Nov. 30, 2005
Senior Brandon Polk scored a game-high 26 points and senior Bruce Horan became Butler's all-time leader in three-point field goals, as Butler raced past Tulane, 82-61, in a non-league game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The win in Butler's home-opener lifted the Bulldogs to 3-3 on the year, while Tulane to 1-2 on the year.
Polk was nearly unstoppable inside against the bigger Tulane front line. He hit six of nine shots from the field and scored 17 points in the first half, while helping the Bulldogs to a 40-32 halftime advantage. The 6-6 forward then added nine points in the second half when the Bulldogs pulled away to the 20-point win.
"We're doing a better job of finding (Brandon)," said Butler head coach Todd Lickliter. "He's posting really hard and we're doing a better job of getting it to him. He has an array of moves, and he's effective with them. When he's patient, he's really good."
Butler jumped to a 10-0 lead on five points each by Polk and senior guard Avery Sheets. Polk hit a pair of lay-ups and a free throw in the run, while Sheets added a lay-up and a three-point field goal to finish the run.
Tulane, traveling away from its temporary home at College Station, Texas, for the first time, did battle back to close to within two points at 22-20. But the Bulldogs out-scored the visitors 18-12 in the final seven minutes to take the eight-point halftime lead.
The second half was all Butler. The Bulldogs stetched their lead to 17 points in the first five minutes of the final period with a 13-4 scoring run. All five Butler starters contributed to the initial run.
The Bulldogs eventually increased their margin to 23 points, 77-54, on a three-point field goal by Horan. It was his third three-pointer of the game and the 218th of his career, breaking the all-time Butler record of 217, set by Horan's former teammate Darnell Archey (1999-2003).
"It wasn't something I was thinking about, but I'm glad to get the record," said Horan after the game.
Butler was out-rebounded, 37-24, in the contest, but the Bulldogs only committed six turnovers, while the Green Wave had 17 miscues. The Bulldogs hit eight of 19 three-point field goal attempts in the game.
Sheets finished with 16 points, while sophomore A. J. Graves added 14. Horan had 12 points. Quincy Davis led the Green Wave with 12 points.
Butler will visit state rival Ball State on Saturday, Dec. 3, for a 7 p.m., non-league game.