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Rotnei Clarke nails miracle 30-foot buzzer-beater in Maui

Butler v Xavier

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 13: Travis Taylor #4 of the Xavier Musketeers defends a shot near the basket against Rotnei Clarke #15 of the Butler Bulldogs during the game at Cintas Center on November 13, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 62-47. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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The headline might be a bit of a lie, Butler’s Rotnei Clarke throws up so many prayers from deep, I guess they can’t qualify as “miracles”.

Nonetheless the fifth-year senior took the ball up the floor, weaved across halfcourt and hit the running, one-hander as the buzzer went off to sink Marquette 72-71 in a Maui Invitational classic. Clarke then got mobbed near the Bulldogs’ bench as the little gym at Chaminade University rocked.

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Clarke had an off day, hitting just 7-of-21 shots and 4-of-14 from three for 20 points. Not that it matters when you hit a HORSE-style to win the game on national television. The “nation’s best shooter” strikes again.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.