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Butler guard recognized for strong play

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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.