December 12, 2012

COLEGE NOTEBOOK: Martin reaches milestone at Keene

By Gary Hawkins ghawkins@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

and Matt DiFilippo mdifilippo@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

Maranacook graduate Ryan Martin scored his 1,000th career point at Keene State College last week, topping the milestone in less than two-and-half seasons. Martin, who transferred from Division I Maine, is in his final year of eligibility.

This year, he's averaging 16.8 points a game, with a high of 35 against Plattsburgh State. The game, against UMass Boston, in which Martin scored his 1,000th point, was a close one and only briefly halted to acknowledge Martin's accomplishment. Keene State ended up pulling out an 80-76 victory after trailing by as much as 13 in the second half.

"He needed 19 (points to reach 1,000) and we needed every one of his 19," Keene State coach Rob Colbert said.

Colbert said Martin will be honored with a game ball commemorating his achievement at a later game. He's just the fifth player in the school's history to top 1,000 points in three years or less. Colbert said stats and honors -- Martin was a preseason Div. III All-American selection -- matter little to his senior guard.

"I don't think the kid gives a hoot," he said. "He only cares about winning games."

Martin played point guard last season but has moved back primarily to shooting guard. Colbert said Martin is more comfortable at the point but he'll get more scoring chances at off guard.

"Sometimes if you give the ball up it's a while before it comes back to you," Colbert said. "He's a combo. I'd use him at center if he was a little taller."

Martin is 5-foot-9 but is able to excel because of his quick release and high-percentage shooting. In fact, Colbert would like to him to shoot a lot more. He's shoots .522 from the field, .487 from 3-point range and .827 from the foul line. Martin's free-throw shooting is way down. Two years ago he led the nation in foul shooting, going 96.3 percent from the line.

"It's making him crazy," Colbert said. "It's not like they're way off. It's in and outs. We don't make a big deal about it."

The Keene State coach said he doesn't even want to think about the day Martin leaves the program.

"He's the type of kid that comes along once in your career." he said. "He's driven, self-motivated, passionate."

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The local college basketball teams are either on break or have only one more game until January. here's a look at how each of them is faring this season:

Colby women: The Mules have played six games against Maine teams, going 4-2, and also lost to Bridgewater and Roger Williams for an overall 4-4 record. Colby is starting two freshmen, including Hall-Dale grad Carylanne Wolfington, who is averaging 7.8 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game. Diana Manduca leads Colby in points per game (13.9) and assists per game (3.1). Waterville graduate Jen Nale is second on the team in scoring, with 8.8 points per night off the bench. The Mules need to get back injured guard Jacky McLaughlin, who missed the final three games before break.

Colby men: The hard-luck Mules are 2-6, but that record could be as high as 8-0. The Mules' first five losses were all by six points or less. In their most recent setback, a 67-57 defeat at Bates, Colby led by 15 at halftime. Colby doesn't handle the ball especially well and has struggled shooting 3-pointers (23 percent as a team, which is 311th among the 315 Division III teams in the country). But the Mules are doing well in other areas of the game. Freshman Chris Hudnut leads a balanced offense with 10.5 points per game. One note that bodes very well for the future: Colby's seven freshmen are combining to average 42.2 points per game.

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