BROOKLYN, New York (ABC4 Sports) – The BYU men’s basketball fell 71-59 Friday afternoon to No. 25 Alabama at the Steinberg Wellness Center on the campus of LIU-Brooklyn as part of the Barclays Center Classic.
Yoeli Childs led all players with 21 points to go with 11 boards. TJ Haws collected nine points and six assists while Jahshire Hardnett had six points and five assists.
Elijah Bryant hit a 3-pointer to start the game, giving BYU (3-2) its only lead of the afternoon. Alabama (5-0) countered with a 7-0 run to go up 7-3, forcing a Cougar timeout.
The Crimson Tide continued to roll from there, taking a 12-point lead from a dunk, 20-8, with 14 minutes remaining in the half.
BYU countered with an 8-2 rally, which included a pair of buckets by Hardnett, to get back within six, trailing 22-16.
A free throw, layup and dunk from Childs kept the Cougars in the game, down 27-21, but Alabama scored eight of the next nine points to re-extend its advantage to 35-22.
Childs then posted three-straight buckets, including two dunks, forcing the Crimson Tide to take a timeout ahead by seven, 35-28, with just over four minutes left before halftime.
Luke Worthington hit a shot from the charity stripe in the closing seconds of the half to get BYU back within 11, trailing 42-31 at the break.
A Bryant layup kept the Cougars within striking distance, down 46-39, but Alabama scored the next seven points to go back up 53-39 with 11:59 remaining in the game.
BYU struggled to hit long-distance shots as the Crimson Tide followed up a Cougar miss with a 3-pointer, making it 61-47.
Zac Zeljaas then hit back-to-back treys to get within eight, down 63-55, but it wasn’t enough as Alabama took the game 71-59.
BYU stays in Brooklyn for its next game, competing against Massachusetts Saturday, Nov. 25, at 12:30 p.m. MST at the Barclays Center.