Traore scores 19 to carry BYU past Liberty 80-75

BYU guard Trevin Knell (21) and forward Fousseyni Traore (45) slap hands during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Liberty on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Honolulu • Fousseyni Traore scored 19 points as BYU narrowly beat Liberty 80-75 in the Diamond Head Classic on Saturday.

Trevin Knell added 15 points and Te’Jon Lucas had 11 for BYU (11-3).

Darius McGhee had 29 points for the Flames (8-6). Shiloh Robinson added 11 points.