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Butler’s Rotnei Clarke Scores 24 in Australia

Author: W. Dawkins
Butler’s Rotnei Clarke Scores 24 in Australia

Former Butler star Rotnei Clarke poured in 24 points for the Illawarra Hawks in a 91-73 loss to Melbourne United in the Australia National Basketball League (NBL).

 

The 6-0 guard sank 4 threes, while shooting 57 percent (4-of-7) from behind the arc and 50 percent (5-of-10) from two-point range.

 

Clarke also 3 assists and 2 rebounds in the game.

 

Cody Ellis (St. Louis) added 14 points for Illawarra in the loss.

 

For Melbourne, Casey Prather (Florida) had 18 points with 8 rebounds, while Josh Boone (UConn) added 15 points with 14 rebounds in the win.

 

But the star of this game was Clarke, who is the NBL’s leading scorer this season, averaging 19.5 points and 3 assists for the Hawks.

 

A college star at Butler, Clarke led the team in scoring (16.9), three-point field goals (115), free throw shooting (.886) and minutes played (33.3) as a senior in 2012-13, guiding the Bulldogs to a 27-9 record and the NCAA Tournament.

 

He was named to the All Atlantic 10 Conference First Team and his 115 threes that season ranked third all-time for trifectas in a single season in school history.

 

A transfer from Arkansas, Clarke averaged 15.2 points as a junior for the Razorbacks before coming to Butler.

 

He was the Australia National Basketball League MVP back in 2014 when led the NBL in threes (95), and was fourth in scoring (21.1) playing for the Wollongong Hawks.

 

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