Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament: Day 1 of tournament comes to an end at Mohegan Sun Arena

By Zach Baru

UNCASVILLE - After a full day of basketball at the Mohegan Sun Arena, day one 1 of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament came to an end with 4,507 fans on hand.  The attendance reflected the four games played, Purdue-Old Dominion, Florida-St. Joseph's, Vermont-Niagara and Buffalo-North Carolina A&T.

The majority of the fans came out for the Purdue-Old Dominion and Florida-St. Joseph's match-ups.  Since the games were sold as a session to ticket holders, individual game attendances were not available.  The Florida-St. Joseph's game, however, was the highest attended game of the day.

In the final two games of the day, the attendance died off.  Vermont - the only New England team in the tournament - faced Niagara and Buffalo took on North Carolina to end the day of basketball.

While the event was not a sell out, the Mohegan Sun Arena still provided a great atmosphere for the games.  There are not any bad seats in the intimate 9,323-seat arena, a key reason why the venue has won multiple awards for the top arena in the nation.

As day 1 comes to a close at the Mohegan Sun Arena, there is still plenty more action to come tomorrow.  Day 2 begins with the two consolation games in the afternoon, as Saint Joseph's-Old Dominion tip-off at noon and North Carolina A&T-Niagara begins at at 2:30 p.m.

The night session of day 2 includes the championship games, with Florida-Purdue beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Vermont-Buffalo starting at 8 p.m.  The Florida-Purdue game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.  The other three games will be broadcast on ESPN3, which is available on the WatchESPN app or on

That's a wrap from day 1.  Check back tomorrow for coverage of day 2 right here from the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Zach Baru can be followed @zbaru and reached at

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