Nov. 19, 2004
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Nick Brooks scored nine of his 18 points in a 16-2 run the first six minutes of the game, leading Butler to an 80-52 victory Friday night over South Dakota State.
The Bulldogs (1-0) were never threatened after their fast start and stayed in control by hitting 11 3-point baskets.
Brooks was the only starter without a 3-pointer, but the Butler forward did enough damage inside, hitting 8-of-9 shots, most of them on layups.
By halftime, Butler's lead was 36-15, and the Bulldogs took their biggest lead at 76-44 after four straight free throws by Brian Ligon in the game's closing minutes.
South Dakota State (0-1) was led by Steve Holdren with 14 points and nine rebounds and Ben Beran with 10 points.