Dec. 22, 2003
UW-Green Bay hit 13 of its final 17 shots and picked up its first win in Hinkle Fieldhouse in eight years with a 70-63 victory over Butler on Monday, Dec. 22. The decision in the Horizon League-opener for both teams lifted the Phoenix to 5-4 on the season, while Butler fell to 4-5.
The Phoenix shook off a 25-24 halftime deficit by shooting 77% from the field in the final 20 minutes. Javier Mendiburu hit a three-point field goal with just over seven minutes remaining to break a 46-46 tie and give UW-Green Bay the lead for good. Mendiburu's basket sparked a 14-4 scoring run that lifted the Phoenix to a double-digit lead.
"They came into our place and beat us," said Butler coach Todd Lickliter. "They shot the ball well and they executed. We struggled to execute all night."
Senior Mike Monserez led the Bulldogs with 17 points, but he was the only Butler player to reach double-figures. The Bulldogs played without second-leading scorer Duane Lightfoot, who's nursing an ankle injury, and freshman Brandon Crone, who underwent knee surgery on Monday.
Senior Mike King came off the bench to lead the Phoenix with 15 points. Junior college transfer Brandon Morris added 14 and sophomore Terry Parker had 12.
Butler held the Phoenix to 35% shooting in the first half, while grabbing the one-point lead.
The loss snapped Butler's 21-game winning steak in Hinkle Fieldhouse. It also ended the Bulldogs' streak of seven straight home wins over the Phoenix.