CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Liberty's Alex Falk was named the NCAA Division II national player of the year on Monday and leads the Division II Bulletin All-America team.The award was Falk's third national player of the year honor as he was also tabbed as America's best on the Basketball Times All-America squad and the Daktronics All-America squad. He was also the West Virginia Conference and Atlantic Region player of the year.The senior averaged 21.2 points per game and pushed past the 2,000-point barrier for his career in the Hilltoppers' 75-68 loss to No. 3 Metro State (Colo.) in the Division II Final Four on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.His 2,014 career points rank fourth in West Liberty history and his 764 points and 109 steals this season are both single-season school records.
During Falk's four years and 136 games with the Hilltoppers, West Liberty compiled a 127-9 record. He scored in double figures in 95 of those games, had over 20 points 21 times and broke the 30-point mark four times.
He was joined on the first team by John Allen of Western Washington, Ali Haidar of Michigan Tech, Eric Jean-Guillame of Franklin Pierce, N.H., and Clayton Vette of Winona State.Pitt Johnstown's Nick Novak and Shepherd's Chad Moore each grabbed honorable mention All-America accolades from Division II Bulletin.
Novak led the Mountain Cats in scoring (21.9 points per game), assists (161), steals (63), field goals (232) and free throws (131). He finished 13th in the country in scoring.Moore was eighth in the nation, averaging 22.9 points. He added 9.0 rebounds and 2.52 steals per contest while finishing his career with 2,083 points, good enough for fifth in Shepherd history.