Battle Tested Highlanders Gaining Critical Experience

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Radford men’s basketball has certainly faced its share of adversity. And more recently, the Highlanders have dealt with dramatic endings to its games, making the team more prepared than ever to return to the NCAA Tournament.

RU battled in two overtime games in three days, first at Hampton on Thursday and then against High Point at home Saturday.

“It lets us know that everybody in this conference is good, you’ve got to come out and play your best every game,” Radford sophomore guard Carlik Jones said. “You’ve got to play hard and be yourself.”

Radford won both games but it has also been on the losing end of close finishes, including a buzzer beater at home against Campbell nearly two weeks ago. 

“Our guys are battle tested. They’ve been in this situation. We’ve been up, we’ve been down. We’ve lost games where we’ve had a lead and gave it away. We’ve won games where we were behind and came back and everything in between,” head coach Mike Jones said.

And for a team that wants to prove it belongs in the madness of March, the Highlanders are getting plenty of invaluable experience.

“Those guys have a lot of poise and they’ve been able to hold everything together and not get too high when things are going well and not get too low when things are going bad,” coach Jones said. “

“Just keep battling.”

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