By: CSU Sports Media
Radford took control midway through the second half and held off the visiting Buccaneers in the Dedmon Center on Thursday night, 86-78.
Charleston Southern (7-11, 1-4) shot 70.4% from the floor in the first half in holding the seven-point advantage at the break. The Buccaneers were hampered by second-half turnovers with the Highlanders scoring 14 points off eight CSU miscues in guiding the comeback.
Radford (15-6, 7-0) remained undefeated in Big South Conference play with the win over the Bucs. The Highlanders withstood a career-game from CSU sophomore forward Ty Jones in taking the conference win and avenging a loss in Dedmon Center to the Bucs last season.
Jones was 10-of-12 from the floor and converted both three-point attempts in scoring a career-high 23 points. Christian Keeling added 20 points and a team-high five rebounds, while Travis McConico (10) and Dontrell Shuler (10) were also in double-digits.
Polite Jr. paced the Highlanders with 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead five Radford players in double-digits. Travis Fields Jr. added 15 points, while Carlik Jones (13), Mawdo Sallah (12) and Caleb Tanner (12) all hit the double-digit mark for RU.
CSU Head Coach Barclay Radebaugh gave Radford their due. "They're very good. We've had lots of years where we've been very good as well. This game has been something that has been important to us and obviously to them as well. We have a lot of respect for Radford, they played really well, particularly in the second half. I thought that we got away from our fundamentals in the second half and need to continue to be disciplined and focus, even when things get tough. We have to keep working and get ready again for Saturday."
Charleston Southern returns home to the Buccaneer Field House on Saturday evening for a Big South Conference matchup against Gardner-Webb. Tipoff against the Runnin' Bulldogs is set for 5:30 p.m.