Martelli joins St. Joe's Nelson as Naismith winner

Updated: March 30, 2004, 2:01 AM ET
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ATLANTA -- Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli and Tennessee's Pat Summitt were honored Monday as the Naismith College Basketball Coaches of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

Martelli led the Hawks to a 30-2 season and a trip to the Elite Eight, where Saint Joseph's was beaten by Oklahoma State.

The Lady Vols' hopes, though, are still alive, as they defeated Baylor on Sunday night to advance to the Midwest Regional final. Summitt and her team, who are 29-3 on the season, face Stanford on Tuesday night (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET).

Saint Joseph's and Tennessee were named No. 1 seeds in their respective tournaments this year.

The awards are named in honor of the inventor of basketball, Dr. James Naismith.

Last week, Saint Joseph's guard Jameer Nelson was selected the Naismith College Player of the Year, along with Diana Taurasi of Connecticut, who won for the second year in a row.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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