Notes and quotes from BYU's opening-round NIT win
Only five BYU basketball players have scored more than 700 points in a single basketball season. One of those players is Tyler Haws.
With 37 points in Tuesday's 90-79 win over Washington, the Cougar sophomore pushed his total to 706 this season, joining Jimmer Fredette (1,068 in 2011, 751 in 2010), Devin Durrant (866), Danny Ainge (782) and Michael Smith (765).
"Ty was outstanding from the start," BYU coach Dave Rose said after the game. "He had one little run there in the first half where he missed consecutive shots, but other than that he was so consistent, and what really helped him tonight were the opportunities in transition. He runs so hard, sometimes we miss him in transition and don't get the ball to him. I thought tonight our point guards did a really good job of finding him in transition. ... It is interesting, the guy gets 37 points, and the way he scored for us ...37 is a lot, but you just kind of expect him to carry a big load offensively, and he did that tonight."
Haws now has 1,103 career points and moved past Keena Young, Mark Handy and Bruce Burton on the school's career scoring list. He's now in 38th place.
Rose said Haws didn't totally recover from an illness until last Wednesday, meaning that he really was quite sick when the Cougars fell 72-69 to San Diego in the WCC quarterfinals.
"We had a really good week of practice, and our guys were hungry and ready to play tonight. We want to keep playing basketball. I am just happy with the win tonight," Haws said, shaking off praise. "I got that feeling from a lot of guys, right from the beginning. Guys were diving on the floor, getting rebounds. We were hungry, and we wanted to win this game and just continue to advance in this tournament."
A lot was made of Haws' individual battle with UW's C.J. Wilcox, who had a nice game with 20 points, but needed 18 shots to get there, a point that UW coach Lorenzo Romar succinctly made to me in his postgame address when I suggested that the former Pleasant Grove High star wasn't aggressive early in the game.
"We got matched up a few times," Haws said of Wilcox. "We usually don't talk a lot when we are on the court. I was able to see him before our shootaround today, and so we were able to catch up. It has been about four years since I have seen him. But we have had some great battles over the years. We have played a lot of games together. I am used to being on the court with him."
Playing like he didn't want Tuesday's game to be his last, Brandon Davies also got it going after a lackluster first half. Davies has 1,629 career points, which puts him in 11th place on the all-time list.
Kenneth Roberts sits at No. 10, with 1,652 points.
Davies has 812 career rebounds, after getting nine caroms on Tuesday. He ranks 8th on that list, but is just nine boards away from tying for seventh.
Carlino said in the postgame news conference that the Cougars played loose and free, and nobody did that more than Davies, who made a 3-pointer early in the second half to give the Cougars a 38-37 lead and then a dunk with 1:53 remaining.
"There was a real emphasis on [having fun, playing loose] starting on Monday, because last week, we didn't really know what was going to happen. But when we got the invitation that we were going to keep playing, and had a home game, that was the emphasis for the last two days: let's take advantage of this opportunity to play again," Dave Rose said. "That was what Matt meant by that -- let's play fast, loose and free, like you are going to play two or three weeks from now when the season is over and you kind of line up again and start preparing for the next season. You have a different feel to it, but I think the guys found it for this one."
Obviously, when Carlino plays well, the Cougars usually win. They are 8-0 when the sophomore point guard scores 20 points or more, something he did three times last season and has done five times this season.
I thought Carlino's 3-pointer with 6:36 remaining, which gave BYU a 69-63 lead, was the biggest shot of the game because it ended a mild scoring drought for the Cougars and seemed to dent Washington's confidence.
"I think it was just knowing it was win or go home," Carlino said of his big second half. "There was a lot of emotion out there on the floor. It was just fun. It was really fun to play out there. We were playing loose, and doing a lot of good things. It was just really fun. ... The pressure is more on the other team. We had nothing to lose. We do, but we got to play hard, because, I dunno, I am all emotional right now. I am excited about the win, I am excited to play Tennessee, and just excited to move on."
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