Tuesday, February 22, 2005

MARTIN NAMED NESCAC BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MEDFORD – With a career-best performance in the first round of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament on Saturday, junior center Dan Martin (Sandwich, MA/Phillips Andover) led the Tufts University men's basketball team to a 99-88 victory over Colby College on Saturday. His effort has earned recognition as the conference's Co-Player of the Week along with Bates College's Rob Stockwell.

Martin posted career highs with 26 points and 15 rebounds against Colby. He was good on 8 of 10 field goal attempts and 10 of 11 free throws while also assisting on three baskets. His previous season highs were 16 points against UMass Boston on January 6 and 13 rebounds against Bowdoin on January 15. The Colby game was his fifth double-double of the year.

With 15 points and five rebounds in the first half, Martin helped the Jumbos to a 39-36 advantage over the Mules. He had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the second half when Tufts pulled away for the victory. He was 7 for 7 at the line as the Jumbos were an incredible 30 for 34 at the charity stripe in the second half. Martin's five straight points helped put the Mules away after they had pulled within nine, 66-57, with 8:26 to play in the second half. The Jumbos led by double figures the rest of the way.

For the season, the 6'8", 225-pounder is averaging 9.1 points and 7.0 rebounds in 22.6 minutes per game for the Jumbos. In 25 games (20 starts), he's shooting 50.5 percent from the floor (97/192), 11th best in NESCAC. He is ninth in the conference in rebounding.

Tufts (16-9), which is enjoying a turn-around season after winning only eight games a year ago, advanced to the NESCAC semi-finals with the win over Colby. They will play Bates College on Saturday at Amherst College. Tip off is scheduled for 4 pm. The Jumbos finished the regular-season second in the conference with a 7-2 mark.

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