SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) -- 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 defending regular-season champion of the American East Conference, didn't make it easy. Bryan Dougher had a 3-pointer bounce off the rim with about 2 seconds 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 eighth-seeded Seawolves (22-10). Marcus Rouse added 13, and Dougher had 12.
The game was the Pirates' first non-exhibition contest at tiny Walsh Gymnasium (2,600 seats) since a 2000 game against Norfolk State.
Seton Hall will play UMass in the second round.
MASSACHUSETTS 101, MISSISSIPPI STATE 96, 2OT
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Chaz Williams scored 28 points, Sean Carter added 20 and Massachusetts outlasted Mississippi State 101-96 in double overtime in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
UMass (23-11) outscored the Bulldogs 11-6 in the second overtime. Williams shot 11 of 20 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.
UMass took a 72-68 lead with 2:48 remaining in regulation, but MSU's Arnett Moultrie hit a turnaround shot and later sank two free throws with 41.1 seconds left to tie it at 72. The Bulldogs had a chance to win in regulation, but Dee Bost's 12-foot runner in traffic missed as time expired.
Moultrie scored a career-high 34 points and Bost added 20.
Mississippi State (21-12) lost seven of nine in the final month of the season.
TENNESSEE 65, SAVANNAH STATE 51
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jarnell Stokes scored 13 points and top-seeded Tennessee beat Savannah State in its NIT opener.
Trae Golden had 11 points, and Yemi Makanjuola and Josh Richardson both added 10 for the Volunteers (19-14), who will host fourth-seeded Middle Tennessee or fifth-seeded Marshall in Knoxville in the second round.
Tennessee led by as many as 17 in the first half, but Savannah State took advantage of sloppy play by the Vols early in the second half to pull within 37-35 with 13:12 to play.
Makanjuola blocked a shot, grabbed the rebound and dished the ball to Golden, who hit a layup at the other end, sparking an 8-0 run. The Vols hit 12 of 18 free throws in the second half to maintain control.
Rashad Hasaan scored 20 points to lead the eighth-seeded Tigers (21-12).
IOWA 84, DAYTON 75
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Freshman forward Aaron White scored a career-high 25 points, sophomore Zach McCabe tied a career high with 20 and seventh-seeded Iowa rolled past No. 2 seed Dayton.
Melsahn Basabe added 15 points for the Hawkeyes (18-16), who will play at either LSU or Oregon in the second round.
Iowa, which was playing in its first postseason tournament game in six years, broke open a tie game with a 16-3 run midway through the second half to go ahead 65-52.
Kevin Dillard had 23 points for Dayton (20-13), the 2010 NIT champion.
Though the Flyers were the higher seed, the game was played in Iowa City because Dayton's home arena was hosting the NCAA tournament.