March 1, 2013
Sullivan playing every game like it’s his last
Tipoff: Saturday 3:30 p.m.
Stadium: Bearcat Arena
Radio: Bearcat Radio Network
John Coffey (play-by-play), Matt Gaarder (color);
Heard on on seven stations that covers four states in the Midwest, and on the Internet from the flagship station KXCV.
Rankings (NABC Top 25)
Truman State: NR
Series: Northwest leads the all-time 99-93 as a win would give the Bearcats 100 wins over an opponent for the first time in program history. The game is the 193rd all-time meeting between Northwest and Truman State, however it will be the last as MIAA members. The Bulldogs will join the GLVC next season.
Northwest: Ben McCollum (Northwest '03) 61-46 (4th season)
Truman State: Matt Woodley (Drake '00) 8-20 (2nd season)
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By David Boyce
Two years ago when Alex Sullivan transferred from Lakeland Community College in Ohio, he knew he would be playing away from his family for the first time in his life.
Sullivan, now a senior at Northwest Missouri State, never lost the comfortable feeling of family support.
Before and after games, members of Sullivan’s family called and talked about the game.
Even though his family couldn’t make the trip from Ohio to Maryville to watch most games in person, Sullivan knew they were paying attention.
“They usually contact me before and after the game to let me know how they feel about the game,” Sullivan said. “It feels good to know I have that support back at home.
“They usually watch on the Internet when the web stream is available or they listen on the radio station. They do whatever they can to at least get a play-by-play on what is going on.”
In his final regular-season home game at Bearcat Arena, Sullivan knows his family will be there with him when Northwest takes on Truman State at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Before the game, Sullivan along with senior DeAngelo Hailey, will be honored on senior day for Northwest basketball.
“I will probably feel a lot of excitement,” Sullivan said. “I am really pumped about it. I have my family coming up for it. They have given me support all these years even though they haven’t been able to attend all my games.
“I’m really looking forward to it.”
Sullivan has been one of the reasons for the Bearcats’ success the last two years. He is one of the better three-point shooters in the league. He plays within himself and is part of a very unselfish team.
“We know when to bring it together,” Sullivan said. “We are a strong group and we will pick each other up. It is not a one-player team. We rely on everybody. We push each other and encourage each other to do our best.”
The Bearcats are coming together at the right time. After a three game losing streak, Northwest has won its last three games. They want to conclude the regular season with a fourth straight victory.
Northwest, 18-8 overall and 11-6 in the MIAA, takes on Truman State at 3:30 p.m. at Bearcat Arena. Northwest still has an opportunity to finish in the top four and receive a first-round bye in the conference tournament.
“It is definitely big because of the bye so we can have more time to prepare for Thursday and whoever we play,” he said. “We definitely want to protect home court as well. We want to get this win.”
Sullivan feels good about the way the team is playing again.
“We got it rolling again,” he said. “We are feeling pretty good again. The guys are back in their comfort zone. We went through a little adversity and it brought us closer as a team.”
The Bearcats are now entering the most important stretch of the season.
“It feels like a whole other season going into the tournament,” Sullivan said. “It is a different intensity and emotion, especially since this is my last year. It makes it even bigger knowing you could be eliminated and I can be done as a college player. That’s what we play the game for, to have these types of moments.”
No matter what happens the rest of the season, the time Sullivan has spent in Maryville has been joyous.
“When I came on a visit everybody was nice and welcoming,” Sullivan said. “I really enjoyed what they had to offer. I liked the campus. There are very nice people out here.
“You can walk down the street and somebody driving by will wave at you and you have never seen them before. You get that often. It is just a nice community. The support is amazing.”
Sullivan is majoring in corporate recreation. He is scheduled to graduate in the fall.
“If I don’t get a contract overseas, I’d like to be a coach or a personal trainer,” he said.
Bearcat basketball is the main thing on his mind now.
“I’m playing every game like it is my last,” Sullivan said.
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