The Thursday morning hoops roundup

Besides St. John's and Columbia, who played each other in Queens (click here to read my column from that game), the only other local team in action Wednesday night was Manhattan.

The Jaspers, at home, trailed Penn by nine at the half, and by 12 with 7:48 remaining. Little did everyone know, the Quakers had scored their final points of the game. Manhattan ended the game on a 17-0 run, stunning Penn, 59-54.

Junior guard Kidani Brutus led Manhattan with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The most prominent game on Thursday featuring a local team will take place at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan, where Hofstra will play No. 8 North Carolina at 5 p.m. ET -- the game will air on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.

Also on Thursday is the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden, featuring No. 4 Pittsburgh taking on Maryland in the first semifinal, and No. 16 Illinois playing No. 22 Texas in the nightcap.

ESPNNewYork.com will be at MSG for the doubleheader -- look for coverage on the site after the games!