STAFFORD, NJ - Mark Valeriani scored 19 points to lead Southern to a 52-52 win over Monmouth in the first round of the Score at the Shore Christmas Classic.  Southern was seventh seed and Monmouth Regional was seeded tenth. 

The game was tied at halftime.  Southern outscored Monmouth 33-23 in the second half to secure the victory.  Thomas Foster added 14 points and four rebounds while Jake DuBois tallied nine points, three boards, three assists and two steals.

Southern's next contest is Tuesday at Class A South power and favorite Toms River North at 6:30 p.m.