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Radford rides hot three-point shooting to 88-82 win over Longwood

Chris Graham
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Radford was lights out early against Longwood, and a late Lancers’ rally came up just short in an 88-82 loss on Saturday afternoon.

DaQuan Smith hit a three for the Highlanders (15-14, 5-9 Big South) with a hand in his face on the opening possession, and Radford proceeded to make a season-high 13 triples on the day.

Smith subsisted on a steady diet of tough threes early, and he had a career best six triples en route to 21 points. He was one of five Radford players in double figures.

Meanwhile, Walyn Napper paced Longwood (17-12, 5-9 Big South)with 21 points of his own, and nine players scored for Longwood for a second straight game. Michael Christmas added 17 points, including 12 after halftime as the Lancers made a run, and Elijah Tucker chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the season.

“While I was proud of the guys for continuing to play til the end, we neither competed nor executed at the level we needed to be successful,” Longwood coach Griff Aldrich said. “Today was not the same version of the Lancers that we have seen over the past weeks in terms of purpose and urgency. This bunch has been resilient – so I’m confident we will see a better version of ourselves this coming week.”

Radford was 9-of-12 from three in the first half, with many of them tough looks from Smith and Kenyon Giles, who had 17 points, which put the home side up 10 at the half.

The hot shooting continued for Radford early in the second half as the lead grew to 18.

As happens, Radford cooled, and Longwood started to creep back into the game. Christmas, Tucker and Napper led the charge, but eight different players scored after halftime.

Tucker scored six points amid a 15-5 run that saw Longwood trim the Radford lead to eight, 72-64, with 7:46 to play.

Radford went on a spurt, but Longwood responded, and Napper sank a layup with 1:06 to play to trim the deficit to 80-75.

From that point though, Radford hit enough free throws to hold off Longwood’s final rally.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].