Dec 13, 2003
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Bracey Wright scored 22 points, 16 in the second half, and A.J. Moye added 12 points to lead Indiana past Butler 62-50 on Saturday.
The Hoosiers (4-3) won their second straight game, while Butler (3-4) lost its second straight for the second time this season.
The Bulldogs, who reached the NCAA's round of 16 and upset Indiana the last time the teams met two years ago, played their usual deliberate style and made things difficult for Indiana much of the day. But the Hoosiers tightened their defense in the final seven minutes and used a 10-0 run and solid free throw shooting to pull away.
Indiana appeared to take control several times earlier in the game, but Butler answered quickly each time and stayed close.
A 16-4 run in the first half gave Indiana a 26-16 lead, but the Bulldogs ran off eight straight points and trailed just 30-27 at halftime.
Wright scored 13 of the Hoosiers' first 15 points in the second half, helping them to a 45-36 lead, but Butler charged back again with seven straight points and closed to 45-43 with 7:13 to go.
After Avery Sheets hit a 7-foot runner with 6:29 to go, however, the Bulldogs could not overcome their cold shooting.
Sheets led Butler with 15 points, while Mike Monserez added eight.