Nov. 22, 2004
Sophomore Nick Brooks scored a game-high 15 points and junior Bruce Horan added 14 to lead Butler to a 79-43 victory over visiting Greenville in a non-league game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Monday, Nov. 22. The victory lifted Butler to 2-0 on the young season, while the NCAA Division III Panthers fell to 1-2.
Brooks split his points between the two halves, scoring seven in the first 20 minutes and eight in the final period. He five of seven shots, after nailing eight of nine field goal attempts in Butler's season-opening victory over South Dakota State. Horan scored all 14 of his points in the first half to help Butler to a 38-16 halftime lead.
Greenville jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, but the Bulldogs answered with a 14-0 run to take command of the game. Horan scored eight points to fuel the run, while junior Avery Sheets and sophomores Brandon Crone and Jamie Smalligan each added two.
Greenville never got closer than 18 points in the final 20 minutes, and the Bulldogs stretched their margin to as many as 39 points late in the contest.
"You have different situations to deal with," said Butler head coach Todd Lickliter after the game. "Obviously we were the favorite, playing on our homecourt. We give scholarships and they don't. We had greater focus in the second half."
Ten of the 11 Butler players who saw action in the game broke into the scoring column. Freshman A. J. Graves tallied a career-high nine points, while added five rebounds and six assists. Crone and freshman Gary Patterson each added eight points. The eight points were a career-high for Patterson.
The Bulldogs hit 12 of 29 attempts from beyond the three-point arc, with Horan cashing four of eight long range attempts. Butler out-rebounded the visitors, 30-20, behind Horan's career-high seven rebounds.
Center Brandon Martin led Greenville with 14 points.
The Bulldogs will take a brief break for Thanksgiving, before returning to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host Miami (Ohio) at 2 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, Nov. 27. Miami opened the season with wins over Purdue and Xavier.