BYU basketball: Haws, Cougars eager to test Stanford in ESPN Marathon matchup
Palo Alto, Calif. • Tyler Haws sneaked up on a few big-name opponents such as Virginia Tech early last season after returning from an LDS Church mission, dumping 42 points on the Hokies in December.
But the BYU junior probably won't catch Stanford unaware of his scoring ability on Monday night when the Cougars (1-0) meet the Cardinal (1-0) at Maples Pavilion (9 p.m., ESPN2). Stanford was one of the schools that recruited Haws heavily out of Lone Peak High in coach Johnny Dawkins' first year, along with UCLA, Utah and Davidson.
Also, the Stanford staff has presumably watched what Haws did in BYU's opener last Friday, an 81-72 win over Weber State.
He scored 28 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.
The game, a late addition to BYU's rugged nonconference schedule, is part of the sixth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, a celebration of the start of the season. ESPN will televise 18 live games 16 men's and two women's during a 25-hour stretch from Monday to Tuesday.
"I am excited about it," Haws said at BYU's basketball media day in September. "I am looking forward to playing there."
Before the Weber State game, Haws spoke optimistically about the defensive attention he will receive this year, because of the new rules designed to limit hand-checking and grabbing away from the basket.
"It makes the game different, but I think in some regard it will help me on the offensive end," Haws said. "I feel like guys always have two hands on me. And so hopefully we will notice a little bit of a difference [in the future]."
Stanford is picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 this season, but also had a successful opener after some tense moments. The Cardinal defeated Bucknell of the Patriot League 72-68 at Maples last Friday, breaking from a 49-49 tie in the second half.
The Cougars, who do not practice on Sundays, flew to the Bay Area on Saturday night after doing most of their prep work in Provo that morning and afternoon. Coach Dave Rose has a shootaround planned Monday morning to familiarize his players with the arena.
He said he is looking forward to seeing how his young players respond to a road game.
"Now you are going to see a whole new side of these guys, how they are going to play under the lights in a game situation, and how they respond to tough situations, how they respond to bigger guys, faster guys, a different level, and that's kind of what makes this really fun," Rose said.
BYU at Stanford
P At Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, Calif.
Tipoff • 9 p.m. MST
TV • ESPN2
Radio • 1160 AM, 102.7 FM, 1430 AM, 103.1 FM
Records • BYU 1-0, Stanford 1-0
Series history • BYU leads, 4-2
Last meeting • Stanford 62, BYU 53 (Nov. 23, 2004)
About the Cardinal • They last played BYU in the 2004 Maui Invitational in Hawaii. â¦ Chasson Randle, a 6-foot-2 guard, scored 18 points and Dwight Powell, a 6-10 forward, added 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 72-68 win over Bucknell of the Patriot League on Friday night.
About the Cougars • Tyler Haws scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and Matt Carlino added 22 points in an 81-72 win over Weber State on Friday. â¦ Forwards Nate Austin and Eric Mika started against the Wildcats as coach Dave Rose went with a bigger lineup than he did in BYU's two exhibition game wins.