Finally healthy, Lunn ready to help Hens

Ex-McDonogh star starts for Delaware basketball



December 10, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

David Lunn delights in the electricity that runs through the Bob Carpenter Center every time Delaware plays a home basketball game.

But the 6-foot-4 junior guard from McDonogh had to experience the atmosphere mostly from the sidelines two of his first three years at the school. He couldn't stay healthy long enough to stay on the court.

Even in his one so-called healthy season last year when he averaged 7.4 points while starting 21 games and playing in 29, Lunn had to fight off a double hernia and minor knee surgery.

"There were times through all this, I didn't quite know who to turn to," said Lunn. "But my parents and coaches were always there for me."

Now he has blossomed into Delaware's second-leading scorer (13.2 point average) and rebounder (5.4 a game) through the season's first five games. Lunn also has 11 steals and five blocks in five games - all starts - and is shooting 86.5 percent from the free-throw line. He's also hit four of eight three-point attempts.

The Blue Hens are 4-1 entering tonight's home game against Loyola.

Lunn said he has a lot of catching up to do on the basketball court this season and next.

"I have nearly two seasons left to follow my lifelong dream of playing pro basketball," he said. "I need to learn how to take better care of the ball [14 turnovers to nine assists] and improve my basketball IQ."

Lunn's first season was wiped out by right shoulder surgery, and he missed the second half of the next season due to surgery for a broken finger.

Eveleth reaches finals

Penn sophomore wreslter Matt Eveleth (Chesapeake-AA) advanced to the 133-pound finals of the Penn State Open on Sunday before losing to the Nittany Lions' Josh Moore, 10-2.

Eveleth (7-3) was one of six wrestlers to reach the finals for No. 12 Penn, picking up two pins and a decision before earning a shot against Moore.

Eveleth's teammate and brother, junior 141-pounder Jeff (Chesapeake-AA), didn't wrestle at Penn State and remained 1-2.

Junior heavyweight Michael Faust (Gilman) is not wrestling this season for Penn, as he is taking the year off to attempt to earn a spot on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team.

Moore starts fast

Danielle Moore (Bryn Mawr) is shooting 64.1 percent from the field while averaging a team-leading 15.8 points and grabbing a team-high 8.5 rebounds a game for Francis Marion University (4-0) of Florence, S.C.

Moore, a 6-foot sophomore guard, was selected the Peach Belt Conference women's basketball Player of the Week two weeks ago for going on a three-game tear that included career highs of 25 points and 14 rebounds in a 51-45 victory over Eckerd College. That week, Moore averaged 17.3 points and 9.0 rebounds, shooting 65.6 percent from the field.

Et cetera

Lynchburg College sophomore setter/hitter Shannon Burton (Hammond) led the team with 9.19 assists a game and a .319 attack percentage, in addition to recording 2.51 digs a game and 1.31 kills a game. Lynchburg finished 17-13 overall and 7-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.

West Virginia junior wrestler Brandon Lauer (River Hill) will sit out this year as a redshirt after undergoing elbow surgery. He earned All-America honors at 133 pounds last season.

Emory University freshman swimmer Tim Newton (McDonogh) has turned in some of team's top times this season. He has been clocked at 1:47.85 in the 200 freestyle, 4:52.14 in the 500 free, and 10.09.24 in the 1,000 free.

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