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.