BYU basketball report card: Haws comes to life in time to carry BYU past Texas

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 26 2013 12:48 a.m. MST

Associated Press

The Texas Longhorns led the majority of the second half, but BYU found a way to lead when it mattered most. With 1:45 remaining, the Cougars took the lead on a Tyler Haws jumper and held on via the free-throw line to seal it.

Haws scored 19 of the last 21 points for BYU after enduring one of the least impressive stretches of his college career — scoring just two points and doing little else in the first 25 minutes of the game. The last 15 minutes, however, he redeemed himself and then some.

On one hand, BYU was lucky just to be in the game at the end. It took a combination of other-worldly 3-point shooting (10-of-12), Texas missing 11 free throws and 18 3-pointers, and the officiating suddenly turning in BYU's favor the last 10 minutes for the Cougars to come away on the plus side in this one.

BYU survived despite being severely outmuscled in the paint by a much bigger Texas team that was more than happy to throw its weight around. Featuring three young highly recruited big men, all at least 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds, the Longhorns pushed the Cougars around inside, pulling down 19 offensive rebounds and blocking nine shots.

Fortunate as it may have been Monday evening, BYU will take the win and move on to play No. 12 Wichita State on Tuesday night for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship.

Here are the grades for each BYU position group and other aspects of the game.

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Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA

I thought the grading was on target.

Pope needs to do some work to help the bigs play better. Mika made several solid dunks, but the BYU bigs got handled by Texas and the game looked like boys against men inside.

Credit Barkley, Carlino, and Haws for carrying the team -- with some help form Collinsworth and Mika.

I don't like how BYU is defending the interior at all. Defending the three-point line seems to have improved a bit though.

Alpine, UT

The officials let Texas camp out in the lane while on offense. The one 3 second call I noticed was after the guy was in the key for 5 seconds. This is a benefit of having a DVR. They were in the key too long all night long. They also got away with mugging the BYU players.

West Jordan, UT

B, D, C+ ?!!!

Man you would think by those grades that BYU had lost by 10 points, instead of getting an impressive win over a very big and very athletic Big 12 program.

Cougsrock original
Maricopa, Az

The commentary here is quite brutal. You would think BYU lost. The reality is BYU did win and the commentary is accurate.

Sandy, UT

I think your assessment and grades were spot on. BYU won, but just barely and it was too close to feel any thrill-- but we'll take it!! And then breathe a deep sigh of relief!

DEW Cougars
Sandy, UT

Interesting part by one person who post this at another sight. "that Texas doesn't want to see anymore BYU players with the initials T.H. for awhile.

Taysom Hill runs all over the Longhorns and Tyler Haws puts them away with buzzer beating runners.

Sorry Texas... don't hate on the Cougars. Good one, lol

Go Cougars. Hope to see more BYU Fans at the game tonight.

Taylorsville, UT


I agree that on the surface the grades seem low for beating a traditional power-team like Texas. This is a Texas team, however, that while talented went just 7-11 in the Big-12 last year and had struggled to beat some pretty anonymous teams so far this year (having to rally just to beat South Alabama by 5). Considering BYU had to hit 10-12 threes and TX missed a bunch of open shots (including free throws) I just don't think beating this team in that manner is overly impressive.

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