Jan. 11, 2003
Junior Mike Monserez scored a career-high 24 points to help lead Butler to a 76-68 victory over visiting Detroit in a Horizon League game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Jan. 11) afternoon. The win was Butler's third in a row and lifted the Bulldogs to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in league play, while Detroit fell to 6-7 and 1-3 in the conference.
Monserez, who had scored just 13 points in Butler's two previous games, scored 12 points in each half to compile his career-best total. His previous career scoring high was 17 points against Birmingham Southern last year, and he had not scored more than 15 points in a game this season. The 6-6 forward hit eight of nine shots from the floor, including three of four from three-point range, and added five of six from the charity stripe.
"I was getting good open looks today, and my teammates were doing a great job of getting the ball to me," said Monserez after the game.
The Bulldogs needed every point Monserez could muster to hold of a hot-shooting Detroit squad. The Titans shot 57% for the game, including 63% in the second half. Detroit missed nine shots in the first half and 11 in the second half, and the Titans converted several of those misses off of rebounds.
Butler scored the first six points of the game on three-point field goals by Monserez and senior Lewis Curry. But the Titans battled back and took several leads in the first half. Detroit's final lead of the game came at 19-17 with 6:29 remaining in the first period, before consecutive baskets by seniors Darnell Archey and Joel Cornette put the Bulldogs in front for good.
The Bulldogs built an eight-point lead at halftime, 33-25, and then played even with Detroit in the second half.
Archey, who didn't shoot a free throw in Butler's win over Loyola, was fouled three times in the second half, and he converted all six free throws. His national record streak for free throws made now stands at 82 in a row. The Bulldogs hit 24 of 28 free throws as a team.
Monserez, who also led the Bulldogs in rebounding with seven, was one of four Butler players to score in double-figures. Cornette added 15 points, while Archey had 14. Senior Brandon Miller closed out with 10.
Willie Green led Detroit with 23 points, while Terrell Riggs and Jimmy Twyman each added 12.
The Bulldogs will try to keep their league record perfect when they travel to Wright State for a 7 p.m. contest on Thursday, Jan. 16. The Raiders were one of four league teams to beat Butler in the regular season last year.