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Manhattan Jaspers At Syracuse Orange: NIT Tipoff Tournament Begins At Carrier Dome

The Syracuse University men's basketball program hosts the beginning of the NIT Tipoff Tournament Monday night. The Orange host Manhattan University in the opening round (7 p.m.), while Brown University and the University at Albany play at 4 p.m. The winners advance to the finals, Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

The Syracuse University men's basketball program will play in its second of three games in a four-day span Monday night as the Orange, ranked No. 5 in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls, host Manhattan University at the Carrier Dome in the opening round of the NIT Tipoff Tournament. SU will play the tail end of a doubleheader (7 p.m. on ESPNU), which features Brown University and the University at Albany playing first at 4 p.m. The winners of each contest advance to play each other Tuesday night (7 p.m) in the Regional finals.

On Saturday, the Orange (1-0) began its 2011-12 campaign with a dominate 78-53 victory over Fordham University. Senior forward Kris Joseph netted a game-best 16 points, while sophomore guard Dion Waiters chipped in with 14 points off the bench.

Meanwhile, also on Saturday, the Jaspers (1-0) started its year with a victory, 62-48, over New Jersey Institute of Technology. Junior guard George Beamon compiled 15 points and 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double in his collegiate career.

Both the Orange and the Jaspers are hoping to win back-to-back games to advance to the NIT Tipoff Tournament's semifinals, which will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York City.