Wednesday, March 1, 2006

MARTIN NAMED TO ALL-NESCAC MEN'S BASKETBALL FIRST TEAM

MEDFORD – Senior tri-captain Dan Martin (Sandwich, MA/Phillips Andover) developed into a major post presence for the Tufts University men's basketball team this season and today was named to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team.

With Tufts heading into the NCAA Tournament against Endicott College on Friday night, Martin is currently third in the league with 17.6 points per game. His 458 points in 26 games played this year almost match the total of 477 points that he scored for the Jumbos in his first three seasons. Martin has scored in double-digits for 25 straight starts, including a career-high 35 points at Western Connecticut on January 31.

The 6'8", 225-pound center won two NESCAC Player of the Week awards this season. He was selected on January 9 after averaging 18 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks, 2.5 steals and shooting 55.6 percent (10/18) while leading the Jumbos to a 66-61 win over MIT and a 71-55 victory against Babson. In three wins by the Jumbos in early February, 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.

He averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in nine regular-season conference games. He scored 26 points with 10 rebounds at Bowdoin on January 14, 22 points with 11 rebounds against Williams on January 20 and had 23 points with 10 rebounds in the NESCAC Championship game at Amherst on Sunday (Feb. 26). Eight times overall he topped 20 points this season and is averaging 6.9 rebounds (sixth in NESCAC).

Martin was highly efficient, making 169 of his 293 field goal attempts for a .577 percentage that is third in NESCAC. He got to the free throw line 164 times and made 120 freebies for a .732 mark that is 13th in the league. He also blocks a shot a game to place among the top 10 in NESCAC. His 703 total minutes played are the most on the team.

Martin follows Reggie Stovell as Jumbos voted All-NESCAC First Team in consecutive years. Behind Martin's emergence this year, Tufts has a 21-6 record entering the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Bob Sheldon's team was the NESCAC Tournament runner-up, losing in overtime to #5 in the nation Amherst College in the championship game 94-86.

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