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Gunn Named National Semifinalist

March 17, 2004 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee senior Tommy Gunn is one of 10 semifinalists for the second annual Creamland Dairies Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence.

Gunn, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard from Syracuse, N.Y., completed his senior season averaging 16.0 points and 5.2 rebounds to lead the Blue Raiders to a 17-12 record and into the semifinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. Gunn also led the team in steals per game (1.6) and scored in double figures in 28 of the team's 29 games.

A first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection for the second year in succession, Gunn was fourth in the SBC in scoring and sixth in steals. He was ranked among the league leaders in nine statistical categories.

"I'm certainly appreciative of the honor and the opportunity to be mentioned in the same regard as the other semifinalists for this award," Gunn said. "There are some outstanding players on the list, as well as outstanding players across the country. To be regarded in that light is rewarding in itself."

Gunn completed his Middle Tennessee career as one of the best all-around performers in program history. He is Middle Tennessee's No. 3 all-time leading scorer (1,528 points), No. 2 all-time in 3-point field goals made (185), No. 2 all-time in steals (156), and No. 4 all-time in blocked shots (54). Perhaps the greatest stat regarding Gunn is the fact the team won more games than the previous season each year during his career.

Gunn is the only Blue Raider to earn first-team All-Sun Belt honors twice, and he was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore. He also was a back-to-back All-SBC Tournament pick.

"Tommy is very deserving of this recognition and of being one of 10 semifinalists for this award," Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis said. "He leaves Middle Tennessee as one of the top five players in the program's history and that's saying a great deal when you look at the history and tradition of Middle Tennessee basketball. He not only was an outstanding player for us on the court, but he's a leader off the court, does his job in the classroom and has been a model citizen in regard to the volunteer work he's done in the community."

Gunn started in 96 of 113 games during his Blue Raider career, and had 84 career games scoring in double figures. He led the team in scoring 36 times and had 18 games with 20 or more points.

The Creamland Dairies Collegiate Basketball Award of Excellence honors college seniors for their athletic and academic achievement, as well as their community involement. The award is in its second year. Former Florida standout Matt Bonner was the first recipient of the award.

The other nine semifinalists include: Timmy Bowers, Mississippi State; Moris Finley, UAB; James Gillingham, Bradley; Adam Hess, William & Mary; Michael Lindeman , Creighton; Adam Mark, Belmont; Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph; Jason Parker, Tulsa; and Jake Sullivan, Iowa State.

Three finalists will be selected during the NCAA men's basketball tournament and announced at the April 13 dinner in Albuquerque, N.M.

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