Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/14/14
(AP) -- Butler got an immediate boost with Rotnei Clarke's return to action and will try to use his help to continue a strong start to its inaugural Atlantic 10 season.The ninth-ranked Bulldogs look to maintain sole possession of first place in the conference by winning at Saint Louis on Thursday night.Clarke missed two weeks after severely spraining his neck when he crashed into a padded basket support at Dayton on Jan. 12. Butler (17-3, 4-1) suffered its first league loss, 54-53 at La Salle on Jan. 23, in one of the three games without him.The senior guard and transfer from Arkansas, averaging a team-best 16.7 points, played well in his first game back, an 83-71 home win over Temple on Saturday. He scored 24 points, made 13 of 14 free-throw attempts and had a career-best nine assists, nearly doubling his previous high."We're better in transition time when Rotnei's in the game because of the way he passes and because he's a threat to shoot when he crosses midcourt," coach Brad Stev...
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