Tim Rusthoven added 13 points for William & Mary (6-3).
Ahead 32-31 early in the second half, Thornton made a layup and connected from 3 to push the Tribe's lead to six, 37-31, with 17:43 left in the period.
Radford (5-5) trailed by single digits most of the second half until Rusthoven's tip-in and two free throws extended William & Mary's lead to 10, 57-47 with 3:36 left to play.
Kion Brown led Radford with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Andy Katz breaks down the likelihood of Villanova, Syracuse, North Carolina or Oklahoma making a run to the Final Four next season.
Florida State has announced that Xavier Rathan-Mayes will return to the court for his junior season. The 6-foot-4 guard declared for the NBA draft last month but did not hire an agent.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett takes the ACC Fast Break with Dino Gaudio by answering questions like who the best Tony Bennett is and what other sport he'd like to coach.