March 3, 2008
Withers, Henry Earn All-MIAA Honors
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior center Matt Withers and junior forward Hunter Henry were named second-team All-MIAA men's basketball players as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches and announced Monday.
Conference champion Southwest Baptist had three players earn all-conference honors. Northwest was only other program with two honorees. Five players were named to the first- and second-teams, respectively.
Withers is one of three All-MIAA selections to also be named to the league's All-Defensive Team. Pittsburg State's Cory Abercrombie and Southwest Baptist's Matt Rogers were the other two. Abercrombie was named the MIAA's Most Valuable Player. Rogers was named the league's Defensive Player of the Year.
Missouri Southern swept the other two major awards handed out. Guard Skyler Bowlin was named Freshman of the Year. Robert Corn was named Coach of the Year after taking a Lion team picked to finish last in the league to a tie for third place in the conference standings.
Northwest senior guard Andy Peterson was one of eight MIAA players to earn honorable mention honors. Peterson was the fourth-most accurate 3-point shooter in the league at 44.7 percent. He averaged 10.7 points per game this season.
Henry, last season's Most Valuable Player, leads the Bearcats in both scoring and rebounding this season. He averaged 13.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in conference play, which ranked 12th and seventh in the league, respectively.
Withers is the most accurate shooter in the MIAA at 60.5 percent. He shot 62 percent in league play while averaging 11.8 points and six rebounds per game. He became Northwest's most accurate shooter of all-time earlier this season.
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