Feb. 15, 2003
DETROIT - Joel Cornette scored 15 points and recorded 11 rebounds and Duane Lightfoot made four clutch free throws in the final 11 seconds as Butler defeated Detroit 66-63 on Saturday at Calihan Hall. It was the Bulldogs' first win on the Titans' homecourt since the 1999-00 season.
The Bulldogs were only up two with 10.6 seconds remaining, but Lightfoot was fouled while driving to the basket and made both of the free throws to give Butler a four-point edge. Jimmy Twyman then hit a three-pointer from the wing on the next possession to narrow the gap to one with five seconds left. But, Lightfoot, who finished with 14 points, was fouled on the inbounds play and knocked down both his free throws to put the Bulldogs up three.
Detroit had time for one last shot, but Willie Green missed a three-point shot from just inside halfcourt at the buzzer that would have forced overtime for the Titans (13-11, 7-6 Horizon League). Green led all scorers with 23 points and had a team-high eight rebounds. Elijah Warren finished with 14 points and Twyman and Terrell Riggs each added 10.
The Bulldogs (19-4, 9-2) trailed by as many as eight points midway through the first half before freshman Avery Sheets made three 3-pointers over the final 2:47 to give Butler a 37-33 lead at the break. Sheets finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point range.
Butler never led by more than six in the second half, as Detroit continued to put the pressure on. The Titans went ahead 60-59 on a free throw by Warren with 2:59 remaining, but Brandon Miller sank a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to help the Bulldogs regain the lead, and Butler never trailed again. The basket was Miller's only field goal of the game, as the senior floor leader finished with five points and seven assists.
Detroit out shot the Bulldogs 12-23 (.522) to their 12-28 (.429) in the game and also won the battle on the boards by out rebounding Butler 28-26. However, Butler's three point shooting proved to be the difference as they connected on 11-31 (.409) from long range compared to the Titans' 3-of-14 (.214) performance.
Butler will host Wright State on Thursday (Feb. 20) at 7 p.m.