BYU Falls To Butler Despite Big Performance From Traore

Nov 24, 2022, 7:30 PM | Updated: 7:35 pm

BYU Basketball, Fousseyni Traore, Battle 4 Atlantis...

BYU basketball forward Fousseyni Traore had a great performance against Butler in the Battle 4 Atlantis. But it wasn't enough as BYU drops to 0-2 in the tournament. (Elizabeth Weiler, KSL NewsRadio)

(Elizabeth Weiler, KSL NewsRadio)

PROVO, Utah – BYU basketball falls to 0-2 in the Battle 4 Atlantis after losing to Butler, 75-70. The loss drops BYU to 3-3 overall on the season.

BYU basketball falls to 0-2 at the Battle 4 Atlantis

Fousseyni Traore had an excellent game, finishing with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 assists in 30 minutes of action.

BYU basketball will close out its visit in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament on Friday at 1:30 p.m. against the Dayton Flyers. The winner will claim a 7th-place finish.

Here’s a recap of how the BYU/Butler game played out.

Starting Lineups

First Half

  • 19:56 – Spencer Johnson grabs the tip-off and finds an open Gideon George for a quick score. Excellent start for BYU. BYU 2, Butler 0
  • Pause in the action for a clock operator issue.
  • 18:07 – Butler’s Manny Bates, a grad transfer from NC State, picked up his second foul. Butler 6, BYU 3
  • 16:01 – BYU shoots 40% from the field, while Butler goes into the first media timeout at 71%. Butler 10, BYU 5
  • 14:01 – BYU basketball ends a three-minute scoring drought with a layup from Fousseyni Traore after grabbing an offensive rebound. Butler 14, BYU 7

  • 11:16 – BYU is up to seven turnovers and Butler has scored 10 points off turnovers. Butler 20, BYU 11
  • 9:34 – First three-pointer of the game for BYU. Noah Waterman buried a three on the wing. Butler 24, BYU 18
  • 6:51 – BYU hasn’t knocked down a field goal in the last 2:43 of action. Butler 26, BYU 20
  • 4:16 – BYU missed a three-point attempt from Rudi Williams, but Jaxson Robinson got the offensive rebound. He had a shot at the rim that went in-and-out. Butler 28, BYU 23
  • 3:41 – Butler then popped off a 6-0 run over a 44-second stretch. Butler 32, BYU 23
  • 1:19 – BYU has knocked down its last three field goal attempts. Butler 35, BYU 30
  • 1.8 – Atiki Ally Atiki comes up with a block at the final horn. Butler 37, BYU 30

Halftime: Butler 37, BYU 30

Notable halftime stats

  • All five of BYU’s starters are in the negative in plus/minus, with Gideon George the lowest at minus-11.
  • BYU has turned the ball over on 25.7% of their possessions. In total, through the first 20 minutes, BYU has committed nine turnovers.
  • BYU’s leading scorer is Fousseyni Traore, Noah Waterman, and Gideon George, all with five points each.
  • The last lead for BYU was at the 19:01 mark with a 3-2 lead.

BYU basketball starts strong, but Butler holds them off

  • 18:46 – Strong start from BYU as they open up with a 5-0 run. Butler’s Thad Matta burns an early timeout. Butler 37, BYU 35

  • 17:22 – BYU opened the second half on a 12-0 run, the longest run of the season for the Cougars. BYU 42, Butler 37

  • 15:03 – BYU is shooting 60% from the field and 66.7% from three-point range. They hold a lead at the first media timeout. BYU 44, Butler 42
  • 12:42 – Butler bounces back with a 7-2 run of their own. Amid that run, there was an out of bounds call on BYU that appeared to go off Butler. No review. Butler 49, BYU 46
  • 11:49 – Butler’s Jayden Taylor is up to 20 points. It’s the most points he scored in a game against a Division I team. Butler 52, BYU 48

  • 9:09 – Fouss Traore ends a three-minute scoring drought with a bucket at the hoop. Traore is putting on a clinic with some of his low-post moves. Butler 54, BYU 50
  • 8:53 – Officials called a foul on Rudi Williams on a play where Traore got a clean steal. It negated a breakaway layup for Fouss.
  • 7:39 – BYU is shooting 21% from three so far on the night. In a surprising twist, Butler now has more turnovers than BYU. Butler 56, BYU 51
  • 5:06 – Butler came up with a 50/50 loose ball and found a wide-open Eric Hunter Jr. for a corner three. Butler 65, BYU 57

  • 3:58 – Fousseyni Traore has earned his second double-double of the season with 17 points, 10 rebounds. Butler doesn’t have an answer for Traore down in the post. Butler 65, BYU 61
  • 2:29 – BYU’s zone defense has given Butler some headaches. The Bulldogs call a timeout. They haven’t scored a field goal in the last 2:41 of action. Butler 66, BYU 65
  • 2:08 – Eric Hunter Jr. knocks down a highly contested three for Butler out of the timeout. Butler 69, BYU 65
  • 1:54 – Gideon George comes up with an old-fashioned three-point play to answer with an and-one. Butler 69, BYU 68

  • 1:06 – Rudi Williams had an excellent crossover that freed him up for an open three-pointer, but the attempt came up short. Butler 69, BYU 68
  • 37.1 – Butler Manny Bates catches a lop and throws down a dunk. Butler 71, BYU 68
  • 33.9 – Mark Pope calls a timeout.
  • 12.3 – Gideon George misses a three-pointer. Butler then knocks down two free throws. Butler 73, BYU 68

FINAL: Butler 75, BYU 70

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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