The Wildcats have played LIU Brooklyn once and never have seen the Radford Highlanders in program history.
"We remained calm", Polite said.
The bench also made 11 of 19 shots (including 4 of 7 3-pointers), grabbed seven rebounds and committed only four turnovers. Coming out of an LIU time-out the Donald Hicks show continued as Hicks hit a three coming out of the time-out and followed it up with a driving basket and all of the sudden Radford had grabbed a 49-42 lead halfway through the second half. After a first-round win over Lafayette, the Wildcats fell to No. 9 seed North Carolina State, 71-68, in the second round.
"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". Sophomore forward Devonnte Holland contributed 11 points and seven boards in the final and sophomore guard Travis Fields Jr. averaged 11.5 in the last two.
Jashaun Agosto of LIU Brooklyn handles the ball on offense against Radford during the first half of the First Four game in the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.
The madness begins Tuesday night. The victor of the game faces Villanova Thursday in Pittsburgh.
St. Bonaventure set a school record with its 26th win.
The Wildcats earned their sixth straight bid to the NCAA tournament and the 13th in the last 14 seasons.
U.C.L.A. (21-12) bristled at having to play in the First Four for the first time in its history - the Bruins have been to 18 Final Fours. They had trouble making shots against the Bonnies' zone defense and had 20 turnovers, a disappointing ending to a season that started with an global incident.
UCLA's Aaron Holiday led the Pac-12 in scoring but couldn't put his touch on the First Four game. Darius Bolstad, a Landstown High School alumnus, scored two points in two minutes of action. The redshirt senior and junior, respectively, overwhelmed their top-seeded rivals in Wagner with 52 points on 64.3 percent shooting in their title-game victory.