Feb. 21, 2004
Sophomore Bruce Horan hit a clutch three-point field goal and two key free throws to help lift Butler to a 64-63 overtime victory against visiting Ohio in a Bracket Buster Saturday match-up at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 21. The non-league win boosted the Bulldogs to 13-12 on the season and gave Butler a winning record for the first time since Dec. 6. Ohio fell to 9-16.
Horan hit a three-point field goal with 2:30 left in the overtime period to give Butler its first lead of the extra session, 59-56. Then, with the Bulldogs clutching to a 62-20 lead with 0:15 left, the 6-3 guard calmly nailed two free throws to secure the win. It was Butler's sixth overtime game this season, and the Bulldogs' fourth overtime win.
"On a night when we didn't shoot it well, we were able to find a way," said Butler head coach Todd Lickliter. "I told our guys (Ohio) will make runs. We were desperate, but guys stepped up and got it done."
The Bulldogs, who led by as many as 15 points in the first half, found themselves on the short end of a 54-49 score with just 23 seconds left in regulation play. Senior Mike Monserez cut the margin to two points with a three-point field goal at 0:15. Butler then to a fullcourt press and forced an Ohio turnover.
Sophomore Avery Sheets drove the right baseline and pulled up for a 12-foot shot that missed long. Monserez, crashing from the left side, tipped in the miss with 0:02 left. Ohio missed an attempt at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
Butler shot 50% from the field in the first half and pulled away to a 32-23 halftime lead. Butler the Bulldogs hit just nine of 33 shots in the second half. Butler didn't score a basket in the first six and a half minutes of the second half, as the Bobcats climbed back into the contest. Ohio grabbed the lead at 44-43 with 5:25 remaining.
Senior Duane Lightfoot shared scoring honors with Horan, each scoring 14 points, and he led the Bulldogs in rebounding with nine. Monserez added 10 points, six rebounds and five assists, while Sheets had 10 points and three assists.
Guard Jaivon Harris came off the bench to lead the Bobcats with 16 points, while forward Terren Harbut notched 15.
The Bulldogs return to Horizon League play on Wednesday, Feb. 25, against Youngstown State in what could be a preview of Butler's first game in the upcoming Horizon League Tournament. The 7 p.m., contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse will feature a special pregame tribute to Butler's three senior players.