Men's College Basketball
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                    === No. 11 Butler slips past Fordham ===
 Bronx,  NY  (Sports  Network)   - Rotnei  Clarke  scored  22  points  to  lead
 11th-ranked Butler to a 68-63 victory over Fordham on Saturday.
 Roosevelt Jones had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Andrew Smith scored 12
 points  for the  Bulldogs (21-5, 8-3 A-10),  who came into the game off a loss
 against Charlotte on Wednesday.
 "It  was a great win," Butler coach Brad Stevens said. "They were very hard to
 Chris  Gaston recorded  21 points and six  rebounds off the bench for the Rams
 (6-20,  2-9),  who have lost  six consecutive  games. Mandell Thomas scored 12
 points and Travion Leonard registered 10 points and nine rebounds.
 "We just played the No. 11 team in the country down to the wire," Fordham head
 coach  Tom  Pecora said. "I  was happy with our  effort today. Even though the
 record might not show it, we're getting better as a team."
 Entering  the  second half, Butler held  a 30-26 margin. However, an early 9-0
 run by Fordham gave the team a 35-30 advantage with 16 minutes left to go.
 However,  Butler  scored 13 unanswered  points over  the next three minutes to
 take a 43-35 lead and the Bulldogs never looked back.
 Fordham clawed  its way back through the rest of the half  and got within two,
 65-63, with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.
 A trio of free throws, though, gave Butler a 68-63 advantage with five seconds
 to go, putting the game out of reach.
 Butler  opened up the game with a 7-0 run, but Fordham returned the favor with
 a 9-0 run of its own. A dunk by Smith tied the game at 9-9 with 11:49 to go.
 A  pair of  free throws by Ryan Rhoomes  and a layup by Leonard gave Fordham a
 13-9 lead and the Rams held on to the lead for nearly the rest of the half.
 With  1:05 remaining, Jones made a layup while drawing a foul off Leonard, but
 couldn't get the free throw in. Clarke then scored from beyond the arc.
 Branden  Frazier  attempted to shoot with  two seconds left, but Kameron Woods
 stole the ball as the first half came to a close.
                                   Game Notes
 Clarke  made all six  of his free throws, including four in the final 1:54 ...
 Saturday's contest  was the  first time  Butler and Fordham  played each other
 since March 12, 1959, a 94-80 Butler win in the first round of the NIT.
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