Jan. 6, 2005
Forward Joah Tucker scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead visiting UW-Milwaukee to a 71-68 overtime win against Butler in a Horizon League game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday, Jan. 6. The victory lifted the Panthers to 8-4 on the season and 2-1 in league play, while Butler dropped its third straight game and fell to 5-6 overall and 0-1 in league action.
The Panthers, who overcame a six-point deficit in the final 2:17 of regulation play, scored the first six points in the overtime period and then held off a late charging Butler squad. UW-Milwaukee took a 70-62 lead in the extra session on a free throw by forward Adrian Tigert with 0:45 left, but the Bulldogs stormed back with two free throws each from sophomore Brandon Crone and freshman A. J. Graves and a lay-up by Graves to make it 70-68 with 0:27 left.
The Bulldogs then had a chance to tie the game when Crone was fouled with 0:11 left, but the Butler forward missed both attempts. UW-Milwaukee's Chris Hill closed out the scoring with a free throw at 0:03 and the Bulldogs' hopes ended when a desperation three-point attempt by sophomore Nick Brooks came up short.
"We couldn't keep them off the glass. That was the deciding factor," said a disappointed Butler head coach Todd Lickliter after the contest. "That and the fact that they got to the line 28 times."
The Panthers had a 43-25 rebounding advantage in the game and had an 18-6 margin in offensive rebounds. UW-Milwaukee also out-scored the Bulldogs, 17-12, at the charity stripe.
Tucker, who evenly split his points between the first and second half, and forward Tigert played key roles down the stretch in the second half to help UW-Milwaukee tie the game. Tucker hit a pair of free throws to bring the Panthers to within four points, 57-53, and then Tigert tipped in a missed shot with 1:50 remaining to cut Butler's lead to 57-55.
Following a pair of free throws by Crone, Tucker hit two more charity tosses to make the score 59-57 with 1:32 left. Tucker missed a short jumper 18 seconds later, but Tigert was on the spot to tie the score with a tip-in. Butler's Avery Sheets missed a three-point attempt at the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.
Butler opened a 33-29 lead at halftime behind the 10-point performance of junior forward Brandon Polk, and the Bulldogs never trailed in the second half. The game was only tied once in the final 20 minutes!
Graves led Butler with 19 points, while Polk, getting just his second start of the season, finished with 16. Crone came off the bench with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Guard Ed McCants added 12 points to the Panthers? attack, while Tigert had 11.
The Bulldogs will be back in action in Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 8, against UW-Green Bay. Gametime is 12 noon.