Wright State Slips Past Butler, 61-55
Feb. 7, 2005
Wright State out-scored Butler, 9-0, in the final 1:36 of the game and pulled out a 61-55 victory in a Horizon League game at the Nutter Center on Monday, Feb. 7. The loss dropped Butler to 9-12 on the year and 4-7 in league play, while Wright State improved to 11-12 overall and 6-6 in league action.
The Bulldogs held a 55-52 lead with under two minutes remaining, but Wright State's Zach Williams came up with a key three-point play on a rebound basket and a free throw at 1:36 to tie the game. Williams then gave the Raiders the lead for good with a short jump shot with 0:45 left.
Four free throws by Zakee Boyd in the final 33 seconds closed out the scoring.
"(The Raiders) were able to execute better than us at crucial times," said Butler head coach Todd Lickliter.
Williams, who scored a team-high 21 points in the game, scored nine consecutive points at one stretch in the final three minutes of the contest to help the Raiders overcome a 53-48 deficit. He hit nine of 12 shots in the game and added three key offensive rebounds.
"He's good," said Lickliter. "And when they get it in to him down low, they do a great job of spacing to give him room. We doubled him in the first half, but he got the ball out to (DaShaun) Wood, who hit some big shots. You pick your poison."
Butler opened strongly and built a ten-point lead, 22-12, behind the inside scoring of forward Brandon Polk. But the Raiders chipped away at the lead and eventually tied the game at 25-25 on a three-point field goal by Wood as the first half buzzer sounded.
The Bulldogs again grabbed the lead midway through the second half, stretching it to as many as seven points, 53-46, with 6:29 remaining. But the Raiders closed with a 15-2 scoring run. Butler missed its final nine shot attempts.
Polk led the Bulldogs with 22 points, two shy of his career-high, while Brandon Crone added 14. They were the only Butler players to notch double-figures. The Bulldogs hit just six of 20 three-point field goal attempts in the contest.
Butler returns to Indianapolis for a pair of league home games, beginning with a 7 p.m., contest against Cleveland State on Thursday, Feb. 10.