NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Jayden Taylor scored 20 points, Eric Hunter Jr. added 19 points and Butler defeated BYU 75-70 in Thursday’s consolation round at Battle 4 Atlantis.
Butler led for 34 minutes but never had a double-digit lead. BYU scored the first 12 points of the second half, their longest run of the season, and took a 42-37 lead, but Taylor stopped the run with a 3-pointer and Manny Bates equalized with a dunk.
Bates finally gave Butler the lead at 13:18. BYU pulled to the left within 69-68 with 1:54, but the Cougars didn’t score another goal until two seconds from time, and Hunter sealed it with two free throws.
Simas Lukosius and Bates each scored 14 points for the Bulldogs (4-2).
The Cougars (3-3) were led by Fousseyni Traore, who had 21 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Gideon George added 14 points, six rebounds and three steals and Rudi Williams had 12 points.
Butler reached the fifth place game on Friday to take on North Carolina State. BYU plays Dayton in the seventh place game.
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