Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament: Day 2 begins with close, competitive consolation games

By Zachary Baru

UNCASVILLE - Don't let the word "consolation" fool you about the first two games of day 2 in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.  The games were nothing short of competitive and extremely close throughout the afternoon.  Saint Joseph's captured a 66-64 win over Old Dominion and Niagara edged North Carolina A&T 73-72 at the Tip-Off Tournament's consolation games in Uncasville, Connecticut.

As the majority of the crowds are not expected until later in the day, the crowds for the consolation games were on the lighter side.  But that certainly did not mean the crowds were quiet, as the tight games and the intimacy of the Mohegan Sun Arena made for an extremely enjoyable atmosphere.

As game 2 winded down, Niagara stole the lead from North Carolina A&T, and the Niagara fans let their presence be known.   A good amount of Niagara fans made the trip to Mohegan, as fans from all sections erupted when Niagara captured the lead late in the second half.

The full day of basketball continues at 5:30 p.m. for game 3, when Florida faces Purdue in the Naismith Bracket championship game.  This game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.  Like all games, the game can also be seen live on ESPN3, available on the WatchESPN app and on

The tournament will wrap-up with the Springfield Bracket championship game when Vermont takes on Buffalo at 8 p.m.

Check back for updates of the action from the Mohegan Sun Arena as day 2 of the Tip-Off Tournament continues.

Zach Baru can be followed @zbaru and reached at

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