DAYTON, Ohio -- Butler guard Rotnei Clarke was injured on a hard foul on Saturday in a game against Dayton and taken out of the University of Dayton Arena on a stretcher. A Butler spokesman said Clarke was taken to a hospital for X-rays. Clarke was attacking the basket after recording a steal when he took what appeared to be a shot to the shoulder from Dayton's Matt Derenbecker with 8:13 left in the first half. The official trailing the play immediately ruled it an intentional foul, and Clarke had words with Derenbecker while laying on his back. An on-site doctor was the first person to reach Clarke, followed by Butler coach Brad Stevens. After several minutes, paramedics stabilized his neck before placing him first onto a backboard, then in a neck brace and on to a stretcher. Clarke was moving his head, arms and legs before the paramedics arrived. A 6-foot senior, Clarke leads No. 17 Butler at 17 points per game and came into the game as the nation's second-best 3-point shooter this season at 58-for-131 (44 percent). A transfer from Arkansas, Clarke sat out last season after averaging 15.2 points per game and being named second-team All-SEC in 2010-11.
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