Taibi Named D-I Independent Co-Player of the Week
Feb. 28, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - University of Northern Colorado sophomore guard Sean Taibi was named the Division I Independent Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday.
In games against IPFW and Utah Valley State last week, Taibi averaged 21.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 steals per game while hitting 50% (13-of-26) from the field, 58.8% (10-of-17) from 3-point range and 87.5% (7-of-8) from the free throw line. In a 79-61 victory over IPFW, Taibi scored 27 points in 28 minutes of action by matching his career-high by hitting on 7-of-9 3-point attempts. Those seven made 3-pointers pushed his season total to 81, which set a new Northern Colorado single-season record (passing the old mark of 75 held by Sean Nolen). He also dished out five assists in that game, one off his career-high. In the team's season finale versus Utah Valley State, Taibi scored 16 points in 28 minutes of play.
Taibi finished his sophomore season with 84 made 3-pointers, a mark that is currently 25th in Division I. He hit a 3-pointer in all 29 games of the season, becoming the first Northern Colorado player to ever achieve that feat. For his sophomore season, he finished the year by averaging 15.3 points per game (tops on the team) and hit 43.5 percent (84-of-193) of his 3-point attempts.
His award marked the second time this season that a Northern Colorado player has earned the award; sophomore Kirk Archibeque won the award on Jan. 17.
He shared the award with IPFW's Quintin Carouthers while Longwood's Clayton Morgan earned Newcomer of the Week honors.
This season, 10 NCAA Division I Independent men's basketball teams have joined forces to award Player of the Week awards and compile individual and team statistics. 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. Awards are voted on by participating team sports information directors and will be released on each Tuesday of the season.
Complete award winners for the year can be found by logging onto http://uncbears.collegesports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/110705aab.html.