BYU basketball takes another loss at Battle 4 Atlantis to Butler

Butler 75, BYU 70

For BYU, the previous couple of days in The Bahamas have not felt very like paradise.

For the second consecutive evening, the Cougars misplaced a sport in The Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island.

This time, on Thanksgiving evening, BYU fell 75-70 to Butler within the comfort spherical at Imperial Arena.

“We’re studying so much about ourselves. We realized so much about ourselves final evening,” stated coach Mark Pope. “I believed the fellows made important enhancements from yesterday in among the methods we approached the sport. We nonetheless got here up empty tonight. That’s actually, actually discouraging. But we’ll proceed to get higher. These video games give you a chance to do it.”

Cougar sophomore Fousseyni Traore scored a game-high, and season-high, 21 factors on 8 of 12 capturing from the sector and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds (tying his career-high). He was additionally 5 of 6 from the free throw line.

“I simply have to hold believing in myself and hold working,” Traore stated of his efficiency.

However, paying homage to BYU’s setback Wednesday to USC that noticed Trojan guard Boogie Ellis pour in a career-high 27 factors, Butler’s Jayden Taylor and Eric Hunter Jr. couldn’t be stopped. Taylor and Hunter scored 20 and 19 factors, respectively, and so they every knocked down three 3-pointers.

Butler (4-2) outshot BYU 53% to 42% from the ground. The Cougars made simply 3 of 20 3-pointers.

BYU (3-3) outrebounded the Bulldogs 39-27 and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds. The Cougars outscored Butler within the paint 46-34.

Turnovers have been a evident weak spot for BYU this season. The Cougars dedicated solely 13 towards Butler whereas forcing the Bulldogs into 16. BYU scored 21 factors off Bulldog turnovers.

“(*4*) these stretches of video games, coach has emphasised how essential it’s to care for the ball,” stated guard Rudi Williams, who completed with 12 factors. “I really feel like 13 is greater than we most likely needed to however it’s on the decline. We’re going to hold engaged on that and minimizing that quantity.”

The Cougars simply could not overcome a poor capturing evening from 3-point territory.

Still, BYU had loads of possibilities to pull out a win.

A jumper by Traore with 3:11 remaining minimize BYU’s deficit to 66-63, then a steal by Gideon George and subsequent layup by Williams made it 66-65.

But each time the Cougars drew shut, the Bulldogs responded. Hunter buried a 3-pointer with 2:08 left. An and-one by George sliced ​​the deficit to 69-68. BYU by no means might seize a lead late.

George, who ended up with 14 factors and 6 rebounds, missed a 3 with 18 seconds remaining and Butler hit 4 clutch free throws over the ultimate 12 seconds to seal the victory.

“They made actually massive performs down the stretch,” Pope stated. “It was an amazing win for them.”

Trailing 37-30 at halftime, the Cougars went on a 12-0 run to begin the second half, together with 3-pointers by Williams and Jaxson Robinson.

But BYU failed to make another 3-pointer the remainder of the sport.

In all, Butler had 4 gamers rating in double figures. Manny Bates and Simas Lukosius scored 14 apiece for the Bulldogs.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, guard Spencer Johnson absorbed a blow late within the sport, stopping him from being on the ground in the course of the essential ultimate moments.

“Spencer had slightly well being difficulty,” Pope stated. “We’ll see what that seems to be.”

BYU will look to salvage a win in its Battle 4 Atlantis look Friday (1:30 pm, MST, ESPNU) when it takes on Dayton (3-3).

The Flyers misplaced 76-64 to North Carolina State earlier Thursday.

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