Rad­ford downs LIU Brook­lyn for its first NCAA tour­ney win

Ripon Bulletin - - Sports -

DAY­TON, Ohio (AP) — 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.

Jones didn’t dis­ap­point them. 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.

“It’s just big to be able to come back home and per­form in front of my fam­ily and friends that haven’t been able to see me play,” Jones said. “And it’s just been a good feel­ing.”


DAY­TON, Ohio (AP) — The bas­ket­ball was still high in the air — flung to start the cel­e­bra­tion — when the buzzer sounded and the Bon­nies’ lon­gawaited March cel­e­bra­tion com­menced. Play­ers chest­bumped on court. Coach Mark Sch­midt jumped and waved his arms.

The crowd at the Univer­sity of Day­ton Arena — a place where St. Bon­aven­ture is usu­ally booed — got caught up in the mo­ment, too. And why not? It had been 48 years since any­one saw some­thing like this out of St. Bon­aven­ture.

Court­ney Stockard re­turned from a ham­string in­jury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams hit a jumper and three free throws in the fi­nal minute Tues­day night.

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