Jan. 24, 2004
A game-winning shot attempt by senior Mike Monserez at the buzzer bounced off the rim and visiting Wright State escaped with a 54-53 Horizon League victory over Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Jan. 24. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 7-10 on the year and 3-5 in league play, while Wright State climbed to 10-8 overall and 7-1 in the conference.
Butler battled back from a 12-point deficit in the final five minutes of the game by holding the Raiders scoreless for the final 5:28. Sophomore Avery Sheets nailed a three-point field goal with 0:12 remaining to bring the Bulldogs to within a single point at 54-53, and Butler fouled Wright State's Seth Doliboa with 0:05 left.
The league's second-best free throw shooter, Doliboa missed the front end of the one-and-one attempt, and Monserez rebounded and drove the length of the floor. His game-winning attempt came from just inside the three-point arc and bounced straight up on the front of the rim and then bounced off as the final buzzer sounded.
"We had a chance," said a dejected Butler head coach Todd Lickliter after the game. "To be down 12 points to a good team and still have a chance to win says a lot. Some teams would have wilted."
Wright State broke open a tight game with a 14-4 scoring run midway through the final period. Doliboa had six points during the run, which gave the Raiders a 54-42 lead with 5:29 remaining. Butler came back on the strength of three-point field goals by Bruce Horan, Jamie Smalligan and Sheets, and a two-point field goal by freshman Brian Ligon.
Horan led the Bulldogs with a career-high 18 points. He hit six of 10 attempts from beyond the three-point arc in the game. Senior Duane Lightfoot added 10 points, while Monserez had five points, a team-high seven rebounds and a game-high nine assists. Doliboa led Wright State with 17 points.