Jordan Theodore scored 21 points, Herb Pope had 20 and Seton Hall snapped an 11-game losing streak in the NIT by holding off Stony Brook 63-61 Tuesday night.

The win is the first for the top-seeded Pirates (21-12) in the event since 1956.

Stony Brook, the two-time regular-season champions of the American East Conference, didn't make it easy. Bryan Dougher had a 3-pointer bounce off the rim with about :02 to go, and Tommy Brenton had a rebound follow roll off the rim at the buzzer.

Dallas Joyner had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Seawolves (22-10). Marcus Rouse added 13, and Dougher had 12.

In the second round, Seton Hall will play UMass, which beat Mississippi State 101-96 in double overtime.

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