BYU basketball: Tyler Haws leads Cougars past Santa Clara
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
PROVO — When BYU defeated Santa Clara at the Leavey Center last month, the Broncos were without guard Evan Roquemore and forward John McArthur, who had both been suspended for the game.
That same night, Cougar guard Tyler Haws was on the floor for less than one minute in the first half after picking up a couple of quick fouls.
Thursday night in Provo, Roquemore and McArthur played, and Haws stayed out of foul trouble.
But even with a full complement of players on both sides at the Marriott Center, the result in the rematch was pretty much the same.
Haws scored a game-high 27 points to lead BYU to a dominating 89-76 victory over the Broncos.
While Roquemore and McArthur didn’t have much of an impact in the game — combining for just six points — Haws continued his prolific scoring tear.
Haws has now scored 169 points in his last five games. He scored 48 against Portland, 23 against Gonzaga, 38 against Pacific, and 33 against Saint Mary's.
"It's unreal the way he's scoring right now," guard Anson Winder said of Haws. "It's almost Kevin Durant-like really, if you look at it. It's so impressive. He's such a great player. It's fun to watch him have these big scoring nights and hopefully he can keep it up because we need it as a team."
Against Santa Clara, Haws hit 9 of 12 shots from the field, and 8 of 9 shots from the free-throw line.
"I felt good. I felt like I got into a rhythm," Haws said. "Shots were falling and the basket looked big."
Also for the Cougars, Kyle Collinsworth scored 18 points to go along with four assists and five steals. Eric Mika recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Skyler Halford chipped in 12 points.
Freshman Luke Worthington scored a career-high seven points off the bench, while Nate Austin grabbed eight rebounds.
"Eric, Nate and Luke were really good around the basket," Rose said.
Brandon Clark and Jared Brownridge each scored 16 points for the Broncos. Brownridge poured in 30 points for Santa Clara in the first game at the Leavey Center, but Thursday, he made just 5 of 19 shots, and was 0 of 6 from 3-point territory.
"Anson did a really good job most of the night," coach Dave Rose said of Winder's defense against Brownridge. "To hold him to without a 3-pointer is quite an accomplishment."
The Cougars won their 10th consecutive game against Santa Clara. They have never lost to the Broncos in West Coast Conference play.
BYU’s victory kept the Cougars in a second-place tie with San Francisco in the WCC standings. The Dons defeated San Diego Thursday night, 74-67.
BYU improved to 16-9 overall and 8-4 in the WCC while Santa Clara dropped to 10-15, 3-9.
The Cougars dominated inside, outrebounding the Broncos, 50-32. BYU outscored Santa Clara in the paint, 44-24.
After trailing 3-0 in the game’s opening minute, the Cougars tied the game on a three-point play by Collinsworth and took control of the game early.
Haws hit his first five shots, including a 3-pointer that put BYU up, 16-10.
The Cougars built on their lead, going up by as many as 18 points, 51-33, after a pair of Haws free throws.
"I love it when our team jumps out like that and we can get a big lead," Haws said. "Our guys played really well and controlled their guards. We shared the ball really well."
Haws finished the half with 17 points while Collinsworth and Mika each added 11. Brownridge led Santa Clara with 14 points.
The Cougars led at the break, 53-40, as BYU shot 53 percent and the Broncos shot 40 percent.
In the second half, the Cougars saw their lead balloon to 20 points, 71-51, with 13 minutes remaining in the game and later went up by a score of 85-58.
BYU hosts San Francisco Saturday (7 p.m. MST, BYUtv).
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