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RADFORD, Va. -- Javonte Green leads the Big South in steals. He may also hold the early lead in breakaway dunks.

Green rallied Radford on both ends of the floor as the Highlanders held off Hampton for a 73-64 win Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore made his first nine shots from the field, scored a game-high 22 points and reached career highs in both steals and blocked shots as Radford recovered from a late first-half meltdown and a slow start to the second half.

Hampton overcame a slew of early turnovers and forced more than a few with its defense to overcome an 18-point, first-half deficit.

Behind guards Ke'ron Brown and Dwight Meikle, the Pirates scored the final 12 points of the first half and the first six of the second to tie the game at 39-39 on a bucket by Meikle with 17:05 left.

Radford extended its lead back to double digits, 64-54, after Ya Ya Anderson's second straight 3-pointer with 6:23 remaining.

Green pushed the margin to 66-54 with his fourth dunk of the night. He went above the rim to follow a teammate's miss and put it back in the basket with one hand at the 5:06 mark.

The Brunswick County, Va., native, who played for former Virginia and NBA standout Bryant Stith in high school, finished with six steals, three of which led to dunks in transition. Green grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked two shots.

The Highlanders (5-3) milked the clock in the final minutes, even getting a shot-clock violation on one possession. R.J. Price's third 3-pointer extended Radford's advantage to 69-54 with 3:03 remaining.

Price finished with 17 points, and Anderson scored 10.

Brown scored 16 points to go with eight steals, and Deron Powers added 13 points for the Pirates (0-6).

Hampton, which turned the ball over 19 times, got within 71-64 on a dunk by Du'Vaughn Maxwell with 1:11 left.

It was Radford's third straight win overall and its third win in as many tries at home. It was also the Highlanders' first Dedmon Center game against a Division I opponent this season.

The first half of the teams' first meeting in seven years only produced a handful of memorable plays, and most of them came after turnovers.

In a sloppy first 20 minutes, Radford saw a 18-point lead dwindle to six by halftime.

Hampton turned the ball over four times in its first nine possessions, and Radford took advantage, opening the game on a 14-5 run. Green, who scored six of Radford's first 12 points, turned two steals into breakaway dunks, the second one giving the Highlanders a 29-13 lead with 7:59 to go in the half.

The teams combined on four consecutive turnovers in one mid-half sequence. Radford finally matched its cross-state rival in giving the ball away at the 10:40 mark, when Brown's steal and lay-in got the Pirates within 23-11.

Poor ballhandling by Radford sparked a run by Hampton.

Brown added another steal and hit a 3-pointer as the Pirates scored the final 12 points of the half to draw within 39-33. Radford turned the ball over four times in the final three minutes and had 12 for the half compared to nine for Hampton.

NOTES: Radford's leading scorer and rebounder through its first five games is also a handy defender. Green, who was averaging 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, led the Big South Conference with 2.71 steals per contest entering play Wednesday. ... Hampton center David Bruce was named the school's Athlete of the Week after averaging 14.3 points and 9.7 rebounds in three games at the first annual Nations of Coaches Classic. The 6-foot-10 junior tallied a career-high 20 points and notched his first double-double of the season against Ohio. The tournament was spread out over three sites, Ohio, Richmond and UNC-Wilmington. ... Hampton and Radford, located on opposite ends of Virginia, met only five times before Wednesday. The Pirates held a 3-2 edge in the infrequently played series, which began in 1982.
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