Hartford 50, New Jersey Institute of Technology 38
Joe Zeglinski returned to the city in which he played high school hoops (Archbishop Ryan in Philadelphia) to help his Hawks defeat NJIT in the first round of the Philly Classic at The Palestra. The junior guard had 17 points and senior Jaret von Rosenberg added 12 for Hartford, which never trailed. Jheryl Wilson netted a team-high 16 points for the Highlanders, while Gary Garris grabbed 12 boards. NJIT scored just 19 points in each half and has now lost an astounding 37 games in a row, with their last win coming against Longwood on Feb. 19, 2007.
South Alabama 71, Maine 59
The Blackbears found themselves in a 40-20 hole at the break thanks to the hot shooting of LaShun Wilson, who scored 13 of his career-high 15 points in the first half for South Alabama. He also hauled in seven rebounds as USA will face UC Davis in Saturday's championship game. For Maine, Mark Socoby poured in a game-high 28 points, but in addition Socoby's performance and Gerald McLemore's 10 points, the Blackbears' offense wasn't very efficient (17-of-50). Sean McNally was the only player in the game to record double digits in rebounds, with 10.
Loyola (Md.) vs. Vermont, 1:00 p.m.
Utah Valley vs. Binghamton, 2:00 p.m.
Stony Brook vs. Columbia, 2:00 p.m.
Hartford vs. Niagara, 2:00 p.m.
Toledo vs. Maryland-Baltimore County, 2:05 p.m.
Tulane vs. Maine, 6:00 p.m.
Penn vs. Albany, 7:00 p.m.
New Hampshire vs. Marist, 7:30 p.m.