Posts Tagged ‘Chris Martin’

Let’s Dance! John Holland’s 27 points power the Terriers to a 56-54 win over Stony Brook and a trip to the NCAA’s

Monday, March 14th, 2011

(Photographs courtesy of Steve McLaughlin)

Terrier Nation was elated. Mankind (the wrestler) was devastated.

The best player in the league stepped up in the conference’s biggest game. John Holland powered Boston University to a thrilling 56-54 win over Stony Brook in the final seconds of the America East championship game, and the Terriers punched their ticket to the Big Dance for the first time since 2002.

Boston University took its only lead of the day over Stony Brook with 2.4 seconds left, as Holland calmly sunk two free throws and survived a half court heave to win the America East title. It was an interesting (nail-biting, thrilling, heartbreaking, controversial) end to a memorable title game played on national TV in the league’s best venue in front of a raucous crowd and terrific atmosphere. (more…)

The One-Bid Wonders America East All-Tournament team

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Before last weekend gets too far in the rear-view mirror, here’s our picks for the five best players from last weekend:

Tim Ambrose, G, Albany (24 points on 8-of-14 shooting, four rebounds, four assists vs. Stony Brook)
Albany went out in the quarterfinals, but the Seawolves’ advancement came despite a vintage performance from Ambrose. The Great Danes’ bowling ball of a guard was at his best, combining efficiency and volume in a way that few others can.

Leonard Hayes, G, Stony Brook (11 points on 3-of-5 shooting, two rebounds, one block vs. Albany; 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, six rebounds, two blocks vs. Vermont)
Hayes made 9-of-11 shots from beyond the arc on the weekend and averaged nearly two points per possession used over the course of Stony Brook’s two games. When Vermont cut the Seawolves’ lead to six midway through the second half, it was a Hayes 3 that cut the Catamounts’ momenutum. And even in the postseason, Hayes continues to add elements to his game. Before Saturday, Hayes had not recorded a blocked shot in his career. Now he has three.

John Holland, G/F, Boston University (17 points on 6-of-15 shooting, four rebounds vs. New Hampshire; 16 points on 3-of-10 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals at Hartford)
It says something about John Holland that this weekend’s performances weren’t particularly strong compared to his usual standard and he still makes our All-Tournament team. For most players, a 9-of-10 performance at the line is something noteworthy. For Holland? That’s normal. And sure, he wasn’t dominant, but BU doesn’t win without him.

Chris Martin, G, Stony Brook (18 points on 5-of-8 shooting, six rebounds, five assists vs. Albany; 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting, three rebounds, three assists, one steal vs. Vermont)
You can change your defense. You can bring extra help defenders. You can wreck one of his knees. It doesn’t matter, Chris Martin will still take you off the dribble, barrel down the lane, and convert a layup or draw a foul, or both. He’s like the Terminator, both because of his refusal to quit and because he terminates teams’ seasons. Traveling Stony Brook fans, there’s your new sign idea. Thank me later.

Greer Wright, F, Binghamton (31 points on 11-of-21 shooting, nine rebounds, six assists vs. UMBC; 14 points on 3-of-11 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, one block, one steal vs. Vermont)
Greer Wright’s Thursday night would be a nice weekend for most players. Moussa Camara had a similarly strong weekend as Binghamton broke the AE single-game record for 3-point baskets, but what separated Wright was – and this sounds so unlike everything we’ve ever said about Greer Wright – his ability to help his team beyond just scoring the basketball. Thursday’s performance wasn’t just about shooting, it was a complete game from Wright.

Honorable mentions: Moussa Camara, G, Binghamton; Genesis Maciel, F, Hartford; Anthony Minor, F, Hartford

Refuse to Lose: Martin, Hayes deliver a shocker as Stony Brook stuns Vermont, 69-47

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Photo courtesy of Shane Bufano

In the post game press conference following No. 5 Stony Brook’s surprise 69-47 upset over No. 1 Vermont in the America East semifinals, Seawolf guard Leonard Hayes was asked if he thought good shooting was infectious. That was a question in need of an answer, but when it came to the heart and effort of his teammates, no question was required.

Hayes poured in a game-high 20 points while Chris Martin added 14 and continued to carry an emotional and physical load despite playing on one leg, as the Seawolves shocked top-seeded Vermont and earned a trip to the America East championship game for the first time in school history. (more…)

The show must go on: Chris Martin refuses to lose, powers Stony Brook past Albany, 67-61

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Standing at center court, Chris Martin closed his eyes and reflected back on the past five seasons. Martin thought about the long hours he spent in study halls, the longer sessions he spent in the training room, and the longest car rides of his life. During the past five years, Stony Brook’s bruising guard has been through more personal growth, adversity and tragedy than most will ever experience in their entire lives.

Martin came to campus in the summer of 2006 with such a poor academic background that he was not allowed to practice with the team or even be listed on the official roster. He will graduate in May with a Masters degree. He set foot on the hardwood as a kid who Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell describes as a “talented kid from Christ the King High School who didn’t want to work hard, and I don’t know if he even liked basketball,” and has become a kid who you would have to kill to get off the court. Martin came back from two separate major knee injuries during his senior season to be on the court Saturday. (more…)

Quick hitters

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

One-Bid Wonders writer Sam Perkins takes 5 minutes off from the back roads of the America East to check with some early thoughts on each team from around the conference.

The America East has already been one hell of a roller coaster ride,

Sam Perkins: Always watching over the "AE"

and we’re only a few games into the conference slate. We’ve already seen one lowly-regarded team in Hartford knock off a “contender” on its home court in Maine; another devastating injury to an explosive talent in New Hampshire forward Ferg Myrick; and an early-season battle between two of the top-teams in the conference in Vermont and Albany – a battle from which Vermont emerged as the clear “team to beat.” Here are my thoughts on each AE squad. (more…)