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BYU basketball: Trip to Greece ends with loss to Italian squad

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 24 2011 9:35 p.m. MDT

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.

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.

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