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.