Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig’ 18 Points Helps Lead Wisconsin Past Michigan State in Big 10 Championship Game

Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig a basketball standout in Big Ten Championship game

Ho-Chunk Bronson Koenig a basketball standout in Big Ten Championship game

The Wisconsin Badgers will play Coastal Carolina as the No. 1 Seed in the West NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. Check television local television listings for game time.

CHICAGO — Ho-Chunk Nation tribal citizen, Bronson Koenig, helped the Wisconsin Badgers win the Big Ten Men’s Basketball tournament in Chicago Sunday by scoring 18 points. The final score was Wisconsin-Michigan State 69.

Koenig is a 6’4” guard is from LaCrosse, Wisconsin. His mother, Ethel Funmaker, is employed with the Ho-Chunk Nation’s IT department.

A sophomore, Koenig has become the premier American Indian player in the Men’s NCAA Basketball in the country. Koenig began the season playing off the bench, but was thrust into a starting role for the Badgers after teammate Traevon Jackson was injured.

In today’s championship game, Koenig helped Wisconsin come back from 11 point deficit with six minutes left in regulation play. He had three 3-pointers to bring the game close. As the end of regulation came, his teammates got the ball to Koenig, who drove the lane and was fouled. With 15.2 seconds left, Koenig tied the game at 69. Michigan State was unsuccessful in scoring in their last possession of regulation play.

The Michigan State Spartans did not score in overtime. Koenig added another 3-pointer for his four of the day.

Koenig has become the most notable Native American in Men’s College Basketball. “I look up in the stands and I see all kinds of natives everywhere I go. It really means a lot to me,” Koenig told NDNSports.com last month.

Koenig scored double-digits in each of the Big Ten Tournament games. Friday he scored 12 points against Michigan. Yesterday, he had a season-high of 19 points against Purdue.

The Wisconsin Badgers will play Coastal Carolina as the No. 1 Seed in the West NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. Check television local television listings for game time.

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