Manhattan Jaspers head out to play in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

The Manhattan College Men's Basketball team left Tuesday for their first-round NCAA tournament game.

The Manhattan Jaspers are the 12th-seeded team in the East Rutherford Region of the 2004 NCAA tournament. The Jaspers will play the 5th-seeded Florida Gators on Thursday afternoon in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The Manhattan Jaspers are led by two local players, Jason Wingate and Peter Mulligan. Wingate, the starting point guard, won a championship while a senior at Rice High School. Mulligan, who finished third on the Jaspers in scoring and rebounding this season, won a state title while playing for St. Ray's.

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