Men’s Basketball scores sixth win of the season

Senior guard Daniel Mitchell has been a surprise coming off the bench for the Highlanders in 2012.

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Ross Alcorn

Senior guard Daniel Mitchell has been a surprise coming off the bench for the Highlanders in 2012.

Radford University Men’s Basketball hosted Binghamton University in the Sears Brackbusters on Feb. 18. The Highlanders picked up their sixth win on the season after defeating Binghamton, 64-59, in the Dedmon Center. The win marked the the 11th win over the past two years for the Highs.
Radford entered the game with a record of 5-23, while the Bobcats entered the game being the only winless team left in Division I basketball. RU broke a two game losing streak with the win against the Bearcats.
The Highlanders dominated the first half by holding a 29-20 lead at halftime. The Highs started by shooting 100 percent from the free throw line in the first half, in comparison to Binghamton’s 25 percent. RU started the second half off strong, shooting 10-15 from the floor and starting the second half off with a solid with a 14-6 run. The Bobcats struck back with a 19-6 run for the end of the second half to cut the deficit. Radford owned a 4-0 advantage in fast break points over the course of the game, and a 26-24 advantage on points in the paint.
The game was dominated by junior guard Blake Smith, who came off the bench scoring 15 points and who shot 6-7 from the floor, recording his second straight double figure scoring game. Freshman forward Javonte Green provided his seventh double-double of the season, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard RJ Price also added on to RU’s scoring by pouring in 11 points.
The Bobcats were led by Ben Dickinson who scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Omar Richardson also scored 13 points and went 5-5 from the free throw line.
Both teams shot around 41 percent from the field. Overall, RU dominated the game until toward the end of the game when the Bobcats made a run, but Radford ended up pulling the win out 64-59. The Highlanders improved to 6-23 on the year with the win.
The Radford men will try to keep their win  streak alive against Presbyterian College when the Highlanders take on the Blue Hose in Radford, Va. in the Dedmon Center on Feb. 23 with a tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.