December 31, 2002

Butler Defeated By Hawaii In Overtime

Dec 31, 2002

Box Score

HONOLULU (AP) - Michael Kuebler had 29 points, including 25 in the second half, to rally Hawaii from a 21-point deficit and defeat Butler 81-78 in overtime to defend its Rainbow Classic title on Monday night.

Kuebler also had six free throws in overtime to secure the win for the Rainbow Warriors (7-1), which gave the Bulldogs (10-1) its first loss of the season.

Carl English, named the tournament's most valuable player, overcame a slow start and finished with 21 points, including 17 in the second half.

Butler took a 21-point lead twice in the first half and appeared to have the game put away, leading 64-49 with 4:02 left. But Hawaii went on a 19-4 run, with English getting nine points and Kuebler eight, tieing it 66-66 on Kuebler's free throws, sending the game into overtime.

Bruce Horan came off the bench and took control of the game early, hitting five straight 3-pointers during a 21-2 run, giving Butler a 35-14 lead. During the run that lasted 6:46, Hawaii managed just one basket.

The Rainbow Warriors answered with a 12-2 run to close out the half and pull to 37-26. Haim Shimonovich had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Hawaii.

Duane Lightfoot Jr. led Butler with 18 points before fouling out. Horan finished with 15 while Brandon Miller and Mike Monserez had 12 each.