MT Drops Season Finale 89-75

March 1, 2003 · MT Media Relations

DIDN'T TAKE LONG: Tommy Gunn came into this afternoon's contest needing only one point to top 1,000 for his career and he started the Blue Raider offense off with a layup following an offensive rebound. Gunn finished with a game-high 26 points in the game, giving him 20 points or more 11 in his career and six times this season.


MORE ON GUNN: Tommy Gunn was a one-man wrecking crew for the Blue Raiders this afternoon. His 26 points led all scorers, but he also paced the Blue Raiders in rebounds with seven and in assists with four. He has now led the Blue Raiders in scoring 10 times this year, while topping the team's rebounding five times and assists eight times.


DUNKING EARLY: The Blue Raiders finished this afternoon's game with seven dunks, however, the team really took the ball to the hole early in the contest. The Blue Raiders recorded six slams in the first half, including three by Tommy Gunn, who thrilled the crowd with a 360-degree jam to close out the first frame. The Blue Raiders got dunks in the game from Gunn, John Humphrey, William Pippen, Bryant Mitchell, and Demario Watson.


BLUE RAIDER CONTINGENT: Middle Tennessee fans turned out in force for this afternoon's game in Bowling Green. An estimated 500 blue-clad MT fans were on hand for the game. The MT Ticket Office sold out of their allotment of 300 tickets earlier this week.


THIS AND THAT: The Blue Raiders are now 6-3 when scoring 70 or more points ... Tommy Gunn led the Blue Raiders in scoring for the 10th time this season ... MT's last win in Bowling Green came in the finals of the 1982 OVC finals ... MT has ended the last three regular seasons in Diddle Arena ... MT has played at least one regular season game on the floor that will host the Sun Belt Tournament in each of the three seasons that it has been in the league ... MT is now 2-2 this season in televised games ... Keith Connor returned to the lineup today after missing last week's game against FIU.


HEAD COACH KERMIT DAVIS: "I thought Philip Videnov was the difference in the second half. Especially in the first five minutes. He was able to score Western's first 15 points of the half during that span and he took advantage of some defensive breakdowns on our part."


"Patrick Sparks, even though he wasn't nominated, he is the MVP in this league. He's the best player on the best team."

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