Jashaun Agosto had a game-high 16 points with seven assists and six rebounds for the Blackbirds.
No team in NCAA history has ever knocked off a No. 1 seed in the big dance, and while there's a good chance that Villanova will have little trouble getting by Radford when seeing how the two teams compare on paper, Wright knows his team can't afford to have this kind of mindset.
For the first time in NCAA tournament history, the Radford Highlanders emerged as the victor.
Radford moves on to play Villanova, the No. 1 seed in the East Region.
Radford was up 30-28 at halftime after leading by as many as nine points in the first period.
Carlik Jones almost had a triple-double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists as Radford beat LIU Brooklyn 71-61 in a battle of No. 16 seeds Tuesday night in a First Four matchup in the East Region of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, Ohio.
Radford's Randy Phillips (32) and LIU Brooklyn's Julius van Sauers (2) tip off during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2018 in Dayton, Ohio.
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Carlik Jones had a substantial and loud cheering section at University of Dayton Arena, a lot of folks traveling about an hour up Interstate 75 from his Cincinnati hometown to see him play for Radford in a First Four game.
BOTTOM LINE: Northeast Conference Tournament victor LIU-Brooklyn makes its first appearance in the tournament in five years.
The Blackbirds were making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and their first since 2013.
STREAKERS: Radford has won its last seven games.
Radford: At times the Highlanders looked like they didn't want it, either, but they played better in the second half on the back of Jones.
TOP SCORERS: LIU-Brooklyn has four starters in double figures, led by Joel Hernandez (20.8 points per game).
"Everybody's shocked because nobody believed in us but Radford", Highlanders junior forward Ed Polite Jr. told reporters.