The New Jersey men's basketball team defeated Southern Maine Community College in the first round of the SMCC Tip Off Tournament by a score of 71 to 65. The Knights fell behind early, 8-0,  before going on an 11-3 run to tie the score.

The Knights then dominated the rest of the half to take a 40-31 halftime lead. They would increase their lead in the second half to 13 points, but the SeaWolves wouldn't go away quietly and the game was close throughout the second half with the Knights holding them off at the free throw line to start their season 1-0.

The Knights were led by freshman guard Dukens Germain (Columbia/Maplewood, NJ) who finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 steals. Senior guard Gary Williams Jr. (Marist/Jersey City, NJ) came off the bench to score 12 points, nine of which came from the free tthrow line, and sophomore center Terah Mingo (Kearny Christian Academy/Newark, NJ) added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Knights.

The Knights face Central Maine Community College today at noon.