March 15, 2006

Taibi Named First-Team D-I All-Independent, Archibeque Makes Second Team

March 15, 2006

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GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado sophomore guard Sean Taibi was named to the 2005-06 Division I All-Independent men's basketball first-team on Wednesday while sophomore teammate Kirk Archibeque earned second-team honors as announced on Wednesday.

Taibi, who was an All-Newcomer selection last year, led Northern Colorado is scoring (15.3), a mark that was fifth among D-I Independent players. He led all independents in 3-pointers made (84), a mark that shattered the Northern Colorado single-season record, and ranked 22nd nationally. His 43.5 percent 3-point percentage was fifth among independent players and Taibi became the first person in school history to hit a 3-pointer in every team game of the season (29). He was excellent from the free throw line, leading all independent players with an 85.1 percentage.

Taibi averaged 16.7 points per game in nine games against D-I Independent competition this season and scored a season and career-high 28 points against Utah Valley State. He had 27 points in a win over IPFW, in a game where he hit 7-of-9 from 3-point range. He scored in double figures in 24-of-29 games in 2005-06 and hit multiple 3-pointers in 22-of-29 contests.

He was joined on the first-team by Player of the Year Chris Daniels of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Newcomer of the Year Ben Woodside of North Dakota State, DeWitt Scott of IPFW and Maurice Sumter of Longwood. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Ronnie Arrow was named Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year after leading the Islanders to back-to-back 20 win seasons, becoming the first independent to accomplish that feat since Notre Dame did in 1987-88 and 1988-89.

Archibeque, who was a first-team selection as a redshirt freshman last year, led Northern Colorado in rebounding for the second consecutive year (7.1), a mark that was fifth among independent players. He was second on the Bears team in scoring (12.9) and hit 52.5 percent of his field goal attempts, a mark that was fifth among independents. Archibeque averaged 13.9 points and 6.7 rebounds in nine games against independents, including matching his career-high of 30 in a game at Texas-Pan American, where he hit 12-of-13 shots from the field.

After having four double-doubles last season, Archibeque doubled that total to eight this season. He scored in double figures in 21 of 29 games and had a stretch during the year when he had 20 or more points in three straight games, becoming the first Northern Colorado player to accomplish that feat in nearly three years.

Archibeque was joined on the second-team by Matt Cadwell of South Dakota State, David Heck of Utah Valley State, Javon Randolph of Savannah State, Andre Smith of North Dakota State and Cedric Smith of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Awards were voted on by Division I Independent head coaches and sports information directors at member schools. The teams are Cal Davis, IPFW, Longwood, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado, Savannah State, South Dakota State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas-Pan American and Utah Valley State.

Northern Colorado finished the 2005-06 season with a 5-24 record. The Bears played four teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament (Air Force, California, Kansas and Oral Roberts) and three squads that were selected to play in the NIT (Lipscomb, Nebraska and Northern Arizona).

This year was the final year of independent play for Northern Colorado, who will join the Big Sky Conference on July 1, 2006.