Dec. 5, 2002
Senior Brandon Miller scored a season-high 18 points and the Bulldogs used another strong defensive effort to turn back Indiana State, 65-45, at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute on Thursday, Dec. 5. It was the fourth straight win for the unbeaten Bulldogs, while Indiana State dropped its third straight game and fell to 2-4.
Miller scored 13 of his points in the second half, including 11 after Indiana State had cut Butler's 12-point lead to eight, 42-34.
"I felt we needed to extend the lead, that we needed to score four or six quick points, so I tried to play with a little more emotion," said the Butler point-guard.
Miller stretched the lead back to double-figures with a pair of free throws and the Bulldogs maintained a double-digit advantage for the rest of the game. Butler's biggest lead came at 65-43 with just over two minutes remaining.
The Bulldogs had another strong start, jumping out to an 11-3 lead, behind five points from Miller, four from senior Joel Cornette and two from Darnell Archey. Butler led by 11 points twice in the first half, before settling for a 30-23 halftime edge.
Archey and junior Mike Monserez joined Miller in double-figures with 10 points apiece. Archey hit eight of eight free throws in the game, stretching his streak of consecutive free throws made to 49 in a row, dating back to the 2000-01 season. The Bulldogs out-rebounded Indiana State, 31-30, with Monserez and Cornette each grabbing a team-high seven caroms.
The Bulldogs shot over 50% for the fourth straight game, hitting 22 of 40 shots (.550). The 45 points scored by Indiana State were right at Butler's season defensive average, which leads the nation. The Sycamore hit just 18 of 56 shots (.321), including just four of 16 from the three-point arc.
Butler remains on its Indiana road trip with a game at Evansville on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Bulldogs will face the Purple Aces in Roberts Stadium at 2 p.m. (CDT).