LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Butler's Rotnei Clarke hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to shock Marquette 72-71 on Monday at the start of the Maui Invitational.
Clarke hit the improbable basket after the Bulldogs (2-1) drove the length of the court down two points with less than 8 seconds left.Clarke -- who had missed most of his 3-point shots for the game -- made the shot from the right side and was mobbed on the gym floor by his teammates after it went through.Marquette's Andrew Thomas hit an acrobatic putback layup and made a free throw to put the Golden Eagles (2-1) up three with 30.9 seconds left. Clarke missed a 3-pointer for the tie, but Erik Fromm got an offensive rebound and made a layup with 9 seconds left. Clarke fouled Marquette's Junior Cadougan on the next play, but Cadougan missed his second free throw to set up the winning shot.Clarke had 20 points and made just 4 of 14 3-point attempts. But the shots he hit came in big moments, including two to tie in the first half.None were bigger than the last shot in a tournament built on celebrating improbable upsets.Khyle Marshall had 24 points and nine rebounds for Butler. Vander Blue scored 21 points for the Golden Eagles.Marquette went on a quick 12-0 run after Marshall scored the opening basket for Butler. But the Bulldogs grinded their way back, making a few more baskets during a stretch in which both teams kept a frenetic pace, but neither shot particularly well.Clarke hit a 3-pointer with just under 4 minutes left in the half to tie the game at 23, and Butler went into halftime with a 31-30 lead.The teams then traded blows from the start in the second half. Cadougan hit a jumper 3 minutes in to give Marquette a one-point lead, Marshall responded with an alley-oop dunk from Jones, then Anderson shot back with a reverse layup to put the Golden Eagles back up again.Marquette maintained a small lead through the bulk of the last 10 minutes of the game.The game had three ties and four lead changes.---Oskar Garcia can be reached on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oskargarcia .
Great ending in the 1st game of the Maui Invitational, as Butler gets a buzzer-beater from Arkansas transfer Rotnei Clarke. In the final 5:30 of the game, there were 17 possessions and Butler scored on all 9 of theirs, while Marquette scored on 7 of their 8: