NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) --
Rotnei Clarke hit six three-pointers and finished with 22 points and the
18th-ranked Butler Bulldogs shook off a sluggish start and routed Vanderbilt
68-49 Saturday night for their seventh straight victory.
The Bulldogs (10-2) missed
their first seven three-pointers and led only 25-22 at halftime before taking
control of the game with a 14-3 run to open the second half.
Clarke, who missed his
first six shots, had another memorable game in Memorial Gym. He scored 36
points in January 2011 playing for Arkansas, hitting six-of-eight beyond the arc in
that game. This time around, the senior guard hit 6-of-9 from 3-point range
before Butler coach Brad Stevens starting pulling his starters. Kellen Dunham
added 12 points.
Kyle Fuller led Vanderbilt
with 10 points. Kedren Johnson finished with nine, well below his average of
17.8 points and didn't score until nearly three minutes into the second half.