Bulldogs Out-Last Youngstown State, 81-76
Feb. 25, 2004
Senior Mike Monserez scored a career-high 28 points and senior Duane Lightfoot added 16 to lead Butler to an 81-76 victory over Youngstown State in the final regular season home game for the Bulldogs on Wednesday, Feb. 25. The victory lifted Butler to 14-12 on the year and 8-7 in Horizon League play, while Youngstown State fell to 8-18 overall and 4-11 in league action.
Monserez scored 13 points in the first half to help Butler to a 36-30 halftime lead, and then he totaled 15 in the second half to help the Bulldogs hold on against a charging Youngstown squad. He hit 11 of 13 free throws, including four in the final 0:14. Lightfoot scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half.
"(Youngstown State) kept coming at us," said Butler head coach Todd Lickliter. "They're difficult to defend. Every game we've played against them has been a challenge."
Butler pulled away to a 12-point lead, 67-55, on a lay-up by Lightfoot with 4:16 remaining in the game. But the Penguins stormed back and cut the margin to three, 77-74, with 0:09 left on a three-point field goal by Doug Underwood. Sophomore Bruce Horan cashed a pair of free throws for the Bulldogs, but Youngstown's Jonathan Mends answered with a lay-up with 0:03 left. Monserez then closed the scoring with a pair of free throws with 0:01.5 remaining.
Monserez and Lightfoot, two of Butler's four seniors, left the game to an ovation from the 3,725 fans in attendance. Monserez hit eight of 14 shots in the contest and added seven assists and five rebounds. Lightfoot hit six of nine field goal attempts and added four rebounds. The 81 total points were the most scored by the Bulldogs this season.
Underwood led Youngstown State with 28 points, while teammate Adam Baumann added 17. Freshman Quin Humphrey finished with 15 points.
Butler will close out the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 28, at UIC. The Bulldogs will host a first-round Horizon League Tournament game on Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. (EST) against either Youngstown State or Loyola.