Fast Start Propels Bulldogs Past Cardinals

Nov. 30, 2002

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Duane Lightfoot scored 16 points to give Butler an early lead over Ball State, lifting the Bulldogs to a 71-45 victory on Saturday night.

Lightfoot had six points that helped lead to a 23-4 run to open the game for a Bulldog attack that saw seven players score. The Bulldogs (3-0) led 42-18 at the half.

Butler shot 52 percent for the game, beginning with Lightfoot, who came off the bench to make 6-of-7 field goals.

Second-leading scorer Mike Monserez hit a free throw with 7:35 remaining to give the Bulldogs a 30-point lead. He made 4-of-5 field goals and hit 2-of-3 three pointers for 13 points.

The Bulldogs made 6-of-11 3-pointers in the first half and shot 38 percent from behind the arc for the game. Butler had 12 more assists than the Cardinals (2-2), and made 10-of-15 free throws. Ball State made only 6-of-10.

While the Cardinals got 22 points from Cameron Echols, all but six of his points came in the second half. Four Butler players scored in double figures as Brandon Miller scored 12 points, and Joel Cornette added 11. Monserez also had eight rebounds and eight assists.