Posted January 27, 2013 on AP on Fox
Rotnei Clarke is back and so is No. 9 Butler. After missing the last two weeks with a severely sprained neck, the fearless shooting guard returned Saturday and scored 24 points, knocked down three 3-pointers, made 13 of 14 free throws, dished out a career-high nine assists and led the Bulldogs to an 83-71 victory over Temple. Welcome back, kid. ''It felt really good. When something like that happens, it puts a lot of things in perspective,'' Clarke said. ''I felt pretty normal.'' For most of the day, he looked like his old self, too. Clarke repeatedly sent 3-pointers over the outstretched arms of defenders, confounding and frustrating them at the same time. He drove relentlessly through the lane, crashing hard to the floor once in each half. Yes, it brought back memories of that Jan. 12 play at Dayton when he crashed head first into a padded basket support head first and then stayed down for eight minutes before being taken off on a stretcher. On...
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