Jones scores 20 to lift Radford over Winthrop 81-77

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Devonnte Holland blocked a shot and made two free throws in the final 19 seconds as Radford held off Winthrop 81-77 on Monday night after nearly blowing a 27-point lead.

Radford led 46-31 at halftime after shooting 55% and opened the second half on a 16-4 run for a 27-point lead with 14:06 remaining. Winthrop had the ball, down two, with 29 seconds to go, and Russell Jones appeared to be open on a baseline drive but Holland got a piece of it.

Radford (15-9, 10-2 Big South) snapped Winthrop’s 14-game winning streak after the Eagles (18-8, 12-1) received a vote in the AP Top 25 poll. Winthrop’s last defeat was on Dec. 14 at Furman.

Carlik Jones had 20 points and Travis Fields, Jr. added 19 for Radford, which earned its fifth consecutive victory. Donald Hicks added 11 points, and Devine Eke had nine rebounds.

Hunter Hale had 24 points for the Eagles. Russell Jones added 13 points, and Chandler Vaudrin had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.