April 13, 2006
Men's Basketball Names 2006 Postseason Awards
MARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University men's basketball team held its annual postseason awards ceremony Tuesday night and five team awards were handed out. Redshirt freshman Hunter Henry (Lenexa, Kan.) was the "Sixth Man," senior Addae Houston (Dallas, Tex.) was the "Most Improved," junior Mose Howard (Omaha, Neb.) shared the "Most Valuable Player" award with senior Xzavier Gaines (Grandberry, Tex.) , senior Austin Meyer (Blue Springs, Mo.) won the "Borch" award and junior Reggie Robinson (Chicago, Ill.) won the "Hardest Worker" award.
The "Borch Award" is named after Chris Borchers, a 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.
* Hunter Henry - 6-8 forward from Lenexa, Kan. "Sixth Man Award"
Henry finished second on the team in field goal percentage (.609) and fourth in rebounding (4.1). He posted seven games of 10 or more points including five of the final eight contests. His best scoring output came in the upset win over #7 Southwest Baptist (Feb. 18) when he poured in 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting. After sitting out 2004-05 for his redshirt season, Henry led the team seven times in blocks and five times in rebounding.
* Addae Houston - 6-2 guard from Dallas, Tex. "Most Improved Award"
Houston totaled 17 games of 10-plus points including two games in the playoffs. He set a season-best 21 points with six 3-pointers in the Regional Championship against Tarleton State. The point guard known for his defensive quickness led the team five times in steals this year.
* Mose Howard - 6-2 guard from Omaha, Neb. "Co-MVP Award"
Howard ranked first on the team in several offensive categories including scoring (13.5 ppg), assists (95), 3-pointers (62) and games of double-digit scoring (26). In the MIAA, Howard was 10th in scoring, seventh in assists and second in steals (2.16/game). Earlier in the year, the transfer from UMKC rattled off 14 straight games of 10-plus points - the best streak in 2 seasons for a Bearcat. Earning recognition on the Honorable Mention All-MIAA Team and All-MIAA Defensive Team, Howard posted a career-best 23 points against Emporia State (Feb. 8). Howard recorded eight steals against Baker (Nov. 19), which was two shy of the league record and tied a school highwater mark.
*Xzavier Gaines - 6-4 guard from Grandberry, Tex. "Co-MVP Award"
After transferring from Syracuse University, Gaines made an immediate impact in the MIAA in his first season as a Bearcat. Finishing second on the team in scoring (13.2), Gaines ranked in the top 15 in the league in three-point percentage (38.7), three-pointers per game (1.87) and points. He was a starter in 30 games and went for a career-high 31 points at Emporia State - the best scoring total for a Bearcat in two seasons. Despite having an eye injury, Gaines went over 10 points in 24 of his contests. Gaines earned Second Team All-MIAA honors and was named to the South Central Regional All-Tournament Team. He was honored as MIAA Player of the Week (Feb. 13).
* Austin Meyer - 6-7 forward from Blue Springs, Mo. "Borch Award"
A four-year varsity letterwinner, Meyer ended his career with 1,294 career points, good for sixth place at Northwest. He holds the Northwest career 3-pointers record with 215 and attempts of 565. The Blue Springs graduate ranked in the top 10 in two league categories: three-point percentage (34.9) and 3-pointers per game (1.87). The two-time honorable mention all-conference selection went for his fourth career double-double with a personal-high 30 points and 13 rebounds at No. 11 Central Missouri (Dec. 31). Meyer played in 125 career games with 89 starts. With his career-best 30 points against Central Missouri, Meyer's 12 made field goals tied him for eighth-best all-time and 22 field goal attempts tied for fourth most. Last season against Clarke (Dec. 12), he tied the school record with eight 3-pointers made. He finished his career with 62-10 point games including 13 over 20 points; four games over 10 rebounds and four double-doubles.
* Reggie Robinson - 6-2 guard from Chicago, Ill. "Hardest Worker Award"
Robinson finished the season with a 2.7 assists average and led the club 13 times in dimes. The transfer from Cincinnati State Community College set a career-high with 21 points on 10-of-11 free throws against Texas A&M-Kingsville (Dec. 16). He was one of three players to go over 20 points on two occasions after he went for 20 his Northwest debut against Rockhurst (Nov. 18).
Northwest advanced to the Sweet 16 losing in the South Central Region Championship to Tarleton (Tex.) State on March 14. The Bearcats finished 22-10 overall and will lose three players to graduation.
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