Dec. 21, 2002
Junior Darnell Archey led three Butler players in double-figures with 16 points and the Bulldogs turned in another rock-solid defensive effort to stop visiting Saint Louis, 68-46, in a non-league game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 21. The win stretched Butler to 8-0 on the season, while the Billikens fell to 4-4.
Butler, coming off a week of final exams, passed it last pre-Christmas test behind a stifling man-to-man defense. The Bulldogs limited Saint Louis to just eight points in the first 19 minutes of the contest. The Billikens hit just six of 21 shots in the first half and trailed at halftime, 30-12.
"Our guys committed to the defensive end," said Butler coach Todd Lickliter after the game. "We know if we can stay consistent (on defense), we can get through the droughts that are going to happen. Our guys did a great job of staying active on defense."
Butler's defensive work was so effective that Saint Louis had just four points in the first 10 minutes of the game. The Billikens went over six minutes between their second and third baskets of the contest, and then had another six-minute drought between the fourth and fifth field goals!
The Bulldogs led by as many as 22, 30-8, late in the first half and then put the game out of reach by hitting nine of their first 10 shots in the second half. Butler began the second half with a 19-10 scoring run to stretch the lead to 49-22 with just over 13 minutes left in the contest.
Archey scored 10 of his points in the first half. He hit four of seven shots from the three-point arc. The Butler sharpshooter also hit a pair of free throws in the game, boosting his string of consecutive free throws made to 64. He's nine free throws shy of the national record for consecutive free throws made, held by Gary Buchanan, Villanova, 2000-01.
The Bulldogs also picked up double-figure scoring performances from Mike Monserez and Joel Cornette. Monserez posted 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds, while Cornette had 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. Senior guard Brandon Miller finished with eight points and six assists.
Guard Marque Perry led the Billikens with 23 points.
The Bulldogs will take a short Christmas break before departing for Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Rainbow Classic. Butler will face Texas-Pan American in the first round on Saturday, Dec. 28.