“We remained calm,” Polite said. “Basketball is about a game of runs. So we knew they’re a good team, so they’re going to make shots. So we just had to remain focused and go with the game plan. And that’s to pressure them even though they’re a fast-paced team and don’t give them any easy baskets.”
The Blackbirds went without a field goal in the last seven minutes of the game and shot 30.4 percent from the field in the second half. Each team committed 15 turnovers.
“I thought they 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.” L.I.U.-Brooklyn Coach Derek Kellogg said of Radford.
Jashaun Agosto scored 16 points and Raiquan Clark added 14 for L.I.U.-Brooklyn, which is winless in seven trips to the tournament.
Radford led 30-28 at the end of a sloppy first half after leading by as many as nine. The Blackbirds scored 11 of their points on nine turnovers by Radford but were just 3 for 13 from beyond the 3-point line in the half.
ST. BONAVENTURE DEFEATS U.C.L.A. Courtney Stockard returned from a hamstring injury and scored 26 points, and Jaylen Adams made a jumper and three free throws in the final minute Tuesday night, rallying St. Bonaventure to a 65-58 victory over U.C.L.A. and its first N.C.A.A. Tournament victory in 48 years.
The 11th-seeded Bonnies (26-7) will play sixth-seeded Florida (20-12) in Dallas on Thursday night in the East region.
St. Bonaventure set a school record with its 26th win. Stockard got the Bonnies in position for the drought-busting tournament victory by leading a late 12-0 run. Adams — who missed 14 of his first 15 shots — closed it out in the final 49 seconds.
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 international incident in which the freshmen Jalen Hill, Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball were accused of shoplifting during a trip to China in November. All three were suspended for the season, and Ball left the school.
U.C.L.A.’s Aaron Holiday led the Pac-12 in scoring but struggled some in the First Four game. He scored 20 points but had 10 turnovers, including two pivotal ones in the final minute when he fouled out.
Adams is the Bonnies’ all-time leading scorer as a guard but had a rough time as well until the final minute. He finished with eight points on 2 of 16 shooting.