INDIANAPOLIS -- Rotnei Clarke scored 16 points to help No. 15 Butler defeat Duquesne 68-49 on Tuesday night.
Khyle Marshall scored 14 points, Kellen Dunham added 11 and Andrew Smith had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (22-5, 9-3 Atlantic Ten), who have won five of six. The Bulldogs lost their previous home game last Wednesday against Charlotte, but they made 10 of 21 3-pointers and shot 44 percent from the field overall after shooting below 40 percent in their previous three games. The Bulldogs had 15 assists on 24 baskets.
Derrick Colter scored 11 points and was the only Duquesne player to reach double figures. The Dukes (8-18, 1-11) shot just 37 percent from the field and were outrebounded 36-28. Duquesne remained in last place in the conference, but the Dukes had Butler's attention after beating Temple on Feb. 14.
Marshall scored nine points in the first 5:10 of the second half to extend Butler's 14-point halftime lead to 20. A 3-pointer by Clarke pushed Butler's lead to 57-35 with just over nine minutes to go.
The Bulldogs now can focus on their showdown with Saint Louis on Friday. The Billikens defeated Butler 75-58 on Jan. 31 in St. Louis.
Duquesne went scoreless for the first 3:34 and fell behind 6-0. A 3-pointer by Clarke gave the Bulldogs an 11-4 lead. Duquesne's Colter hit a 3-pointer to cut Butler's lead to 15-12, but Clarke came back with a 3-pointer that rattled in. A running floater by Clarke pushed the lead to eight.
A flurry by Dunham that included two 3-pointers pushed Butler's lead to 28-17 and caused the Dukes to call a timeout. Andrew Smith, Butler's 6-11 center, hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of the first half to help the Bulldogs take a 36-22 lead into halftime. Butler made 7-of-13 3-pointers in the first half, and the Bulldogs held the Dukes to 9-for-26 shooting before the break.
NOTES: It was Smith's second game back after missing the Charlotte game with an abdominal injury. ... Butler won its first 12 home games this season before the loss to Charlotte. ... Duquesne had an 11-game losing streak this season which lasted from Dec. 22 to Feb. 14. ... Duquesne freshman Jeremiah Jones is from Gary, Ind.