Dec. 29, 2002
Senior Darnell Archey scored a team-high 16 points and three other Butler players scored in double-figures to lead the Bulldogs to a 67-48 victory over Texas-Pan American in the first round of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic at the Stan Sherriff Center on the University of Hawaii campus on Saturday, Dec. 28. It was Butler's ninth straight win to open the season, while UTPA fell to 4-9.
Archey helped the Bulldogs to a strong start with 14 points in the first half. Butler scored the first eight points of the game, including three by Archey, and led by as many as 18 points in the first half. Archey nailed his first three three-point field goal attempts and finished the first half with four three-pointers in seven attempts.
The slender Butler guard added a pair of free throws in the second half to run his streak of consecutive free throws made to 66 in a row.
Butler, one of eight remaining unbeaten teams in Division I, never trailed in the contest, but the Broncs did cut the Bulldogs' margin to eight early in the second half by scoring the first seven points of the period. Duane Lightfoot, who finished with 12 points, broke Butler's brief dry spell with a layup and the Bulldogs maintained a double-figures lead for the rest of the game. The Bulldogs' biggest lead came at 59-37 on a pair of free throws by senior Brandon Miller with 6:58 left in the game.
Miller and junior Mike Monserez added 12 points, apiece, to the Butler attack. Monserez led the Bulldogs with seven rebounds, while Miller topped the squad with five assists.
Butler, which has tied the seventh-longest winning streak in school history, hit 10 of 26 three-point field goal attempts in the game. Monserez finished with three, while Miller added a pair.
The Broncs were led by Kevin Mitchell with 16 points and seven rebounds.
UTPA was the sixth team this season that Butler held under 50 points. The Bulldogs lead the NCAA Division I in team scoring defense.
Butler advances to the second round of the Rainbow Classic against the winner of the Western Kentucky-Chicago State game. That contest will be played on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 10 p.m. (EST)