PLYMOUTH, NH - A freshman on the Plymouth State College men's basketball team has been selected Little East Conference Rookie of the Week, and for the third time this month and the sixth time this season, the Panthers' leading scorer has been honored by the conference for his outstanding play.
Freshman guard Dan Craig (Chelmsford, Mass.) was selected the LEC's top rookie, and junior forward Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH) was named to the LEC Weekly Honor Roll despite PSC's losing streak reaching six games. It is the first weekly honor this season for Craig, while Martinez was the LEC Player of the Week once last month and has been on the Weekly Honor Roll five other times this season.
A 5'7" freshman, Craig averaged 11.0 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals for the Panthers last week. He scored 11 points in both outings, shooting 44.4 percent from the field (8-of-18). The rookie point guard handed out seven assists and made just three turnovers in 58 minutes. He is tied for second on the team in scoring with 9.8 ppg.
A 6'3" forward, Martinez has been PSC's top scorer in the last six games and 15 times in 18 contests this season. He has scored at least 20 points in his last five outings, including a 24-point effort last Thursday in a 81-80 overtime loss to Southern Maine, and a 21-point performance in Saturday's 67-63 setback to Western Connecticut.
Martinez averaged 22.5 points and 10.0 rebounds last week while shooting 50 percent from the field (19-of-38). PSC was unable to stop its losing streak, dropping a 81-80 overtime decision to Southern Maine and a 67-63 verdict to Western Connecticut.
Plymouth State, 9-9 overall and 3-6 in the LEC under coach John Scheinman, plays a non-conference home game Monday (Jan. 31) against Castleton State (7 p.m.) before hitting the road for LEC contests Saturday (Feb. 5) at Rhode Island College (3 p.m.) and next Tuesday (Feb. 8) at Keene State (7:30 p.m.).
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