Butler Rolls Past IPFW, 72-55
Feb. 4, 2004
Senior Duane Lightfoot scored a game-high 22 points and sophomore Bruce Horan added 14 to lead Butler to a 72-55 victory over visiting IPFW at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday (Feb. 4). The non-league win boosted Butler to 9-11, while IPFW fell to 3-18.
Lightfoot, getting his first start in the past nine games, hit five of seven shots and scored 10 points, while grabbing five rebounds in the first half. Horan hit three three-point field goals and added 11 points to help the Bulldogs pull away to a 41-20 halftime lead.
"That was the best we've passed the ball this year," said Butler head coach Todd Lickliter. "We were able to get good open looks."
The visiting Mastodons never got closer than 14 points in the final period. Butler hit 12 of 24 shots in the final 20 minutes to maintain control.
"We're shooting the ball better in the second half, which shows we're getting stronger," added Lickliter.
Lightfoot scored in double-figures for the seventh consecutive game. His final scoring total was his second-highest output of the season. He also added a game-high nine rebounds.
"I'm just moving without the ball, and we've got great passers," said Lightfoot, who hit six of nine shots in the final 20 minutes.
"Duane was very active on the glass tonight," added Lickliter.
Horan hit four of eight three-point field goal attempts, and the Bulldogs hit a season-high 12 three-pointers for the second straight game. Freshman Nick Brooks came off the bench to hit three of four three-point attempts, while sophomore Avery Sheets hit three of five and scored 11 points. Senior Mike Monserez, who had five rebounds and eight assists, and junior James Parker each hit a single three-pointer.
"The inside game opens the outside game," said Horan, who leads the Bulldogs in three-point field goals. "Duane and the other guys are fighting in there and that opens it for us on the outside. I'm taking better shots."
Center David Simon led the Mastodons with 17 points.
The Bulldogs return to Horizon League play at Loyola on Saturday, Feb. 7. The game at the Joseph J. Gentile Center is slated for 1 p.m. (CDT).