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Butler's Clarke crashes into stanchion, taken off on stretcher

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

Rotnei Clarke, Butler's leading scorer, left the first half of his team's game at Dayton on Saturday after he crashed into the basket stanchion on a breakaway layup attempt.

Clarke's injury came via a Flagrant 1 call against the Flyers' Matt Derenbecker, seen above trying to swat away Clarke's attempt, instead ushering in a cringing incident. Clarke was on the ground for nearly eight minutes as he was examined by team trainers. It has been reported that he initially felt numbness in his hands. The good news: Although Clarke was strapped to a gurney, he gave a thumbs-up to an applauding crowd as he was wheeled out of the arena.

Clarke was taken to local hospital for treatment and to undergo a CT scan and X-rays, according to a Butler spokesman.

Clarke is said to have suffered no spinal damage, per our own Jeff Goodman. The Indianapolis Star's David Woods reports Clarke will travel back with the team.

Clarke's father, Conley Clarke, texted CBSSports.com Saturday night with the following: "At the gym we had a very negative report. From the time Rot got from the gym to the hospital he had improved. All results came back negative. He WALKED out of the hospital a few minutes ago. ... Pray he returns to court soon."

The senior Bulldog is considered one of the best shooters in college basketball. He transferred to Butler after spending three years at Arkansas. Clarke averages 17 points. Butler wound up defeating Dayton without him for most of the game, going on to a 79-73 win and moving to 2-0 in the Atlantic 10, 14-2 overall. The Bulldogs have won 11 in a row.

Here's video of the incident, courtesy of NBC Sports. (GIF above via Gilfumination.)


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