ATHENS — BYU's Brock Zylstra scored a team-high 26 points, but the Cougar basketball team fell to the Italian National Team, 102-63, Wednesday in the Acropolis of Athens Tournament at the Olympic Center.29 comments on this story
The Italians, led by three NBA players, including Andrea Bargnani of the Toronto Raptors, led 43-36 at halftime, then exploded in the second half to outscore BYU, 59-27.
Freshman DeMarcus Harrison chipped in 12 points while Charles Abouo added eight. Noah Hartsock recorded six points and 10 rebounds.
The loss to Italy, which is ranked No. 7 in the FIBA world rankings, concludes BYU's trip to Greece. The Cougars previously defeated the Athens All-Stars, 88-56, then crushed ASE Doukas of the Greece B League, 114-45, before playing in the Acropolis of Athens Tournament.
Greece, ranked No. 4 in the FIBA rankings, dominated BYU, 83-54, Tuesday.