SCHENECTADY – The Union men’s basketball team will take on Wesleyan (Conn.) in the first round of the NCAA Men’s Division III Men’s Tournament at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the University of Rochester.
The Dutchmen (16-10) earned an automatic bid to the 64-team field when they beat Hobart 71-67 in the Liberty League Tournament championship game on Saturday at Viniar Athletic Center.
In the other game, host Rochester will take on Albertus Magnus at 7:30 p.m.. Friday’s winners will meet in the second round at 7 p.m. Saturday, with winner moving on to the Sweet 16.
It’s Union’s first trip to the NCAAs since 2005.
“The excitement is about being in the tournament,” said Union coach Chris Murphy, who was a player on the 2005 team. “We’re actually familiar with Wesleyan. We played them in our Thanksgiving tournament last year. [Wesleyan coach] Joe Reilly with his teams, before with Bates and now with Wesleyan. He’s done a great job in turning them into a NESCAC contender perennially.”
Wesleyan is 19-6.
Two other Liberty League teams, regular-season champion Skidmore and second-place St. Lawrence, also made the tournament.