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Top 25: No. 9 Butler 83, Temple 71

Published January 26, 2013 7:16 pm

Top 25 basketball • Butler improved to 4-1 in the Atlantic 10.
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Indianapolis • Rotnei Clarke scored 24 points in his return from a severely sprained neck, and Khyle Marshall added 19 points to help lead No. 9 Butler to an 83-71 victory over Temple on Saturday.

It was Clarke's first game in two weeks, and he looked as good as ever. The senior knocked down three 3-pointers and 13 of 14 free throws, also opening up things for teammates such as Marshall. The Bulldogs (17-3, 4-1 Atlantic 10) have won 14 of their last 15 with the only blemish since Nov. 21 coming Wednesday at La Salle.

Temple (13-6, 2-3) was led by Khalif Wyatt, who scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half. Scootie Randall had 13.

Butler used a 12-0 first-half run to take control, opened the second half on a 7-0 run to make it 44-34 and finally pulled away with a late 8-0 spurt. —