Butler Out-Lasts Wright State, 79-64
Feb. 20, 2003
Brandon Miller scored 22 points and Joel Cornette added 15 to lead Butler past visiting Wright State, 79-64, in a Horizon League game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday, Feb. 20. The victory lifted Butler to 20-4 overall and gave the Bulldogs their seventh consecutive 20-win season. It also boosted Butler to 10-2 in league play - the fifth straight year the Bulldogs have reached 10 conference wins!
The Bulldogs took control of the game with an impressive first half performance. Butler hit 17 of 29 shots (.586) in the first 20 minutes and committed just two turnovers, while building a 45-25 halftime advantage over the Raiders (9-15, 3-11 Horizon League). Cornette led the first-half attack with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists.
That big lead turned out to be extremely important when Wright State made a second-half run behind scoring leaders Seth Doliboa and Vernard Hollins. The Raiders scored the first eight points of the second half and eventually trimmed Butler's lead to eight, 69-61, with two minutes remaining.
But Miller put a stop to the visitors' rally. He scored eight consecutive points on a pair of three-point field goals and a pair of free throws to stretch Butler's lead back to 13 at 77-64. Miller wound up hitting six of seven shots from the floor, including four of four from the three-point arc, and six of six from the free throw line.
"Thank goodness for good starts," Butler head coach Todd Lickliter said after the game. "They came at us in the second half, but we knew they would. It's hard to contain guys like (Doliboa and Hollins). It's not a surprise that they would score."
Hollins led all scorers in the game with 23 points, while Doliboa, the leading scorer in the Horizon League, added 21. Hollins scored 13 points in the second half, while Doliboa had 10.
Junior Mike Monserez chipped in 11 points for the Bulldogs, while junior Duane Lightfoot added 10 and a team-high seven rebounds. Monserez led the Bulldogs with six assists, while Cornette added five. Lickliter used 12 different players in the game and ten cracked the scoring column.
Butler, at the start of a stretch of three games in five days, will play at Youngstown State on Saturday, Feb. 22, before visiting Cleveland State on Monday, Feb. 24.