Centennial man reaches milestone as Highlanders Fall 61-60

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Davis Byrd | dbyrd16@radford.edu

Ed Polite Jr. becomes the latest in a prestigious list, notching his 1000th point in a close loss to High Point on Thursday. The junior forward is the 31st player in school history to reach such an accomplishment.

The Highlanders will be feeling desperately disappointed after the close loss which would have seen them improve their record and position themselves further near the top of the Big South standings.

The Highlanders started quickly out of the gates to the cheers of an onlooking Highlander faithful in the crowd. A lead formed pretty rapidly for the Highlanders before being brought back down to Earth by the High Point team that came ready to play. The run by High Point seemed to suck the energy out of the Dedmon Center for most of the remainder of the first half. Continuing to battle, the Highlanders went on a 13-2 run to regain their lead.

Due to the Highlanders inconsistent shooting, not many shots would fall for various stretches in the first period. The Highlanders went cold for a run of a few minutes until finally scoring again near the end of the first. Radford and High Point continued to go back and forth until the buzzer hit zero to signal the end of the first half. When the dust settled, the Highlanders were on top at the interval 31-28.

The second act of this tale of two halves, saw Radford and High Point trade blows rather than each team going on runs. The two teams would trade almost basket for basket for the entire period. This theme continued until midway through the second period when High Point finally seemed to gain the upper hand over the Highlanders.

The deafening roar of the Highlander faithful would surround Radford’s late comeback. Unfortunately for the Highlanders, this crowd advantage did not materialize into a win, as their last possession was a frantic affair. Dribbling the clock to around 13 seconds before a string of passes that resulted in a miss from the three-point line.

Polite Jr. scored his 1000th point for the Highlanders a little over halfway through the last period to give the Highlanders faithful something to cheer about despite the loss. The Junior forward from Lanham, Maryland, layed the ball in after a rebound to accomplish such a feat, much to the crowd’s approval. This was a fitting way to reach the milestone for Polite Jr. who was a historic rebounder for the program. Polite Jr. is just the third player in program history to reach 1000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals.

The Highlanders will be looking to pick themselves up and dust themselves off against Campbell Feb. 15. The game will be televised on ESPNU in their third televised game of the season at the Dedmon Center. Radford will be looking to get back into the thick of things near the top of the Big South standings against the camels. The last meeting between Radford and Campbell saw the Highlanders come out 56-59.

Notes of Worth

Redshirt Junior Claudia Quevedo is this week’s player highlight after her strong game against Charleston Southern (CSU).

Quevedo, who is averaging 7.7 points a game this season dropped 20 points playing Buccaneers in their recent match.

A new career-high total for the Basketball player. Half of her 20 points came late in the game to seal a victory for the Highlanders.

Quevedo shot 6 for 9 with 4 of her makes coming from behind the arc.

Photo Credit (Radford Men’s Hoops Twitter), (radfordathletics.com)