In the long and storied history of BYU basketball, only five players have started a season scoring 20-plus points in their first five games. The list includes Danny Ainge, Kresimir Cosic, Michael Smith and Devin Durrant.
The fifth to join that exclusive club is Tyler Haws, who continued his phenomenal beginning to the 2012-13 season -- after returning from a church mission last April -- with 20 points on 8-for-16 shooting as the Cougars walloped Texas-San Antonio 81-62 tonight at the Marriott Center in front of an appreciative crowd of 16,475.
Ainge, Cosic and Smith had their "streaks" end at five. Durrant made it to seven.
Haws will go for six in a row on Saturday night when the Cougars host prep phenom Jabari Parker on his official visit and the Cal State Northridge Matadors on the hardwoods.
Brandon Davies also had a big night for the Cougars, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds while battling a little bit of foul trouble. Davies played 26 minutes.
After shooting poorly in New York in losses to Florida State and Notre Dame, the Cougars shot 51.7 percent and held UTSA to 39.3 percent. BYU was 6 for 14 from three-point range (42.9 percent).
"I thought we did a lot of things really well tonight," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "We shot the ball really well, shot free throws really well [13-for-14], rebounded the ball really well and competed really well."
The Cougars won the rebounding battle 48-21. They had 19 assists, to just 10 for UTSA. The only troubling stat was turnovers: BYU had 18, UTSA had 11.
"UTSA runs a lot of interesting action and it is hard to guard," Rose said. "You have to have your rules down and be pretty sound in how you execute defensively, and I thought our group of guys executed that well for us. All in all I am really pleased with the win. It's a good way to bounce back from a tough weekend and we're looking forward to the game on Saturday."
The Cougars were hoping for a better game from starting point guard Matt Carlino, but it didn't happen. Carlino went 1-for-8 from the field and played just 10 minutes, and only three minutes in the second half after tweaking his ankle at the end of the first half.
Senior Craig Cusick started the second half instead of Carlino. Rose said it was a "combination" of Carlino's injury and Cusick's strong play in the first half that made him decide to go with the senior.
"Craig was really steady tonight and I thought he managed the game really well," Rose said. "In practice the past couple of days Craig has been the guy who showed he really had those defensive concepts down, so we played him a lot tonight and he really helped us."
Josh Sharp also had a nice game, going 4-for-5 from the field for eight points. He snagged six rebounds and also had a big blocked shot that spurred a BYU fastbreak.
"Josh is a guy we can count on to be in the right place at the right time," Rose said. "He makes timely plays. He had a play tonight where he came from the backside and got the block that led to a transition bucket for us and that's what we can count on from Josh."
Couple of other notes from the game:
* Agustin Ambrosino, the juco transfer, made back-to-back three-pointers in the first half and finished with a career-high six points.
* Raul Delgado scored the first points of his BYU career on a fadeaway jumper from the baseline.
* All 11 players who played in the first half scored, and all 12 players who got in the game scored. Anson Winder played the final two minutes of the game, and scored a free-throw.
* BYU's bench outscored UTSA's bench 24-6.
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