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Keith Brown poured in 53 points for Endicott, the third-highest single-game total in D-III this season.
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Messiah won on an incredible four-point play in triple overtime, Endicott got 53 points from Keith Brown in a double-overtime win and Ramapo outlasted New Jersey City in overtime. Elsewhere, Wittenberg won at Wooster for the first time in seven years, F&M upended Swarthmore and St. John's kept rolling through the MIAC.

It took three overtimes and a memorable shot to decide a winner as Messiah defeated Albright 101-100.

In a game that saw 10 tie scores and six lead changes, the final one of each came on Messiah's final possession. On the inbounds play, Colin Sareyka leaned into a 3-point attempt on the right wing and was fouled. The shot, more of a shot in the dark as it left the unbalanced Sareyka's hands, banked in to tie the score at 100 apiece with 4.2 seconds remaining. Sareyka made the free throw, and a last-second 3-point attempt from Samuel Majekodunmi couldn't find the mark for the Lions.

Albright, which has lost three straight, had rallied from six points down in the final two and a half minutes of regulation to force overtime. Sareyka, who was just a 65 percent free throw shooter and was 1-for-3 from the line before winning the game at the line, finished the game with a career-high 31 points to go with six assists and seven steals.

Stevens and Hartwick also needed three overtimes to settle their battle. Spencer Cook's bucket with 18 seconds left in the third period gave the Ducks a 106-104 victory over Hartwick. The game had 22 lead changes and 19 ties and Cook finished with 33 points in 45 minutes.

Behind a program record 53 points from Keith Brown, Endicott edged Roger Williams, 114-109, in double overtime. Brown shot 18-for-34 from the floor, 4-of-14 from beyond the arc, and 13-of-17 at the free throw line. Tied 93-93 headed into the second overtime, Brown took over as the sophomore scored 16 of his 53 points in the final five minutes. Brown canned a 3-pointer at 3:45, converted a three-point play at 2:29, and swished another trey at the 1:40 mark to give Endicott a 109-100 lead. Roger Williams fought back with a 7-0 run to make it a one-possession contest with 30 seconds remaining, however, Brown and Rob O'Brien sank five out of six free throws to clinch the victory.

Sam Toney scored 42 points for New Jersey City but it still wasn't enough as Ramapo edged the Gothic Knights 85-84 in overtime. Josh Ford went coast to coast for a layup with 1.7 seconds remaining in the extra period to help the Roadrunners (12-4, 8-1) stay in front of the rest of the NJAC. TCNJ won at Montclair State 92-88 to stay a half-game back of Ramapo.

Tenth-ranked Wittenberg improved to 15-0 as Jacob Bettemes scored a game-high 22 points and Jordam Pumroy added 21 in an 86-75 win at Wooster. The game was played in front of 2,427 fans at Wooster's Timken Gymnasium. The Tigers shot 15-for-26 from the floor in the second half, as well as 17-for-21 from the foul line. The win snapped an eight-game winning streak for the Scots (11-4, 5-3 NCAC).

No. 13 UW-Oshkosh hit 10 three-pointers on its way to a 67-58 win over No. 7 UW-River Falls. Falcons All-American Alex Herink had 10 rebounds, but only seven points on 2-for-8 shooting. Matt Oestreich's jumper with three seconds left was the difference in UW-Platteville's 63-62 win over UW-La Crosse. Platteville, Oshkosh and Whitewate remain a game behind UW-Stevens Point in the WIAC standings since the Pointers took care of UW-Eau Claire 70-61.

No. 22 Franklin and Marshall slowed No. 9 Swarthmore's roll through the Centennial Conference as the Diplomats beat the Garnet, 74-68. J.C. McGrath and Justin Kupa keyed a 9-0 run midway through the second half that gave the Diplomats an insurmountable 15-point lead. McGrath posted a double-double (24 points, 11 rebounds) and Brandon Federici added 28 points for Franklin and Marshall (13-2, 7-1). Two players fouled out and four others finished with four fouls for Swarthmore (13-2, 7-1).

No. 15 St. John's finished a good week with another road win, this time beating Augsburg 85-75. Jubie Alade scored 21 points off the Johnnies' bench and St. John's shot 50 percent from three (10-for-20). The Johnnies (12-1, 8-0) have at least a three-game lead in the loss column on the rest of the MIAC. No. 8 York (Pa.) stayed unbeaten with a 79-69 win at home over Christopher Newport. All five starters reached double-figures for the Spartans (15-0, 8-0) who snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Captains.

Tufts couldn't maintain the momentum off Friday night's come-from-behind win at No. 4 Williams. No. 16 Middlebury beat the Jumbos 78-63 behind a 16-point, seven-rebound performance from Jack Daly. The Panthers held Tufts to 24 percent shooting (9-for-37) in the second half. No. 14 Wesleyan continued its up-and-down season with a 70-66 win at Amherst. The Cardinals had lost three of four before Saturday's game since starting the season 9-0.

Wheaton (Ill.) also couldn't build on a big win, as the Thunder followed Wednesday night's win over Augustana with a 75-66 loss to North Central (Ill.). Aston Francis scored 31 points for Wheaton, but none in the final eight minutes when the Cardinals rallied for the victory. Alex Sorenson had a double-double for North Central (11-4, 5-2). Illinois Wesleyan edged North Park 76-75 and took over first place in the CCIW, despite Colin Lake scoring 46 points and going 9-for-12 from behind the arc for the Vikings.

Emory and Henry and Randolph-Macon remained spotless in ODAC play. The Wasps (14-1, 6-0) got a combined 45 points from Colin Molden and Tharon Suggs in an 86-75 win at Hampden-Sydney. Randolph-Macon (12-3, 6-0) used a balanced attack with five double-digit scorers to beat Washington and Lee, 84-75.

Buena Vista missed two potential game-tying shots in the final four seconds and Loras escaped with an 82-80 win over the Beavers. Leading 82-70, Loras fouled Thomas Wisecup with four seconds left. Wisecup made the first and missed the second, hoping his teammates would grab the rebound. Adam Juhl got the rebound for Buena Vista but missed a jump shot. Timothy Jeffries grabbed the offensive rebound but he also missed a jump shot. Will McClaughry and Matt Dacy-Seijo scored 15 points each off the bench for Loras (12-4, 5-2).

Monmouth made all seven of its free throws in overtime and the Scots tripped up St. Norbert 70-67. The Green Knights slip to 12-3, 7-1 in the Midwest conference while Monmouth improves to 9-6, 6-2. 

Grinnell got the program's 1,000th win on Friday night, and it didn't take long for win 1,001 either, as the Pioneers won 106-98 at Beloit. Vinny Curta led Grinnell with 32 points, paced by 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw line. Sean Cullinane went 7-for-10 from 3-point range on his way to 23 points in the win.