Clarke, No. 9 Butler beat Rhode Island 75-68

Clarke, No. 9 Butler beat Rhode Island 75-68
February 2, 2013, 6:31 pm
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Rhode Island guard Xavier Munford (5) crashes into Butler center Andrew Smith in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Rotnei Clarke scored 23 points, Roosevelt Jones added 18 and No. 9 Butler beat Rhode Island 75-68 on Saturday.

Clarke scored 12 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half. The Bulldogs (18-4, 5-2 Atlantic 10) trailed 32-30 at the break, then went on a 15-3 run.

Nikola Malesecix led Rhode Island (6-14, 1-6) with 18 points in the Rams' fourth straight loss.