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Butler guard recognized for strong play

Butler guard Rotnei Clarke drives the ball against Marquette during the recent Maui Invitational. (File photo by The Associated Press)
Butler guard Rotnei Clarke drives the ball against Marquette during the recent Maui Invitational. (File photo by The Associated Press)

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Clarke excelled in leading Butler in Hawaiian event

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:01 am
Senior Rotnei Clarke, who helped lead Butler to a runner-up finish at the Maui Invitational, has been named Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the period Nov. 19-25. He’s the first Butler player to earn the honor in the Bulldogs’ new conference.

Clarke hit one of the most dramatic shots of the early college season with a 25-footer at the buzzer to lift the Bulldogs past Marquette, 72-71, in the opening game of the Maui Invitational, and then he shared team scoring honors with 17 points in Butler’s victory over ninth-ranked North Carolina, 82-71.

He finished a strong three-day run in Maui with a game-high 27 points against Illinois in the championship game of the tournament.

The 6-foot guard from Verdigris, Okla., averaged 21.3 points in Butler’s three games in Hawaii, and he finished as the second-leading scorer in the Maui Invitational. He was one of six players named to the All-Tournament Team at the eight-team invitational. His 27 points against Illinois were a Butler career-high, while his six rebounds against Marquette matched his career-high.

Clarke also was honored as the High Major Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, a college sports news and opinions website.

The Bulldogs, who are 34th in this week’s Associated Press national poll.

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