Javonte Green had 15 points and 15 rebounds and Radford ended the first half on a game-changing 17-6 run in a 76-66 win over Siena Friday night in Virginia. Rob Poole led four Saints in double figures with 17 points and rounded out his fourth career double-double with 10 rebounds.
Siena dressed just eight scholarship players after Lavon Long sprained his ankle in practice Wednesday and Patrick Cole was suspended, depleting a roster that had already seen frontcourt starters Imoh Silas and Brett Bisping suffer major injuries.
Given the circumstances, the Saints gave top effort. They grabbed 26 offensive rebounds which led to 30 second chance points, and tied a season-high with 12 steals.
"It was a good test for us, but I'm proud of our guys," Siena coach Jimmy Patsos said. "I though we really had some guys take some positive steps today."
Sophomore Javion Ogunyemi impressed with 10 points and eight rebounds and freshman Jimmy Paige turned in his best performance as a Saint with two points and five rebounds in 12 minutes. Steady point guard Marquis Wright played through obvious pain to post 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 36 minutes. Ryan Oliver finished with 11 points and a career-high six steals.
Radford had 10 blocks and shot 47% from the field. The Highlanders also made big plays at key times. After the Saints closed to 58-52 on Maurice White's putback with 8:24 left, Radford scored the next five to push the lead to double figures. Siena got back within eight at the 3:48 mark, but the Highlanders converted consecutive second chance opportunities on their next two trips to put the game away.
Siena had its chances, but missed several layups and went just 19-28 from the foul line, including misses on the front end of three one-and-ones.
Green was a monster for Radford, registering his 15 points and 15 boards in just 28 minutes. R.J. Price added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists, and the balanced Highlanders had six players score at least eight points.
Radford avenged a 65-57 overtime loss at Siena as part of ESPN's BracketBuster series in February of 2013.
Siena has lost three straight games for the first time since the 2013 Old Spice Classic. They'll try to snap the skid Tuesday night when they welcome Cornell to Times Union Center where Siena will play five of its next six games.