Taylor scores 20, Butler knocks off BYU at Battle 4 Atlantis

Nov 24, 2022, 4:55 AM | Updated: 7:00 pm
In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, Butler's Jayden Taylor (13) is defended by BYU's Gi...

In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, Butler's Jayden Taylor (13) is defended by BYU's Gideon George during an NCAA college basketball game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)

(Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)

              In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, BYU's Rudi Williams pass the ball as Butler's Connor Turnbull, right, and Pierce Thomas defend during an NCAA college basketball game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)
            
              In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, Butler's Simas Lukosius points to a teammate during an NCAA college basketball game against BYU in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)
            
              In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, BYU's Spencer Johnson shoots next to Butler's Connor Turnbull during an NCAA college basketball game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)
            
              In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, Butler's Manny Bates, left, passes the ball as BYU's Richie Saunders reaches for it during an NCAA college basketball game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)
            
              In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, Butler's Jayden Taylor is defended by BYU's Gideon George as Butler's Simas Lukosius watches during an NCAA college basketball game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)
            
              In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, Butler's Manny Bates goes up for a dunk against BYU during an NCAA college basketball game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)
            
              In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, Butler's Eric Hunter Jr. goes to the basket between BYU's Rudi Williams (3) and Spencer Johnson during an NCAA college basketball game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)
            
              In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, Butler's Jayden Taylor (13) is defended by BYU's Gideon George during an NCAA college basketball game in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Jayden Taylor scored 20 points, Eric Hunter Jr. added 19 points and Butler defeated BYU 75-70 in Thursday’s consolation bracket at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Butler led for over 34 minutes, but never had a double-digit advantage. BYU scored the opening 12 points of the second half, its longest run of the season, to take a 42-37 lead, but Taylor stopped the run with a 3-pointer and Manny Bates tied it on a dunk.

Bates gave Butler the lead for good at the 13:18 mark. BYU pulled within 69-68 with 1:54 left but the Cougars didn’t score again until two seconds left, and Hunter sealed it with two free throws.

Simas Lukosius and Bates each scored 14 for the Bulldogs (4-2).

The Cougars (3-3) were led by Fousseyni Traore, who recorded 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 advanced to Friday’s fifth-place game to face North Carolina State. BYU will play Dayton in the seventh-place game.

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