Dec. 20, 2003
Senior Mike Monserez recorded his first career double-double and Butler's defense yielded a season-low for points in the Bulldogs' 57-39 victory over visiting Indiana State at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Dec. 20). The victory evened Butler's record on the season at 4-4, while Indiana State fell to 3-4 on the year.
Monserez led the Bulldogs with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The 11 rebounds tied his career-high, while the 20 points were the most he's scored in the past five Butler games. Monserez had 12 points in the first half and helped the Bulldogs to a 12-point halftime advantage.
Butler's defensive effort was outstanding from the start. The Bulldogs limited Indiana State to just one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the game and to just 16 points in the first half. The 28-16 halftime score was Butler's biggest margin of the first 20 minutes.
"You don't have to shoot it great if you'll guard and do the other important things," said Butler head coach Todd Lickliter after the game. "This was one of our best defensive efforts in the time I've been here."
Indiana State closed to within seven points, 33-26, early in the second half, before the Bulldogs went on a 13-2 run to stretch the lead to 18, 46-28. The Sycamores trailed by double-figures for the rest of the game. Indiana State's final point total was fewest allowed by the Bulldogs since last year's 58-37 home win over UW-Green Bay.
The Bulldogs, who stretched their Hinkle Fieldhouse winning streak to 21 straight games, played without senior forward Duane Lightfoot, who's nursing an ankle injury. Lightfoot is doubtful from Butler's Horizon League opener on Monday, Dec. 22, against UW-Green Bay.