BYU basketball: Tyler Haws hasn't missed a beat — or many shots — since returning from LDS mission

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013 2:10 a.m. MST

On Dec. 29, Haws poured in a career-high 42 points against Virginia Tech, tying Fredette for the eighth-best single-game scoring performance in school history.

"The thing that Tyler does really well is he scores in different ways," Marty said.

In that win, Tyler surpassed his dad's top-scoring game — 40 points — which Marty achieved in 1989.

"Of course, any dad would want their son to break any record they had," Marty said. "I don't think Tyler knew about it. I think he found out after the game that I had scored 40 in a game. When they told him after, I know he got a big smile on his face. He's had a lot of fun with it since then. It's a great accomplishment."

Last week, Tyler hit a tough fadeaway shot with 2.5 seconds remaining against Saint Mary's that gave the Cougars a two-point lead. But BYU ended up losing, 70-69.

Haws scored 23 points against the Gaels, then poured in 25 more last Saturday against San Diego.

Will Haws' mission comeback be a pattern for future returned missionaries to follow?

"In some ways, I think it will serve as some sort of a blueprint," Marty said. "Everybody is trying to figure out if there is a best way to do that. I think for everybody it will be different.

"A lot has been made of the way he went about it. But a lot of it is attributed to Tyler, and the fact he's a good player. It's been fun to watch him be needed and for him to step up and be able to do the things we've watched him do for a long time."

Haws at a glance

Position: guard

Height/weight: 6-5, 200

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Alpine

High school: Lone Peak

Entering Monday's games, Haws was No. 7 in the nation in scoring, averaging 21.6 points per game

Entering Monday's games, Haws was No. 8 in the nation in free throw shooting at 91.9 percent (102-of-111)

Scored 20-plus points in 14 of 20 games this season and has scored in double figures in 19 of 20 games

Scored a career-high 42 points against Virginia Tech in December, including 29 in the first half

Averages a team-high 33 minutes per game

Shoots 48.6 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range

No. 2 on the team in rebounds (101, 5.1 rpg) and No. 2 in steals (27).

Email: jeffc@desnews.com

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