RADFORD, Va. -- Ed Polite Jr. had 23 points, on 9-of-16 shooting, and 12 rebounds and Randy Phillips scored a career-high 15 points and also grabbed 12 boards to help Radford beat Winthrop 85-79 on Wednesday night.
Polite, who came in a career 18-percent shooter (9 of 51) from 3-point range, hit a career-best five 3s.
Christian Bradford finished with 12 points for Radford (9-6, 2-0 Big South). The Highlanders outrebounded Winthrop -- which came in leading the conference in rebounding (39.1 per game) -- 46-29.
The Eagles made four of their six field-goal attempts, including a 3-pointer by Anders Broman that trimmed their deficit to 12-11 nearly four minutes in, but missed their next seven shots and Radford used an 11-0 run to open a 12-point lead about four minutes later. The Highlanders pushed their lead to 53-31 at the break, their highest scoring half of the season, and led by double figures until the closing seconds.
Bjorn Broman hit seven 3s and finished with 29 points -- both career highs -- for Winthrop (7-6, 1-1).
Jim Calhoun, who has a career record of 873-380 and led UConn to three national titles before retiring in 2012, has been hired as coach at Saint Joseph.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott believes a tentative ruling making show-cause orders illegal in California would threaten NCAA membership for state schools.
Guard James Bouknight, ranked 87th in the ESPN 100, is the first player from the Class of 2019 to commit to UConn and first-year coach Dan Hurley.