Jan. 31, 2005
Butler jumped out to a 20-2 lead at UW-Green Bay Monday night and never looked back, coasting to a 70-47 win at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. Junior Avery Sheets led four Bulldogs in double figures with 20 points, including 14 in the opening frame as Butler ran out to a 34-23 halftime advantage. With the win, Butler breaks a three-game skid and improves to 8-11 (3-6 Horizon League), while the Phoenix falls to 14-6 (7-3).
Butler went 14-of-32 from behind the line, including eight in the first half. Sheets hit six from behind the arc. The Bulldogs' 14 treys were a season-high. Freshman A. J. Graves had 13, while Bruce Horan and Brandon Polk added 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Bulldogs held a 30-22 advantage on the boards and committed just nine turnovers.
UW-Green Bay entered the contest a half-game out of the top spot in the league standings and had been selected as a participant in one of the 10 nationally-televised games of the Bracket Buster earlier in the day. But the Bulldogs entered the Resch Center looking for revenge for a 57-50 loss at the hands of the Phoenix three weeks ago and found it with a hot-shooting start to the night. The Bulldogs atoned for poor shooting in the first match-up between the teams with 47-percent shooting on the night.
The Bulldogs return to action Thursday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, hosting Loyola in the second game of a Butler basketball doubleheader. The women's team hosts Detroit at 5:30 p.m., with the men's tip slated for 30 minutes following the completion of the women's game.