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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 13, 2005

Men's Basketball Names Postseason Awards

MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University men's basketball team held its annual postseason awards ceremony last week and five team awards were handed out. Senior Travis Gardner was the "Sixth Man," senior Byron Jackson was the "Hardest Worker," junior Austin Meyer was the "Most Valuable Player," redshirt freshman Andy Peterson was "Most Improved," and senior Brandon Rold was given the "Chris Borchers Award."

The "Chris Borchers Award" is named after the four-year player (1998-2002) who was known for his hard work, positive attitude, his character on and off the court and loyalty to the Bearcat program.

Gardner, a 6-2 guard from Plymouth, Minn., was known for his play off the bench. He appeared in 29 of a possible 30 games. He hit the game-winning 25-foot three-pointer with 19 seconds left in the 58-57 win at Missouri Western on Feb. 25. In the MIAA Tournament Semifinal against Southwest Baptist, Gardner notched a career-best 17 points. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.2 rebounds in 14.9 minutes this season.

Jackson, a 6-5 forward from Phoenix, Ariz., made his presence known in the paint as he finished his two-year career with 414 rebounds, just 25 shy of the school's two-year record. Playing in all of the possible 63 career games at Northwest, Jackson averaged 6.1 points and 5.0 rebounds in 17.8 minutes in 2004-05.

Meyer, a 6-8 forward from Blue Springs, Mo., was an Honorable Mention All-MIAA performer after he led the club in scoring (13.3), rebounding (5.4), three-pointers (71), steals (34) and blocks (12). He stands just 10 three-pointers shy of the school's all-time record and needs just 45 points in his senior season to reach the 1,000-point career plateau.

Peterson, a 6-4 forward from Trenton, Mo., excelled before he tore his MCL (right knee) vs. Southwest Baptist, Jan. 29. Before his setback, he appeared in 17 of 21 games and was second on the team in field goal percentage (.527). He hit for eight or more points in four of his last five games before injuring his knee. On the year, he averaged 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 13.5 minutes.

Rold, a 6-9 forward from Elk Horn, Iowa, tallied career-highs in points and rebounds in this his fourth season at Northwest. In 5.8 minutes of play, Rold averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds. A four-time MIAA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll selection, Rold appeared in 37 career games.

Northwest, who loses six seniors due to graduation, went 19-11 and ended the season in the MIAA Tournament.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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