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Men's Basketball Prepares for A-Sun Tourney
Courtesy: Stetson University  
Release:  02/28/2007
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Gabe McMillen leads Stetson into this weekend's A-Sun Tournament.
by: Steve Simoneau
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(DeLand, Fla.) The Stetson University men’s basketball team will try to play spoiler in this weekend’s Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.  The Hatters enter as the #8 seed and will play the top seed and host school East Tennessee State Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. 


Stetson (11-19, 6-12) is making back-to-back trips to the A-Sun Tournament for the first time since 2000 and 2001.  Last year the Hatters reached the semi-finals with a 54-44 win over Florida Atlantic before bowing out to eventual tournament champ, Belmont. 


East Tennessee State (22-8, 16-2) will be trying to accomplish a rare and difficult feat beat a team three times in the same season.  The Bucs topped the Hatters 75-61 at the Edmunds Center in early December and cruised to an 84-49 victory last Thursday in Johnson City. 


The Hatters are led by senior Gabe McMillen.  As Stetson’s only senior, McMillen has scored at a career-best rate of 11.0 points per game while leading the team in assists (94), steals (58) and minutes (896).  On Thursday he will become the school’s all-time leader in games played (117) and currently ranks sixth on the school’s career steals list (147).  He will need 15 assists during the tournament to crack the Hatters Top 10 list in that category. 


Garfield Blair has been Stetson’s top scorer this year.  The sophomore is averaging 13.0 points per game while shooting 49.2% from the floor and leading the team with 5.6 rebounds per game.  Kris Thomas is Stetson’s only other double-figure scorer at 10.0 and he tops the club with 40 three-point baskets. 


ETSU is paced by A-Sun Player of the Year Courtney Pigram.  The sophomore guard put in 17.2 points and 3.9 assists per game.  He was second in the conference with 2.6 steals per contest.  All-conference center Brad Nuckles averaged 11.4 points and 8.0 rebounds.  The Bucs have won 14 of their last 15 games. 


The winner of Thursday’s contest will play in the semi-final game Friday night at 7:00 p.m.  The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN 2.  Thursday’s and Friday’s games can be viewed via webcast through and Stetson’s audio broadcast will be available through  

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