Today in Butler Athletics History

Butler Athletics celebrates the university's Sesquicentennial by taking a look back, day by day...

November 29: On this date in 1997, Butler defeated Pacific University (which featured future No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft Michael Olowokandi), 73-67, at the Big Island Invitational in Hawaii. Forward Jon Newhouser led the Bulldogs with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, and also provided six rebounds. Center Rolf Van Rijn finished with 16 points and six rebounds. The win allowed Butler to advance to the championship game of the tournament the next day, where they would fall to a tough Stanford University team, which featured future NBA forward Mark Madsen, 99-86.

November 28: On this date in 1999, Butler won its home opener, 82-55, over Mount St. Mary's University. Guard Darnell Archey and center Mike Marshall (who also pulled down 10 rebounds) led the Bulldogs with 19 points apiece. Forward Ryan Hainje scored 15 points, while guard LaVall Jordan scored 10. After a tough loss at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in the season-opener, Butler improved its record to 1-1 in a season that would see Butler season end by taking the eventual national runner-up University of Florida to overtime in a memorable NCAA Tournament game.

November 27: On this date in 1993, a sold-out crowd at Hinkle Fieldhouse witnessed Butler open the regular season by upsetting nationally-ranked in-state rival Indiana University, 75-71. On IU's roster were future NBA players and All-American forwards Alan Henderson and Brian Evans and All-American guard Damon Bailey. Guard Travis Trice led the Bulldogs with 24 points. Guard Jermaine Guice had 19 points, while forward John Taylor had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Also, on this date in 2004, Butler improved to 3-0 with a win over Miami University of Ohio at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Bruce Horan and center Jamie Smalligan led the Bulldogs with 16 points apiece. Guard Avery Sheets added 11, as Butler reached its high-water mark for the 2004-05 season.

November 26: On this date in 2002, Butler won its home opener over Wayne State University, 60-37. Senior Joel Cornette led the Bulldogs with 14 points and five rebounds. Duane Lightfoot scored 10 points. The victory enabled Butler to start its unforgettable Sweet 16 season 2-0 going into a rivalry game against Ball State at Hinkle Fieldhouse a few days later.

November 25: Sure, the 2003-04 season had its highs and lows, but this game was definitely one of the highs. On this date in 2003, forward Mike Monserez hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to give Butler a thrilling victory over Northern Iowa University in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Duane Lightfoot scored 14 for the Bulldogs, and guard-forward Bruce Horan scored 12, including a three-pointer with nine seconds remaining to cut Northern Iowa's lead to one, at 54-53. A missed free throw on the front end of a one-and-one set up Monserez's heroics, which allowed Butler to start 2-0. In a season where Butler struggled on the road, this game was the first of three road victories during the 2003-04 campaign.

November 24: On this date in 1990, Butler opened the regular season with a nail-biting 82-79 victory over Western Illinois University. All-conference guard Jermaine Guice led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Center J.P. Brens had 14 points and eight rebounds, while forward John Karaffa had 14 points and six caroms. After a cold-shooting first half (34.5%) from the field, Butler shoots a torrid 59.1% in the second half.

November 23: On this date in 2003, Butler opened their season with a 68-54 win over Quincy University at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Duane Lightfoot and Avery Sheets each scored 12 points for the Bulldogs. Sheets, one of three seniors on the current Butler team, was making his first collegiate start. James Parker scored 11, while Jeff James, also making his first collegiate start, scored 10.

November 22: On this date in 2002, Butler opened its landmark Sweet 16 season with a 69-53 victory over IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind. Guard Darnell Archey scored a game-high 15 points on five three-pointers. Lewis Curry scored 13, while Duane Lightfoot scored 12. For the second straight year Butler opened the regular season with a double-digit margin of victory in a game away from historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.

November 21: On this date in 2003, Butler's volleyball team defeats Wright State by a score of 3-0 at the Horizon League Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse. By winning, Butler advances to play the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee the next day but falls 3-1, ending their season.

