PLYMOUTH, NH - For the fifth time this season, the leading scorer on the Plymouth State College men's basketball team has been honored by the Little East Conference for his outstanding play.
Junior forward Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH) was named to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll despite PSC going winless in three games last week. Martinez was the LEC Player of the Week once last month, and has been on the Weekly Honor Roll four other times this season.
A 6'3" forward, Martinez was PSC's top scorer in all three games last week, scoring at least 23 points in losses to Keene State, Endicott and Eastern Connecticut. He tallied 23 points in each of the first two outings, and added a season-high 27 points in the double overtime setback to ECSU. Martinez shot 66.7 percent from the floor (26-of-39), including a 10-of-13 effort against Keene State, and he connected on 73.1 percent from the line (19-of-26).
Martinez, who has led PSC in scoring in 13 of 16 games this season, continues to be one of the top players in the conference. He is averaging 19.8 points (second in the LEC) and 7.6 boards (seventh), while shooting 53.6 percent from the floor (fourth).
Plymouth State, 9-7 overall under coach John Scheinman, is in a four-way tie for fourth place in the LEC at 3-4, halfway through the conference schedule. The Panthers play two more LEC contests at home this week, hosting Southern Maine (7-8, 4-3) on Tuesday (Jan. 25) at 7:30 p.m. and Western Connecticut (11-6, 3-4) Saturday (Jan. 29) at 3 p.m.
PANTHER NOTES: The Panthers as a team are ranked in a couple of categories in the NCAA Division III national statistics. Through Jan. 16th, Plymouth State is ranked 12th in field goal percentage defense (opponents are shooting 38.7 percent against PSC) and 18th in rebounding margin (+7.5 rpg).... Senior forward Shannon Gallagher (Plymouth, MA), who missed five games with a finger injury suffered while working at a lumber yard over the holiday break, returned to action in all three games last week. He played with a heavily bandaged hand, but came off the bench to contribute 18 points, 18 rebounds, three blocked shots and three steals in the three outings.
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