Live updates: Paradise Jam first round

George Mason held off Mercy, 52-49, in the first game of the Paradise Jam to keep hopes of a 2006 Elite Eight rematch alive.

That’s pretty far down the road, though. UConn and George Mason, on opposite sides of the bracket, would meet in the title game if both win out.

UConn is set to tip at 6:30 EST (an hour later here). In the meantime, some observations from the University of Virgin Islands.

*As awkward as the Atlantis setting was last year (it was a converted theater with awfully dim lighting), I loved it. I’m a big fan of the small-gym, fans-on-top-of-the-court atmosphere. So the arena at the University of Virgin Islands suits me just fine. I think it’s really cool to see a higher-major college team like UConn play in a high school setting. For you local people, the facility reminds me of a slightly bigger version of Newtown High’s gymnasium.

*The view from outside ain’t too bad, either.

*UConn coaches are here scouting the New Mexico/Illinois-Chicago game. The players arrived towards the end of the

*If you’re trying to figure out what the hell CBS Sports Network is, here’s a link to help you find it.