The Hurricanes led Radford 32-30 at the break, but Randy Phillips' layup 40 seconds into the second tied it and Donald Hicks followed with a 3-pointer and Radford (1-0) never trailed again.
After Devin Watson hit a 3 to bring the Hurricanes to within 39-37, Devonnte Holland made a layup and Polite scored three times inside and the Highlanders went up 47-37. Hicks buried a 3 with 3:45 to go and Radford led 67-50.
Watson and John Mason lead Georgia Southwestern State with 14 points apiece and R.J. Sessions added 12 points.
The Hurricanes shot 24 for 52 from the floor (46.2 percent) to 27-64 (42.2 percent) for Radford. Georgia Southwestern was 11-for-22 shooting from behind the 3-point line to 7 for 25 for Radford.
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