March Madness: Radford clinches first NCAA tournament bid since 2009 on 3-point buzzer-beater vs. Liberty
Welcome to the NCAA tournament field, Radford.
The Highlanders are heading to the Big Dance for the first time since 2009 after winning the Big South conference tournament. And it took a dramatic shot at the buzzer to punch the ticket.
With Sunday afternoon's title game between second-seeded Radford and fifth-seeded Liberty tied at 52-52 in the waning seconds of regulation, Carlik Jones delivered the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer over an outstretched Liberty defender's hand. Watch the shot below:
RADFORD WINS THE BIG SOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE BUZZER pic.twitter.com/5m7I7c0QD0— CBB Talk (@CBBSuperFan) March 4, 2018
Jones finished with a team-high 13 points in 39 minutes and was named tournament MVP after the game. That last-second dagger was his only 3 of the day (1-for-3 from deep). Three other Highlanders reached double figures in the 55-52 win.
With the win, Radford clinches a trip to its third-ever NCAA tournament. Its last appearance in 2009 ended with a first round loss to North Carolina.