ednesday, March15, 2006

Dan Martin selected to All-Northeast Third Team

MEDFORD – Bob Sheldon, who directed the 2005-06 Tufts University men's basketball team to a school-record 23 wins and to the first NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" berth in team history, has been selected as the D3Hoops.com Northeast Region Coach of the Year.

Senior tri-captain Dan Martin (Sandwich, MA/Phillips Andover), the inside force who led Tufts in scoring, was picked to the All-Northeast Third Team.

With its 23-7 finish, the Jumbos surpassed the 22-4 record of the 1972-73 team coached by Tom Penders for the most victories in a season during the 102-year history of Tufts basketball. Magnifying the accomplishment is that just two seasons ago in 2003-04, Sheldon's Jumbos finished 8-17 for the worst record at Tufts since the 1970-71 squad went 1-17.

The Jumbos posted their second straight runner-up finish for the regular-season in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 6-3 mark. They advanced to the conference championship game and lost at Amherst, 94-86 in overtime. The Lord Jeffs would get the Jumbos in overtime again, eliminating them in the "Sweet 16" round of the NCAA Tournament, 90-85. Amherst guard Andrew Olson hit an improbable three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime, or else Tufts would have advanced to the "Elite Eight."

Sheldon is in his 18th season coaching the Jumbos. He is the program's all-time leader in victories with a 273-180 record. He has taken the program to three NCAA Tournaments. A 1977 graduate of Saint Lawrence University, Sheldon was assisted this season by Chris Harvey, Reggie Hobbs and Matt Malone.

Martin, named to the All-NESCAC First Team this season, is ranked among the top 10 in several categories. His 17.1 points per game are fifth in NESCAC, his 6.9 rebounds per game sixth, his 1.03 blocks per game sixth and his .564 field goal percentage is fourth. A dominating post presence at times, he went to the foul line 179 times (6.17 free throw attempts per game) and made 129 for a .721 percentage.