CHARLESTON, SC - Charleston Southern rallied from a 12-point deficit to take a late lead but Radford persevered to stay unbeaten in Big South Conference play and hold off CSU, 64-61, Tuesday at the Buc Dome.
Christian Keeling's steal and layup capped a 16-3 run to vault CSU (6-9, 1-3 Big South) in front, 58-57, with 2:51 remaining. Radford (11-6, 4-0 Big South) tied the game on Randy Phillips's free throw 29 seconds later and moved ahead for good on Carlik Jones's pull-up jumper at the 1:37 mark. Keeling's long three-pointer fell off the mark just in front of the buzzer, allowing the Highlanders to prevail.
CSU showed grit and toughness to challenge a first-place Radford squad coming off a 20-point win over preseason league favorite, UNC Asheville. The Bucs forced 17 turnovers, out-rebounded the Highlanders 30-25 and held dynamic forward Ed Polite Jr. to nine points and a 1-of-7 effort from the field. Offensive struggles proved the difference, though, as CSU shot just 43 percent overall and 4-for-18 from three-point range.