Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Butler Deals Loss to Cards

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Butler Deals Loss to Cards

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Two kids from Chrysler High in New Castle, Ind., have taken Butler on a Rolls-Royce ride to the school's first Sweet 16 berth.

Two days after Brandon Miller's game-winning runner sent No. 5 seed Mississippi State packing, high school teammate Darnell Archey buried eight 3-pointers and No. 4 seed Louisville, 79-71 yesterday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

"We've been on the same team since we were 10 years old," Archey said after matching his career high with 26 points. "I remember going to the fieldhouse in New Castle just dreaming about stuff like this. This is definitely a dream come true; him having the spotlight on Friday and letting me have the spotlight today."

Butler (27-6) advances to Friday's East regional quarterfinal against top-seeded Oklahoma in Albany, N.Y., marking the third consecutive year a No. 12 seed has advanced to the Sweet 16.

Senior forward Joel Cornette wore an expression of disbelief in the waning seconds of the Bulldogs' second consecutive victory over a top 25 opponent.

"On paper we're nothing. We can't match up with anybody. We shouldn't be here," said Cornette, one of Butler's four senior starters. "We watched TV. We barely even knew we were playing today because nobody talked about [us], nobody cared. Nobody gave us a shot. . . .

"We're still playing for a national championship and we are still here."

It was anything but a smooth ride. Rick Pitino's Cardinals (25-7) built a 15-point lead 10 minutes into the game, only to see it vanish as the Bulldogs regained their composure and found their 3-point shooting stroke.

Trailing 24-9, the Bulldogs outscored the Cardinals 41-15 over the next 16 minutes and led 50-39 with 14:33 to play. Butler sank eight of its season-high 14 3-pointers in that stretch, including three each from Archey and Mike Monserez (14 points). …

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