Feb. 27, 2003
Butler shook off a sour first-half shooting performance and hit nearly 60% in the final 20 minutes to defeat visiting UW-Green Bay, 58-37, in a Horizon League game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday, Feb. 27. The win lifts Butler to 23-4 overall and 13-2 in league play and sets up a first place showdown with 13-2 UW-Milwaukee on the Bulldogs' homecourt on Saturday, March 1.
The Bulldogs had no trouble finding shots in the first half, but had all kinds of problems finishing them. Butler hit just eight of 28 (.286) shots in the first 20 minutes and held a slim 21-17 lead at halftime. The top three-point field goal shooting team in the Horizon League coming into the game, Butler managed just five of 15 from the three-point arc in the first period.
Halftime proved to be just the elixir coach Todd Lickliter's squad needed. The Bulldogs stormed out in the second half, hitting 13 of 22 (.591) shots and stretching the lead to as many as 23 points late in the contest. Butler out-scored UW-Green Bay, 37-20, in the final period.
Senior Brandon Miller led the Bulldogs with 14 points, including 12 in the first half. Senior Joel Cornette finished with 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Duane Lightfoot added 10 points and six rebounds. Terry Parker topped the Phoenix (10-18, 4-11) with 12 points.
Butler will take a five-game winning streak into the showdown game with UW-Milwaukee. The Panthers, who were the last team to beat Butler in Hinkle Fieldhouse, will come in with wins in nine of their last 10 games.
"(UW-Milwaukee) came in here and beat us last year. They've been favored since the start of the season. We know what kind of challenge is ahead of us," said Butler coach Todd Lickliter.
Butler and UW-Milwaukee have already clinched a berth in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament.