Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
PROVO — BYU guard Tyler Haws has experienced a little bit of everything this season.
And, yes, the sophomore from Alpine has gone through his share of ups-and-downs.
Haws erupted for a career-high 42 points on Dec. 29 against Virginia Tech. Last week at Gonzaga, he scored just one point.
Throughout the season, a variety of defenses — including a box-and-one — have been thrown at him.
"I'm used to it by now," Haws said after Tuesday's practice.
Haws, who returned from his LDS mission to the Philippines last April, has been very consistent. He has scored in double figures in 20 of the Cougars' 22 games this season and averages a team-high 20.5 points per game.
Haws will help lead the Cougars when they visit Pepperdine on Thursday (8 p.m., MT, BYUtv).
But last Thursday, Haws missed all nine of his shots from the field against nationally ranked Gonzaga.
"They're a great team. They had us well-scouted," Haws explained. "You have to give them a lot of credit. They have lots of great players. We'll be excited to play them here the second time."
Haws scored 19 points in last Saturday's victory at Portland, where he made 5-of-14 shots. After that game, coach Dave Rose was asked about Haws' shooting slump (13-of-43 in the last three games).
"I think that Ty's played so well," Rose responded, "that maybe the expectations are a little out of whack."
No doubt that opposing teams know all about what Haws can do, and they're intent on preventing him from scoring.
"Tyler's really efficient. He's a great player. We need to help him," said BYU assistant Terry Nashif, who oversees the Cougars' offense. "We'll do some things to help him out and get him some shots in different areas and at different times. We need to be prepared for that. (The opposition) will do different things on Ty. They'll probably do three or four different things to him during the game."
Now that BYU (16-6, 6-2) has completed the first half of its West Coast Conference schedule, Haws expects to see more adjustments in the way opponents play him, as well as his teammates.
ROSE OUT RECRUITING: Toward the end of Tuesday's practice, Rose and assistant Tim LaComb left to go on a recruiting trip.
The team was left in the hands of assistant coaches Terry Nashif and Mark Pope.
DAVIES FEELING FINE: Forward Brandon Davies re-injured his right ankle with about five minutes remaining in the Portland game. Davies returned and finished the contest, and he participated in Tuesday's practice.
"I just reaggravated the injury I had before," said Davies, who originally hurt his ankle against Virginia Tech. "It's feeling fine now. It didn't swell up on me or anything. Just a quick tweak. Things are getting back to normal."
NOTES: In WCC games, the home team has posted a 16-16 record … The 2013 WCC tournament in Las Vegas is sold out. Limited single game tickets are expected to be available on game day at the Orleans Arena box office … Only five Division I teams have won at least 25 games in each of the last five seasons and three of them play in the WCC — BYU, Gonzaga, and Saint Mary's. The other two are Duke and Kansas.
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