CLINTON, S.C. -- Ed Polite Jr. scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Radford beat Presbyterian 78-62 in a Big South Conference opener on Saturday afternoon.
Radford shot 52 percent overall to 40 percent for Presbyterian and had a 44-27 rebounding edge.
A Tanner 3-pointer capped a 15-7 start for the Highlanders and they never trailed on their way to a 40-32 lead at the break.
Presbyterian closed to 57-52 with 11:10 to play but the Highlanders replied with 15 unanswered points over the next six minutes, stretching it to 72-52 with 5:22 left and rolled to the win.
Francois Lewis scored 23 points to lead the Blue Hose (7-7).
Mannion, who recently reclassified and is ESPN's No.11 overall player in the class of 2019, chose Arizona over Marquette.
He'll fit in with Sean Miller's plans for a faster tempo on offense.
The cream of the crop of American high school basketball will congregate in Colorado Springs from Oct. 5-7, as USA Basketball unveils its newly expanded Junior National Team minicamp in collaboration with the NBA, NCAA and NBPA.