LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Ed Polite Jr. finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals to propel Radford to a 63-50 victory over Liberty on Thursday night.
Polite made all eight of his free throws and buried 7 of 10 shots from the floor for the Highlanders (18-12, 11-6 Big South Conference), who shot 51 percent overall (23 of 45). Carlik Jones added 12 points and six assists, while Donald Hicks scored 10. Radford won its third straight game, swept the season series and pulled within one-game of second-place Winthrop with one game remaining. The Highlanders close out the regular season at last-place Longwood, which has dropped 11 straight.
Scottie James paced the Flames (17-13, 8-9) with 15 points, while Ryan Kemrite scored 13 and Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz added 10 points and a team-high four rebounds. Liberty was outrebounded 30-22 and shot just 39.5 percent from the floor (17 of 43).
Radford dominated in the paint, outscoring the Flames 30-14.
Doles sparks Drexel comeback, tops Towson 72-66
Alihan Demir had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Jarvis Doles scored eight of his 16 points during a key run and Drexel erased an 11-point, second-half deficit to beat Towson 72-66 on Thursday night.
Austin scores 28, Samford edges past The Citadel 80-77
Brandon Austin scored a career-high 28 points, including six 3-pointers and Samford held on to defeat The Citadel 80-77 Thursday night, breaking a three-game losing skid.
Middle Tennessee holds off UTSA for 89-86 win
Donovan Sims scored 24 points and Antonio Green added 21 and Middle Tennessee ended UTSA's seven-game win streak beating the Roadrunners 89-86 on Thursday night.