UMW News BureauWith 10:52 remaining in the University of Montana Western Bulldog men's basketball game Saturday night against the Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears, Brandon Brown stole the ball, raced to the basket and scored while being fouled. By Lowell Peterson [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="324" caption="Brandon Brown soars to another basket against Carroll College on Friday, Jan. 27, 2012."][/caption] With 10:52 remaining in the University of Montana Western Bulldog men's basketball game Saturday night against the Rocky Mountain College Battlin’ Bears, Brandon Brown stole the ball, raced to the basket and scored while being fouled. The basket, which started a rally against Rocky in a key Frontier Conference matchup, gave Brown 1,500 points scored in his Bulldog career. Brown would go on to score six more points as Montana Western (6-1, 18-5) rallied to defeat the Battlin’ Bears 74-66 and remain tied for first place in the conference. Brown led the Bulldogs with 24 points and added to the 29 he scored the night before in a victory over Carroll College, giving him 1,506 total points at Montana Western. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to coach Brandon these past three years,” head coach Steve Keller said. “Brandon is arguably the best player to ever put on a Montana Western uniform.” In Brown’s tenure at Montana Western to date, the team has posted a 65-25 overall record and 25-10 in the Frontier Conference. The Bulldogs have played in the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City, Mo. the last two years, going 1-1 in Brown’s sophomore year while reaching the sweet sixteen and losing to No. 1 ranked Robert Morris by one point, 76-77, in the opening round last year. Brown scored 32 points against Robert Morris, tying him for the best individual scoring performance in the tournament. In three games at the national tournament Brown has scored 18, 21 and 32 points for an average of 23.7 points per game. Last season Brown was honored as the Frontier Conference player of the year and was selected as a first team NAIA All-American. He averaged 20.2 points and 4.8 assists per game last year to lead the conference in both categories. He was 10th in scoring in the NAIA and 24th in assists. This season Brown is averaging 22.7 points per game (first in the conference and seventh in the NAIA), 4.0 assists (second in the conference) and 2.5 steals (first in the conference and 21st in the NAIA). The Bulldogs are currently ranked 20th in the latest NAIA national poll. For his Bulldog career to date Brown has posted the following numbers: 1,506 points (16.9 avg.), 296 rebounds (3.3 avg.), 366 assists (4.1 avg.), 166 steals (1.9 avg.), a .494 (536-1086) field goal percentage, a .334 (127-380) three point percentage and a .711 (307-432) free throw percentage. “Brandon deserves all the credit as his leadership and work ethic is second to none,” Keller added. “Not only has he led us in scoring, but also in assists and steals. Brandon makes everyone around him a better basketball player.” Brown has been a leader on and off the court for the Bulldogs for the last three years. In addition to being a great teammate and excelling on the basketball court, Brown has excelled in the classroom. Majoring in business administration, Brown is carrying a cumulative 3.48 grade point average into his final semester at Montana Western. He is also a positive influence and a role model who is looked up to and respected by both youth and adults in the Dillon community. “As good as Brandon is as a basketball player, he is even a better person and student,” Keller said. “I am proud to say I was Brandon’s coach for these three great years of Bulldog basketball.”
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