By: AJ Neuharth-Keusch
The Radford University Men’s Basketball split their two games on the road this past week, with a win at Longwood and a loss at VMI.
In the first of the two games, the Highlanders recorded their fourth straight road win, beating the Lancers 86-75. Junior guard R.J. Price posted a game high 28 points. Junior forward Javonte Green also tore up the stat sheet, putting up 22 points and 13 rebounds.
After the teams played an even first half, Longwood jumped out to a solid lead early in the second half.
With sixteen minutes remaining, LU led Radford by nine. The Lancers were quickly silenced, as Price, Green, and sophomore guard Rashun Davis brought the Highs back into the game in less than two minutes.
RU eventually heated up and made a barrage of free throws, which led them to the eventual 11 points victory.
Head Coach Mike Jones said, “We have worked really hard over the last three years to get in this position. The guys weren’t going to let that slip away tonight.”
The second game didn’t have as positive of results for the Highs.
RU traveled to Lexington, Va. to take on the division leading VMI Keydets.
Radford had a 4-2 lead after the first minute and a half of the game. They wouldn’t hold a lead for the remainder of the contest.
VMI jumped out to a quick and commanding lead, driven by seniors Rodney Glasgow and D.J. Covington. They put up a combined 55 points throughout the game, as the Highlanders clearly had no answer for the two.
The Keydets led by as much as 18 in the first half. The second half wasn’t much different.
Despite the lead diminishing to six points late in the second after a three pointer by Davis, VMI went on another quick and strong run, eventually defeating RU by 12.
Green led the Highs in scoring with 21 points. Junior forward Jalen Carethers, sophomore center Brandon Holcomb, and Price all recorded double digit scoring as well.
Mike Jones and the Highlander Nation are still confident after the loss.
Jones told the media, “We still have a great opportunity to achieve something we did not last year and that is to earn a bye in the tournament. We just have to get back to playing Radford basketball.”
RU currently sits at third in the Big South North Division with an 8-6 conference record, behind VMI and High Point (both 10-4).
With two regular season games left against Campbell and Liberty, look for the Highlanders to end the season strong and go into the conference tournament with a full head of steam.