The Saturday morning hoops roundup

November, 12, 2011
Welcome to the first ESPN New York college hoops roundup of the season!

On Friday night, several local schools tipped off their 2011-2012 seasons. I was in Piscataway, watching six Rutgers freshmen make their Division I debuts in a 62-56 win over Dartmouth -- click here to read my story from the game.

In other local action:

* Columbia hung tough against the defending national champs, losing at UConn 70-57. Senior guard Noruwa Agho, the leading scorer in the Ivy League last season, had 16 points for the Lions. Amazingly, Columbia had a 20-10 advantage on the offensive glass in this game.

* Stony Brook lost big at Indiana, 96-66. Senior forward Danny Carter was ejected in the first half for intentionally punching Indiana freshman Cody Zeller in the midsection.

* In a bit of a surprise, Hofstra, picked to finish eighth in the Colonial Athletic Association this season, defeated Long Island 89-71 in Hempstead. LIU is coming off an NCAA tournament bid and was picked to repeat as champion in the Northeast Conference. Senior swingman Nathaniel Lester, who missed all of last season with a thigh injury, had 33 points for the Pride. Jamal Olasewere had 13 to lead the Blackbirds.

* St. Peter's, which went to the NCAA tournament last season from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, lost its opener at Buffalo, 72-65. Junior guard Chris Prescott, a transfer from St. Joseph's, had 23 points in his debut for the Peacocks.

* Monmouth was overmatched at Villanova, losing 106-70. Jesse Steele led the Hawks with 12 points.
Kieran Darcy is an staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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