Jan. 14, 2006
Senior Brandon Polk scored a game-high 23 points and Butler held off repeated comeback attempts by visiting Detroit to claim a 64-52 Horizon League victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Jan. 14) afternoon. The victory lifted the Bulldogs to 9-6 on the season and 2-1 in league play, while Detroit slipped to 9-10 overall and 3-3 in the league.
Polk scored 10 points in the first 20 minutes to help the Bulldogs to a 32-24 halftime lead. He added 13 points in the second half to help Butler increase its lead. The 6-6 forward hit seven of 14 shots in the game and added a career-best nine of 11 free throws.
Butler maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half, but Detroit rallied to cut the margin to nine, 49-40, on a lay-up by Zach Everingham with 10:11 remaining. Polk then scored Butler's next six points, including four from the free throw line, over a five minute stretch to keep the Titans from gaining any additional ground.
"(Brandon) did a really nice job during that stretch, and I thought our guys did a good job of looking for him," added Lickliter.
The Bulldogs stretched the lead back to double-digits, 59-48, on a jump shot by sophomore A. J. Graves and then eventually increased the margin to 14 points, 64-50, on five straight points by senior Avery Sheets.
Detroit, playing without leading scorer Brandon Cotton, had a commanding advantage in rebounding, 38-23, including 20 offensive rebounds. The Titans had a 14-4 edge in second chance points.
Sheets, who hit all five shots he attempted in the game, finished with 14 points, while senior Bruce Horan chipped in with 11. Jon Goode led the Titans with 17 points.
Butler will begin a three-game road stretch with a contest at Loyola on Thursday, Jan. 19.