Butler 64, Youngstown St. 60
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Darnell Archey and Mike Monserez each hit four 3-pointers and scored 15 points apiece Saturday as Butler, off to the best start in the school’s basketball history, beat Youngstown State 64-60.
The Bulldogs (15-1, 5-0 Horizon League) built a 14-point lead in the first half, then held off the Penguins (6-9, 2-3) in the closing minutes after Archey’s NCAA Division I consecutive free throw record ended at 85 in a row.
Archey hit his first attempt with 3:42 remaining, giving Butler a 56-51 lead, but his second shot rolled off the right side of the rim.
Marlon Williamson then hit three straight 3-pointers as Youngstown State pulled within 63-60 with 17 seconds to go. Monserez clinched the victory by hitting one of two free throws with five seconds remaining as Butler handed the Penguins their 25th straight loss away from home.
Brandon Miller and Duane Lightfoot added 10 points each for Butler. Youngstown State was led by Adam Baumann, who matched his career high with 25 points, and Williamson with 9 points.
Archey did not attempt a free throw in the first half, but the Bulldogs’ early barrage of 3-pointers quickly put them in control.
Butler’s first four baskets were 3-pointers, including two by Archey and one by Monserez that put the Bulldogs in front for good at 12-10. Lightfoot, who came in as the nation’s field goal percentage leader at .693, then hit two straight from under the basket following Youngstown turnovers.
Butler completed a 12-3 run with two baskets by Ben Grunst and took its biggest lead at 34-20 on consecutive 3-pointers by Miller and Archey. Baumann scored the next three baskets to cut Butler’s lead to 34-26 at halftime.
The Bulldogs built the lead back to 12 before the final rally by Youngstown.