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The last two years, SportsLine's computer simulation correctly predicted nine out of 12 double-digit NCAA Tournament upsets in the first round with their computer algorithm.

Jones didn't disappoint them.

The Radford Highlanders and their slow, half court style prevailed over the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds 71-61 in their First Four bout on Tuesday.

"It's fantastic. I mean, there's nothing really like this in the U.K. We're all just supporting the same team and you can just feel everyone so excited to watch Radford", said Reynolds. But the bigger issue for LIU Brooklyn was its perimeter shooting, as Derek Kellogg's squad went through lengthy stretches in which it settled for perimeter shots instead of attacking the Radford defense. "Basketball is about a game of runs". The Highlanders can slow down the game against a more talented Power-5 team and keep the score low in a grind-it-out win. Hicks picked up his fourth foul with nine minutes remaining in the game with Radford up 53-46. Both teams were plagued by turnovers.

"I thought (Radford) did a nice job grinding it out on the offensive end of the floor and taking time off the clock to where we couldn't get moving".

Even with the strong defensive performance, Radford was unable to create much separation with a two-point halftime lead and left the door open for LIU Brooklyn.

Jashaun Agosto #3 of the Long Island Blackbirds attempts a lay up past Christian Bradford #3 of the Radford Highlanders during the first half of the First Four game in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.

The Highlanders twosome of Ed Polite Jr. and Travis Fields Jr. scored 13 points apiece with Polite Jr. hauling in 13 rebounds with Carlik Jones adding 12 points and another eleven rebounds.

Radford: At times the Highlanders looked like they didn't want it, either, but they played better in the second half on the back of Jones, who had seven assists to go with his double-double. In 34 games this year, the Teaneck, NJ native is averaging 20.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

The game was played with all the intensity of an NCAA Championship game.

Radford: Faces No. 1 seed Villanova in the first round of the tournament on Thursday.

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