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Runnin' Bulldogs Fall, 58-54, To Radford Thursday Night
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          Release: February 09, 2012
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BOILING SPRINGS - Radford closed the game on an 8-2 run to stun Gardner-Webb, 58-54, Thursday night in Big South Conference action at Paul Porter Arena.

The Highlanders (5-21, 2-12 Big South) entered the game on a five-game losing streak, but got 12 points from freshman Javonte Green and 11 from senior Jonathan Edwards to pick up their first road win of the season.

Gardner-Webb (10-16, 5-9 Big South) dropped its fourth straight, and just its third game at home all season.

The 'Dogs went cold from the floor down the stretch, making just two field goals in the final 14 minutes of action. Tyler Strange's 3-pointer with 10:08 to play gave Gardner-Webb a 45-41 lead, but Radford would answer with a trey of its own from Jereal Smith and a short jumper by R.J. Price to take a 46-45 lead with 8:52 left.

Tashan Newsome converted a backdoor layup with 6:43 to play to give Gardner-Webb the lead back, but a steal and dunk by Blake Smith with 6:05 allowed Radford back in front. Tolga Cerrah converted an inside shot to give the visitors a 50-47 lead with 5:30 to play, before Newsome connected on a pair of free throws to trim the lead back to one.

Strange connected on his third 3-pointer of the game with 3:07 left to push Gardner-Webb back in front 52-50 - but Green took advantage of an offensive rebound after a pair of missed free throws, draining a long 2-pointer to tie the game at the 1:46 mark and followed with a steal and dunk on the ensuing possession to give Radford the lead for good with 1:26 to play.

After Jareal Smith pushed Radford's lead back to three with a free throw with 1:11 left, Stefon Johnson cut the lead to 55-54 on a pair of free throws with 47.3 seconds remaining to keep the 'Dogs alive. Radford worked the ball inside to Green, however, and his layup with 16.4 ticks left made the score 57-54.

Gardner-Webb raced into the frontcourt, but turned the basketball over for the 11th time in the half - and Price made one free throw on the other end to effectively ice the game.

Newsome paced the Runnin' Bulldogs with 14 points and Strange scored 11 on 3-of-4 shooting from long range. Gardner-Webb knocked down 5-of-10 shots from 3-point range for the game, but managed to shoot just 40.5 percent (15-of-37) overall for the game.

Turnovers became a problem, particularly in the second half, with Radford turning 17 Gardner-Webb miscues into 15 points and outscored the 'Dogs 30-20 in the paint. Gardner-Webb owned a 35-28 edge on the backboards and made 19 free throws in the game (19-of-30).

Gardner-Webb led 31-24 at the break on the strength of a 7-0 run to end the opening half - with Strange knocking down a 3-pointer from the left wing as the buzzer sounded.

In addition to Green and Edwards, Radford got nine points apiece from Jareal Smith and Blake Smith and eight points from Cerrah - shooting 42.0 percent for the game (21-of-50) and 46.2 percent in the second half (12-of-26).

Gardner-Webb returns home Saturday night at 7:30 to host VMI in the second half of a Big South doubleheader.




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