Published: January 19, 2018
Frank Bartley IV did something on Thursday night that his former BYU teammates haven’t been able to do for the last two seasons – beat Texas-Arlington.
Bartley finished with a game-high 26 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the field, including 3-for-8 from downtown and a perfect 9-for-9 from the foul line as his Ragin’ Cajuns knocked off the Mavericks 77-65. He added two rebounds and an assist in 35 minutes of work.
Bartley did most of his damage on the offensive end in the second half as he helped to carry the Ragin’ Cajuns back from a 12-point deficit to knock off the Mavericks on the road. He started off his second half scoring barrage with a pair of threes in the first two minutes, including a four-point play to close the gap to seven.
He then went to work in the paint and from the foul line as he added a pair of layups and six free-throws as the Ragin’ Cajuns improved to 16-3 on the season, including 6-0 in Sun Belt play.
It was his 17th double-figure scoring game of the season and his fifth time scoring more than 20 points.
Through 18 games, he is averaging 16.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 28.7 minutes.
Jamal Aytes also had a very impressive offensive performance on Thursday night in a 80-76 loss by Southern Utah against the Idaho Vandals. In the setback, he totaled 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the floor while grabbing three rebounds in just 12 minutes.
It was his fourth game in a row where he scored in double figures while shooting better than 65 percent from the floor.
On the season, he is averaging 11.5 points on 56.4 percent shooting with 5.1 rebounds in 18.5 minutes a night through 17 games.
While Bartley and Aytes were playing well at the college level, Charles Abouo was delivering one of his best games since going to France.
In a 73-57 win over Saint-Chamond, Abouo scored a game and season-high 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting from the field, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range while making his only free-throw attempt. He added six rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes off the bench.
Abouo got things going from the moment he stepped on the floor with nine first-quarter points as Fos-sur-Mer opened up an 11-point lead. He added 10 second-quarter points on a pair of layups, a 3-point play and a three to finish the first half with 19 of his team’s 38 points.
Following a scoreless third quarter where he didn’t take a shot, Abouo went off in the fourth thanks to some terrific shooting from the outside. He totaled 11 points, including three of his team-best five makes from beyond the arc.
Through 15 league games, he is averaging 12.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting from the field to go along with 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.5 steals in 27.5 minutes a night.