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February 21, 2000

More Basketball honors for Martinez as post-season begins

PLYMOUTH, NH - For the eighth time in 10 opportunities this season, the leading scorer on Plymouth State College's men's basketball team has been recognized by the Little East Conference for his strong performance.

Junior forward Tony Martinez (Barnstead, NH) has been selected the LEC Player of the Week after registering a pair of double-doubles in two games last week. It is the second time this season that Martinez has earned the LEC's top weekly honor, along with receiving honorable mention six times.

Martinez led the Panthers in scoring both games last week, a 71-54 victory at Southern Maine and a last-minute 59-57 setback at home to regular season champion UMass Dartmouth. The power forward has led PSC in scoring 20 times in 24 games this season.

A 6'3" post player, Martinez averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds in the two outings, shooting 58.6 percent from the field (17-of-29). He posted his eighth and ninth double-doubles of the season, putting up 21 points and 13 rebounds against USM and adding 19 points and 11 boards against UMD.

The Panthers concluded the regular season tied with Keene State for fifth place in the LEC at 7-7. PSC, 14-10 overall under head coach John Scheinman, is the sixth seed in this week's LEC Tournament, and will travel to third-seeded Southern Maine (11-12 overall, 8-6 LEC) for a Tuesday first-round game (7:30 p.m.). The LEC semi-finals and final are this weekend (Feb. 25-26) at the site of the highest remaining seed, with the conference champion receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

PSC and USM split the regular season series this year, with each team winning on the other's home court. The Huskies edged the Panthers in overtime in Plymouth on Jan. 27th, 81-80, and PSC returned the favor last Tuesday in Gorham, 71-54.

In the LEC pre-season poll, Southern Maine was picked fifth and Plymouth State six by the league's head coaches.

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