PROVO — BYU broke open a close game down the stretch in beating San Diego 74-58 at the Marriott Center Saturday night.
The turning point: With BYU holding a 61-54 lead, TJ Haws drilled a long 3-pointer in transition. Following a 3-point miss from the Toreros, Jahshire Hardnett scored a layup and was fouled. With the free throw, the Cougars built a then game-high 13-point lead at 67-54 with 3:26 to play.
The hero: Haws tied his season high with 24 points, hitting 10 of 14 shots and 4 of 8 from 3-point range. He added three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Hardnett also had career highs with 17 points and eight rebounds.
- BYU won the turnover battle, 16 to 6, and that led to a 21-8 advantage in points off turnovers. The Cougars had 12 steals, compared to one for San Diego.
- The Cougars had 32 points in the game, to 20 for the Toreros.
- BYU hit seven of its final nine shots from the field to end the game.
At Saint Mary's (19-2, 8-0), Thursday, 9 p.m. MST
Vs. Pacific (10-11, 5-3), Jan. 27, 7 p.m.
At Loyola Marymount (6-13, 1-7), Feb. 1, 9 p.m.