March 5, 2004
Freshman Avery Sheets scored a game-high 23 points and senior Mike Monserez added 18 to lead #6 seeded Butler to a 72-50 upset of #3 seed UW-Green Bay in the second round of the Horizon League Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday, March 5. The win lifted Butler to 16-13 on the year and sends the Bulldogs into a semifinals game against #2 seed UIC at 8 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, March 6.
The Bulldogs, who dropped two regular season games to the Phoenix (17-11), had to overcome an early 8-0 deficit. Butler was scoreless for the first five and a half minutes of the contest, before sophomore Bruce Horan broke the ice with a lay-up at 14:28. From that point, the Bulldogs out-scored UW-Green Bay, 24-12, to take a six-point halftime lead.
Sheets tallied 10 points in the first half, while Monserez added eight.
Butler had to shake off another slow start in the second half. The Phoenix opened the final period with a 10-3 scoring run to take a 30-29 lead. That wound up as UW-Green Bay's final lead of the contest. Butler regained the lead on a lay-up and a free throw by Sheets, and the Bulldogs pulled away behind a 68% shooting performance in the final period.
"I've said all along that these guys are good shooters," said head coach Todd Lickliter after the contest. "The stats didn't always show it, but I believed in these guys."
The Bulldogs hit 13 of 19 shots in the final 20 minutes and finished the game with 22 field goals in 41 attempts (.537). It was Butler's second-best shooting performance of the year and the second time in the league tournament that the Bulldogs topped the 50% mark from the field.
Sheets, who scored 21 points in Butler's opening round victory over Youngstown State, hit eight of nine shots in the game, including four of five from the three-point arc. Monserez added five of nine and Horan hit four of eight, including three of six from the three-point line. Horan finished with 11 points.
Freshman Nick Brooks, who turned in 30 strong minutes off the bench, finished with a career-high seven assists, and he tied Monserez for team rebounding honors with six.
Forward Mike King had 12 points, but he was the only UW-Green Bay player to reach double-figures.