Tuesday, March 28, 2006

MARTIN PICKS UP ALL-REGION HONORS FROM NABC, ECAC

MEDFORD – Tufts University Men's Basketball senior tri-captain and center Dan Martin (Sandwich, MA/Phillips Andover) was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Northeast Region First Team and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Division III All-New England Second Team for his stellar performance during the 2005-06 season.

During the 2005-06 season, the 6'8", 225-pounder started all but one game while averaging 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks as the Jumbos go-to guy. For the season, Martin collected 11 double-doubles to go along with 497 total points and a superb .564 field goal percentage (184/326) which both led the team. Martin also averaged over 27 minutes a game for the Jumbos.

On November 22, Martin led his team with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in a thrilling 72-71 victory over Springfield College which put the Jumbos on a four-game winning streak. Then again on January 3, Martin led his team to victory posting a double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds in a 66-61 win against the MIT Engineers. To his credit, Martin was named ECAC Division III Co-Player of the Week for his play in victories over MIT and Babson. However, his career highlight was on January 31, amassing a season- and team-high 35 points and five rebounds in a 95-80 victory over Western Connecticut during a season-high eight-game win streak.

For the Jumbos, the highlight of the season was the making it to the NCAA Division III "Sweet Sixteen" appearance despite a heartbreaking loss in the game to Amherst College, 90-85. Tufts finished the season 23-7 overall and 6-3 in conference play to cap their best season in recent years.

Martin started his career in the 2002-03 season as a freshman with 2.9 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. As a sophomore in 03-04, Martin boosted his averages to 8.0 and 4.6, respectively. Then again he raised his averages as a junior in the 04-05 season to 9.0 points and 6.8 rebounds. For his career, Martin finished just under 1000 points with 974 total points, averaging 10.2 points, 5.4 rebounds a game.

In his senior season, Martin was also selected to the All-NESCAC First Team, the D3Hoops.com All-Northeast Third Team as well as being named NESCAC Player of the Week twice for his dominating play in the paint for Tufts.

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