Butler Opens Home Slate With 60-37 Victory Over Wayne State
Nov. 26, 2002
Senior Joel Cornette scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Butler to a 60-37 victory over visiting Wayne State in a non-conference game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The win boosted the Bulldogs to 2-0, while Wayne State fell to 2-1.
The Bulldogs relied on a familiar staple to defeat Wayne State. Butler's defensive pressure limited the Warriors to 22 points in the first half and just 15 points in the final 20 minutes. The Warriors shot just 26% from the field in the second half and only 32% for the contest.
"We defended well," said Butler head coach Todd Lickliter. "I was pleased with our work on the boards. (Wayne State) was averaging 20 offensive rebounds through their exhibition games and first two games, and we were able to keep them off the offensive boards."
Cornette scored the Bulldogs' first seven points and helped Butler to a 7-2 lead just three and a half minutes into the contest. He opened the game with a slam dunk off of a lob pass from junior Mike Monserez and then added a pair of lay-ups, getting fouled on the final basket.
The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 21-4, before hitting an eight-minute drought that allowed Wayne State to climb back into the contest. The Warriors closed to within five points at 23-18, before Butler closed the first half with a 10-4 scoring run. Senior Darnell Archey sparked the late flurry with five points. Butler led 33-22 at the intermission.
Butler opened the second half with a 10-0 scoring run, sparked by five points from Monserez, to stretch the lead to 21 points and put the game out of reach. The Bulldogs' biggest lead of the game came at 60-32 with 5:35 left in the contest.
Lickliter played 12 players in the contest, with seniors Brandon Miller and Darnell Archey sharing the lead in minutes played with 27 apiece. Junior Duane Lightfoot came off the bench a scored in double-figures for the second consecutive game with 10 points. He also led the Bulldogs in rebounding with eight. Butler out-rebounded Wayne State, 30-20.
Justin Chapman topped the NCAA Division II Warriors with eight points.
The Bulldogs remain at Hinkle Fieldhouse for a game against Ball State on Saturday, Nov. 30. The rivalry game is slated for 7 p.m.