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November 10, 2007 at 3:10 PM

New Jersey Tech gets pounded in opener

Or, as the school web site says it a little more politely “Manhattan Takes Season Opener at NJIT.” You can read about it here and the only reason to care is that UW will open its season Tuesday against New Jersey Tech in the first round of the NIT at Edmundson Pavilion.
A 42-point loss usually qualifies as more than a “takes” in my book, but then it’s understandable trying to be kind about a New Jersey Tech program in its second year at the I-A level.
As the story details, Manhattan won 70-28 with no NJIT player scoring more than eight points.
On paper, this looms as more of an exhibition game for UW than did the Seattle Pacific contest, and maybe it will serve as the confidence boost UW needs before it would have to play High Point or Utah on Wednesday night.
Both of those teams opened their seasons Friday night.
High Point lost its opener Friday night at Charlotte 61-55.
High Point is regarded as the favorite in the Big South this year. That’s the same league Winthrop won last year.
Charlotte was picked 10th in the 14-team Atlantic 10 Conference.
Utah beat somebody called South Carolina-Upstate 86-52 Friday night. As this story details, SC-Upstate is in its first year of D-I basketball. Utah won easily despite foul trouble to its best player, 7-2 center Luke Nevill, and did so primarily by playing some pretty good defense, holding SC-Upstate to 28 percent shooting. Should it be a UW-Utah final, that could be a real handful for the Huskies.

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