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Published January 10, 2013, 06:26 PM

Freshman guard Brown making his name on Bison defense

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The NDSU men's basketball team has its highest RPI ranking ever at 46 heading into tonight's game with IPFW, and a major reason why is their defense. It's a freshman leading the way for the Bison.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The NDSU men's basketball team has its highest RPI ranking ever at 46 heading into tonight's game with IPFW, and a major reason why is their defense. It's a freshman leading the way for the Bison.

With every 3-pointer, every dunk, Bison fans have had plenty of reasons to cheer this season. But, it's the work done on the other side of the floor, that has NDSU on top of the Summit League standings. Freshman guard Kory Brown has been the focal point of the terrific defense.

Saul Phillips – NDSU Head Coach: “He is just a tough nut on the defensive end. He competes.”

Kory Brown – NDSU Freshman Guard: “They put me on whoever the best player is, and they tell me to do whatever I can to stop them, so that's what I do.”

That attitude put Brown into the starting lineup on day one, and the freshman has started every game since.

Saul Phillips: “He has surprised me every time he's stepped on the floor. He can really defend, he's played well on the offensive end and mostly, he hasn't made freshman type mistakes.”

Kory Brown: “I did not expect to be in the starting lineup as early as they got me into it or probably this year. But, as soon as I got here they told me you can be a great player out here. You have the talent. You just need to get ready for it.”

Confidence in young players is nothing new for the Bison coaching staff; just look back to last season.

Jody: “True freshman out here, he comes in and gets into the starting lineup. Does that remind you of anyone?”

Lawrence Alexander – NDSU Sophomore Guard: “Yeah, it kind of reminds me of myself.”

Lawrence Alexander averaged nearly 13 points per game in his first season, a number that ranked 2nd on the team. While Alexander has shined on offense, Brown is relishing in a less glorified role.

Lawrence Alexander: “That's something we really needed last year. So, recruiting him was a big deal for us. He's 6'4" with his wing-span almost 6'11". We just really love his energy.”

Kory Brown: “He's like my big brother. When he came in as a freshman he came in with the same feelings I did, but once he stepped on the court it all went away and he was calm on the court and just played his normal game. So, that's what I do.”

With these two youngsters leading the way, the future of Bison backcourt is in pretty good hands.

A win tonight by NDSU would move them into a tie for 1st in the league.

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