Tuesday wrap: Little East battles

Ryan Martin and Keene State have a tremendous home-court advantage. But the Owls put up a big win on the road on Tuesday night.
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Keene State and Western Connecticut knocked off ranked Little East counterparts, while No. 20 Augustana had its way with No. 22 Wheaton (Ill.) on Tuesday night.

Keene State moved back into a tie for first place in the Little East Conference, defeating No. 18 Eastern Connecticut on the road 64-56. Ryan Martin scored a game-high 13 points for the Owls, who improved to 13-4, 7-1 in the league. Eastern Connecticut lost its first conference game. Western Connecticut overcame Mike Akinrola's career-high 36 points as DaQuan Brooks scored 35 to lead the Colonials past No. 24 Rhode Island College 93-87.

Brian DeSimone scored 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting, including 4-for-4 from three-point range as the 20th-ranked Vikings rolled over the No. 22 Thunder 70-46. Wheaton's Tim McCrary was held to 10 points. No. 21 Illinois Wesleyan and North Central (Ill.) each won to remain tied for first in the CCIW.

Ryan Chambers scored 25 points and Osanto Marc added 21 of his own as Regis (Mass.) defeated Mitchell 80-76 in double overtime. Three Hartwick players scored in double figures as the Hawks held on for a 68-66 win against Stevens, helping force a four-way tie for first in the Empire 8 with Stevens, Ithaca and Nazareth. Nazareth put away archrival St. John Fisher thanks to a 29-4 run that overlapped halftime in an 85-67 win. St. John Fisher Rob Kornaker was ejected early in the second half.

Tuesday's women's action

St. Lawrence improved to 8-0 in the Liberty League, outlasting Skidmore 55-52 on the road in overtime. St. Lawrence took the lead for good on a Kelly Legg layup early in the extra period and Skidmore was never able to get closer than two for the remainder of the game before being forced to foul. Legg hit the front end of a one and one to push the lead to three before missing the second with six seconds left, giving the Thoroughbreds a desperation look that didn't fall.

Sarah Seipp hit back-to-back layups late in the second half to help Virginia Wesleyan to a 67-58 win at Washington and Lee. The Marlins won their 14th game of the season and improved to 11-1 in the ODAC. Catholic rolled out to a 33-11 lead halftime lead and rolled over once-proud TCNJ 59-37 in a non-conference game. The Lions fell to 13-7. Katarina Owunna scored a game-high 15 points for the Cardinals, who improved to 14-4, while holding TCNJ to 24 percent shooting.