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RIC Wins Little East Championship

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Providence, R.I.-Senior guard Tahrike Carter (Brooklyn, NY) scored 13 points and was named the Most Outstanding Player as top-seeded Rhode Island College defeated third-seeded Keene State, 60-53, in the Championship Game to claim the 2013 Little East Conference Tournament title.


The Anchormen (25-3) will advance to the NCAA Div. III Men's Basketball Tournament for the seventh consecutive season and win the league's tournament for the fifth time (2013, '11, '10, '08, '07). Rhode Island College, which went 3-0 in the league tourney, had clinched the Little East Regular Season Championship for the sixth time (2013, '11, ‘10, '09, ‘07, ‘05) with a 13-1 league mark this winter.

RIC defeated eighth-seeded UMass Dartmouth, 62-58, in the first round on Feb. 19 and fourth-seeded Southern Maine, 61-47, in the semifinals on Feb. 22 prior to this afternoon's victory.


The win over the Owls (17-11) marked the fifth time in the last seven years the Anchormen have put an end to Keene's tournament run. Rhode Island College also defeated KSC in the championship game in 2007, while winning in the semifinals 2011, '09 and '08.


Carter added six rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal.  In the three games of the tournament, he averaged 12. 3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals per contest. He also shot 50 percent (14-for-28) from the field.


In today's win, junior guard Nyheem Sanders (Pawtucket, RI) pitched in with 13 points and four rebounds. Sophomore forward Chris Burton (New Rochelle, NY) had 12 points and a game-high eight steals.

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