Monday, February 6, 2006

MARTIN NAMED NESCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND TIME

MEDFORD – For the second time this season, senior tri-captain Dan Martin (Sandwich, MA/Phillips Andover) has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week for men's basketball.

In three wins by the Jumbos last week, Martin averaged 24.7 points per game while shooting 73.5 percent from the floor (25/34). He also went to the free throw line 30 times in the three games and hit at 80 percent with 24 free throws made.

The 6'8" center got the week rolling by scoring a career-high 35 points in a 95-80 victory at Western Connecticut State University on Tuesday (Jan. 31). He scored on 12 of 13 field goal attempts and was 11 for 15 from the free throw line. In Thursday's game against UMass Boston, Martin led the Jumbos with 20 points including 11 in the first half as the Jumbos built a 48-37 lead on their way to a 90-81 victory. On Saturday against Bates, who were tied for first place in NESCAC entering the game, Martin scored 19 points as Tufts ended the Bobcats' 16-game winning streak. He was 7 for 9 from the field and made all five of his free throw attempts.

Martin was also the NESCAC Player of the Week recipient on January 9 after averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and 2.5 steals in two games. Through Saturday's (Feb. 4) games, Martin is fourth in NESCAC in scoring (18.0), tenth in rebounding (6.8), fourth in blocked shots (1.2), third in field goal percentage (.584) and tenth in free throw percentage (.766).

Tufts is 17-4 overall after scoring 91 points and 50.7 percent overall against a Bates team that is ranked first in NESCAC in scoring defense and in field goal percentage defense. The Jumbos have won six straight and finished their regular season at home on the Cousens Gymnasium floor with a 10-1 record. The Jumbos hope to have another home game in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament on Saturday, February 18, but that is still to be determined.

The Jumbos finish the regular season at Trinity on Friday night and at Amherst on Saturday. Both teams are 6-1 in the league and tied with Bates for first place.

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