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North Dakota State Bison basketball players Kory Brown hoping he can play tonight at University of North Dakota

FARGO -- Kory Brown still remembers that last time he played at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center against rival North Dakota. He was one of four North Dakota State players who fouled out in a 95-77 loss in Grand Forks."It was a rough game," Brown said...

FARGO - Kory Brown still remembers that last time he played at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center against rival North Dakota. He was one of four North Dakota State players who fouled out in a 95-77 loss in Grand Forks.
"It was a rough game," Brown said of the game in which both teams were whistled for a combined 77 fouls. "That game is something I can't get out of my mind, and I wish that I could."
Since this rivalry was renewed in 2010, the Bison have won their three home games and UND has won its two home games. The Bison have not won in Grand Forks since Jan. 18, 2003.
"That's a long time," said Bison head coach Dave Richman. "We want to right that."
NDSU, which is hoping Brown can play after sitting out the last four games with a shoulder injury, will get its chance tonight when it takes its 5-3 record to Grand Forks to play the 4-4 Fighting Hawks.
Brown, a veteran senior guard from Hoffman Estates, Ill., sprained his left shoulder when he dove for a loose ball during a practice on Nov. 27--one day before the Bison defeated North Carolina A&T at home 77-56. Brown also missed the last three road games in which the Bison lost to Iowa State (84-64), won at Arkansas State (74-73) and lost to Southern Mississippi last Sunday (74-62).
Brown said his shoulder is 100 percent and he is ready to play. Richman said it's day-to-day.
"We need to make some decisions on how much we use him in different situations, in particular out of games because we know he is not going to change the way he plays," Richman said, referring to Brown's energetic play during practice and games. "And I don't want him to change the way he plays. But we need him. We need him hopefully deep into March."
While NDSU has won two of the last four games without Brown, UND is coming off of last Saturday's 65-59 double-overtime win at Bradley. Corey Baldwin, a junior-college transfer from Northeast Oklahoma A&M, led the Fighting Hawks with a career-high 20 points.
For the season, UND is led by junior Quinton Hook of Brooklyn Park, Minn., who averages 16.6 points per game. Cortez Seales, a freshman from Eldridge, Iowa, is averaging 10.1 points while Geno Crandall, a redshirt freshman from Minneapolis DeLaSalle, is averaging nearly 10 points.
"They are a little bit like us ... expect the unexpected," Richman said of a young UND team. "At Bradley, they play with a tremendous amount of energy. That really builds confidence for a young team. They will be ready to go."
The Bison will counter with scoring from Paul Miller, a sophomore from Waukesha, Wis., who averages 19 points and A.J. Jacobson, a sophomore from Fargo Shanley, who averages nearly 14 points. Carlin Dupree, a junior from Milwaukee, averages nearly eight points while Malik Clements, a sophomore from Madison, Wis., is averaging nearly 10 points.
Brown, who along with center Chris Kading is the only senior on the team, was averaging 9 points and 6.5 rebounds before his injury.
"It's probably the worst thing as a player to sit down and watch," Brown said, admitting he and his teammates will be a little more pumped up for tonight's game at UND. "You get more passionate about it. You really want to win the game. You are a little more geeked up."

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