on Sunday hit a buzzer-beating three, lifting the Radford Highlanders to a 55-52 victory over Liberty for Big South conference tournament title.

Jones’ rainbow boosts Virginia-based Radford into the NCAA tournament for the first time in nine years.

Over the past two days, five teams have won conference tournaments to secure automatic bids.

Here’s a list of the qualifiers:

Ohio Valley — Murray State (26-5)

Missouri Valley – Loyola-Chicago (28-5)

Big Ten — Michigan (28-7)

Big South — Radford (22-12)

Atlantic Sun — Lipscomb (23-9)