Former Indians playing basketball on big stages

Thu 11-15-2018

Ryan Kriener                                                            Billy Brown

SPIRIT LAKE - A pair of Spirit Lake High School graduates are finding themselves on a couple of the biggest stages for college basketball in the country on back-to-back nights.

Wednesday night, Billy Brown and North Dakota lost 96-58 to No. 10 Kentucky at Rupp Arena in Lexington. Despite icy road conditions in the Area, attendance was 18,555, the largest crowd to watch UND in program history.

Brown, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, made a three-pointer for his only points of the night and also had one rebound and one steal.

The win now gives the Kentucky program wins over teams from all 50 states.

North Dakota, now 2-1, hosts Minnesota-Morris Saturday.

Thursday, Ryan Kriener and Iowa will play No. 13 Oregon in the semifinals of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

A 6-9 junior forward, Kriener is averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds off the bench for the Hawkeyes, who are 2-0 as they've opened the season with wins over UMKC and Green Bay.

He had a career-high eight rebounds in a season-opening win over UMKC.

The Ducks are also 2-0, beating Portland State and Eastern Washington.

Tip off will be at 8:15, with radio coverage on KUOO. It will be televised on ESPN2.

Iowa then plays either Syracuse or UConn on Friday.