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. "And it's just been a good feeling".
One of the downfalls of earning a top seed (although deep down there's no REAL reason to complain) is the chance of having to face off against the victor of one of the play in games, which was exactly the case for Villanova.
"Everybody's shocked because nobody believed in us but Radford", Highlanders junior forward Ed Polite Jr. told reporters.More news: Suspect in SUNY Binghamton nursing student murder was 'obsessed' with her
LIU Brooklyn is in the field for the seventh time - the first since making it three straight years (2011-13) - and the NEC's second-leading scorer Joel Hernandez (20.9) has been the go-to player, including a 32-point explosion in the championship game victory over Wagner.
A 3-pointer by Batts put LIU Brooklyn up 38-35 with 16:35 remaining, but the lead soon swung back to the Highlanders and they matched their earlier nine-point advantage on multiple occasions and led 53-44 with 10:11 left. "Basketball is about a game of runs".
"I know I speak for the whole bench when I say we just try to do anything to help the game out, help these guys out", Fields said referring to the starters, "bring the same energy that they start the game with". "And that's to pressure them even though they're a fast-paced team and don't give them any easy baskets".More news: Roma knock Shakhtar Donetsk out of Champions League on away goals
The Blackbirds went without a field goal in the last seven minutes of the game and shot 30.4 percent in the second half. The Blackbirds scored 11 of their points on nine turnovers by Radford but were just 3 for 13 from beyond the 3-point line in the half. "I thought it had something to do with it, but I wouldn't say that that was the end-all-be-all to why we came out on the losing end". Both teams were plagued by turnovers.
Jashaun Agosto scored 16 points and Raiquan Clark added 14 for LIU Brooklyn, which is winless in seven trips to the tournament.More news: Run banks rise on PNB compensation hopes, easing rate woes