FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Tuesday night, basketball took a back seat to a far bigger picture for North Dakota State men's basketball.
Despite a difficult season for the Bison, they have put an emphasis this year on joy. Joy for Landon Solberg.
The Bison have become incredibly close with Landon solberg and his family this year. Landon is a fourth grader in West Fargo who is fighting a rare brain cancer.
Valley News Live first brought you the story of the special bond between Landon and the Bison in January and as he prepares to start treatment this week, the Bison are celebrating Landon with pregame festivities.
While NDSU has struggled at times on the court this year, head coach Dave Richman says this is the sort of experience that really puts your purpose in to perspective.
"You want to talk about tough? Landon Solberg is tough," Richman said ahead of Tuesday's game. "And if we can stand up there tonigth and put some shirts on and provide a platform to provide awareness and give Landon a smile and do those things? We're going to do those things. We're going to do them loud, we're going to do them proud. But what that kid has no idea of is he's having a greater impact on us, on me than we are on him. There's no doubt in my mind."