CLINTON, S.C. — Ed Polite Jr. scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as Radford beat Presbyterian 78-62 in a Big South Conference opener on Saturday afternoon.
Carlik Jones added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Highlanders (8-6) who have won three straight. Caleb Tanner had 12 points and Randy Phillips chipped in 11.
Radford shot 52 percent overall to 40 percent for Presbyterian and had a 44-27 rebounding edge.
A Tanner 3-pointer capped a 15-7 start for the Highlanders and they never trailed on their way to a 40-32 lead at the break.
Presbyterian closed to 57-52 with 11:10 to play but the Highlanders replied with 15 unanswered points over the next six minutes, stretching it to 72-52 with 5:22 left and rolled to the win.
Francois Lewis scored 23 points to lead the Blue Hose (7-7).