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The Tuesday morning hoops roundup

For those of you looking to read about St. John's opening-night loss to St. Mary's, click here to read a separate column published after the game, which ended at 4:28 a.m. ET.

In other local action Monday night:

  • Rutgers rebounded from a season-opening loss to Princeton with a 68-53 win over Fairfield, Mike Rice's first win as head coach. This win is more impressive than you might think -- Fairfield is the preseason favorite in the MAAC, so this is a quality victory.

    Fairfield has a Big East-caliber guard in Derek Needham, and the Rutgers defense held him to 5-for-20 shooting from the field. The undermanned Scarlet Knights are going to need a swarming defense this season to compete in the Big East, and Rice will do his darnedest to make that happen.

    Fifth-year senior Jonathan Mitchell led Rutgers with 15 points.

  • Fordham ended the longest losing streak in Division I, at 22 games, and Tom Pecora won his first game as Fordham's head coach, as the Rams knocked off Sacred Heart, 69-51. Fordham, which went 2-26 a season ago, hadn't won a game since Dec. 8, 2009 -- hard to believe. It's great for the program that Pecora and company could get in the win column so early this season.

    Brenton Butler led the Rams with 17 points, and Chris Gaston had 12 points and 17 rebounds.

  • Kyle Smith got his first win as Columbia's head coach, as the Lions defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore, 108-74. Columbia led by 31 at the half, and shot 38-for-60 for the game from the field (63.3 percent). Noruwa Agho had 17 points and six assists to lead the Lions.

  • Danny Hurley suffered his first loss as Wagner's coach, as the Seahawks lost on the road to Lehigh, 73-57. Tyler Murray had 18 points in a losing effort for Wagner.

  • St. Francis (NY) hung tough with a Big East team on the road, South Florida, but ultimately fell, 74-71 -- dropping Glenn Braica to 0-2 as head coach. Ricky Cadell poured in 28 points for St. Francis.

  • NJIT blew out NYU-Polytechnic, 96-49, to notch its first win of the season. Chris Flores and Arjun Ohri each scored 12 for NJIT.