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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

March 27, 2007

Henry, Sullivan & Tappmeyer Nab More Postseason MBB Honors

MARYVILE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State men's basketball sophomore forward Hunter Henry (Lenexa, Kan.) was recently honored on the 2007 National Association of Basketball Coaches' (NABC) All-South Central Region First Team and the 2007 Division II Bulletin All-America Fourth Team. Freshman Lance Sullivan (Columbus, Ohio) was tabbed on the 2007 Division II Bulletin All-Freshman Team while head coach Steve Tappmeyer was announced as one of 29 coaches on the 2007 Division II Bulletin Coach of the Year list.

Henry finished the season tied for first in the MIAA in field goal percentage (.577), third in scoring (17.6 ppg), fifth in rebounding, (7.5 rpg), and sixth in blocks (1.16). The MIAA Most Valuable Player will enter the 2007-08 season on a 27-game scoring streak of over 10 points -- the second longest since 1992-93 season. He owned nine double-doubles this year including 23 points and 11 rebounds at No. 3 Central Missouri (Jan. 20). He scored a career-high 33 points against Washburn (Feb. 14). The MIAA All-Tournament Team member finds himself in the school's top 10 in single-season scoring (9th), rebounding (8th), blocks (tied-fifth), and field goal percentage (5th). A graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School, Henry won MIAA Player of the Week four times, the most of any conference athlete.

Sullivan earns this honor after becoming the first Bearcat since 1996 to be the MIAA Freshman of the Year. The redshirt freshman ranked second on the team in scoring (11.4), and assists (2.7) and his 52 treys was the most on the club. He ranked 10th on the school's single-season list with 146 3-point attempts and was four mades shy of cracking the Top 10. He topped the 10-point mark 17 times including a career-best 24 points in the win over No. 2 Central Missouri (Feb. 3).

Tappmeyer, who won his fourth MIAA Coach of the Year, took a team that was ranked fifth (tie) in league preseason polls to a share of the league title. Northwest was ranked as high as No. 11 in the NABC Coaches' poll (Jan. 9) and finished the year at No. 17. Particpating in its 11th NCAA Tournament and seventh in the last eight seasons, Northwest won 20 games for the seventh time since the 1999-2000 season.

Northwest ended its season in the second round of the NCAA South Central Region Tournament with a 24-7 record. The Bearcats won their 11th overall MIAA Championship, sharing it with Central Missouri. Northwest is expected to return 12 letterwinners and four starters.

2006-07 Awards for Hunter Henry
* DII Bulletin All-America Fourth Team
* NABC All-South Central Region First Team
* Daktronics All-South Central Region First Team
* MIAA Most Valuable Player
* All-MIAA First Team (unanimous)
* MIAA All-Tournament Team
* MIAA Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 2)
* MIAA Player of the Week (Feb. 5, Feb. 19 & Feb. 26)

2006-07 Awards for Lance Sullivan
* DII Bulletin All-Freshman Team
* MIAA Freshman of the Year
* All-MIAA Second Team
* MIAA Player of the Week (Jan. 29)

2006-07 Awards for coach Steve Tappmeyer
* DII Bulletin Coach of the Year (1 of 29 coaches)
* MIAA Coach of the Year

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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