WEST LONG BRANCH - Monmouth University kicked off the college basketball season today with an early morning game.

The Hawks season opener tipped off at 6 a.m. this morning, part of ESPN?s ?Tip off Marathon.? The team took on the Sea Wolves of Stony Brook.

The Hawks were bested by the Sea Wolves, 51-49. Last year, Monmouth traveled to Jersey City where they were soundly beaten by St. Peter?s.