November 20: On this date in 1997, Butler pulled out a thriller over Bradley, 51-48, at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Center Rolf Van Rijn led the Bulldogs with 16 points. Despite shooting just 35.7 % (15-of-42) from the field and 54.3% (19-of-35) from the free throw line, Butler improved to 2-0 on the season. Butler's defense held Bradley to just 8-of-24 shooting from the field in the second half.

November 19: On this date in 2004, a date that sports fans in the state of Indiana will remember for all the wrong reasons (the Pacers-Pistons Brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills), Butler defeated South Dakota State University, 80-52, in the season opener at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Forward Nick Brooks scored 18 for Butler, while center Jamie Smalligan scored 10. Butler hit 11-of-24 from long range in the game.

November 18: On this date in 2000, Butler opened the season with a 90-73 victory over Eastern Illinois University at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Guard Brandon Miller had a team high 26 points, including 14-of-16 from the free throw line, plus seven assists. Guard Thomas Jackson scored 17 points and Darnell Archey added 11.

November 17: On this date in 2001, Butler defeated the University of Delaware, 76-59, in the semifinals of the Top of the World Tournament in Fairbanks, Alaska. Center Scott Robisch scored 24 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field. Guards Brandon Miller and Thomas Jackson each scored 16, as well, for Butler. Butler would go on to win the tournament in the final game the next night against the University of Washington.

November 16: On this date in 1991, the Butler football team closed out a 9-1 season by defeating Saginaw Valley State, 13-10, at the Butler Bowl. The tandem of quarterback Paul Romanowski and wide receiver Jon Hill hooked up twice for touchdown passes, and running back Kevin Kimble rushed for 127 yards in the game. The Bulldogs would go on to the NCAA Division II Playoffs the following week at Pittsburg (Kansas) State University, falling 26-16 to end the season.

November 15:Care for a double feature? On this date in 1997, the Butler football team closed out a 6-4 regular season with a three-game winning streak by defeating St. Joseph's College, 20-13, at the Butler Bowl. Running back Naim Sanders rushed for 202 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Eli Stoddard contributed a touchdown pass as well. That evening, at Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Butler men's basketball team opened the regular season by defeating Indiana Wesleyan University in a blowout, 87-44. Forward Jon Neuhouser finished with 21 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs.

Also, on this date in 2003, Butler won its final football game of the season, 17-13, over St. Joseph's College at the Butler Bowl. After beginning the season with nine consecutive losses, Butler won its final two games. Running back Billy Nardini rushed for 138 yards, quarterback Bob Farmer threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Bob Leonard, and the Butler defense came up with a big defensive play, stopping St. Joseph's at Butler's 3-yard-line as time expired.

November 14: On this date in 1987, Butler defeated the University of Indianapolis by a score of 35-20 at the Butler Bowl, closing out a 6-4 football season. Running back Steve Roberts (the program's all-time leading rusher, ran for two touchdowns and 144 yards. Quarterback Rob Cutter and wide receiver John Barron connected twice for TD scores in the game.

November 13: On this date in 1999, Butler defeated Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo., 27-16, to close out a 5-5 football regular season. Running back Dale Jennings rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown, while quarterback DeWayne Ewing threw for one touchdown and rushed for another. Ewing threw for 245 yards in the game. His 8,094 career passing yards are the most in Butler history.

November 12: On this date in 1983, Butler closed out a 9-0-1 football regular season with a 26-6 win at Indiana Central University (now the University of Indianapolis). Tailback Eric Chapman, the Heartland Collegiate Conference's Most Valuable Offensive Back for 1983, had 68 yards rushing, while quarterback Curt Roy threw for two touchdown passes and 231 yards. That season, Butler, the HCC Champions, went to the NCAA Division II Playoffs, where they fell to the University of California-Davis, 25-6.