BYU men’s basketball defeats San Diego 68-48

Cougars improve to 13-6 overall and 3-1 in the WCC

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brigham Young Cougars forward Fousseyni Traore, shown during a game against Nicholls State in November, scored 15 points as the Cougars beat San Diego on Saturday.

San Diego • Fousseyni Traore’s 15 points helped BYU defeat San Diego 68-48 on Saturday night.

Traore also added five rebounds for the Cougars (13-6). Rudi Williams added 13 points while shooting 3 for 9 (0 for 3 from 3-point range) and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line, and he also had six rebounds. Atiki Ally Atiki recorded 12 points and was 4-of-6 shooting and 4 of 4 from the free-throw line.

The Toreros (8-10) were led in scoring by Eric Williams Jr., who finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Wayne McKinney III added 10 points for San Diego. Seikou Sisoho Jawara also recorded nine points.

BYU took the lead with 15:13 remaining in the first half and did not relinquish it. The score was 31-19 at halftime, with Traore racking up nine points. BYU pulled away with a 7-0 run in the second half to extend a 12-point lead to 19 points. They outscored San Diego by eight points in the final half, as Rudi Williams led the way with a team-high nine second-half points.