p class="TEXT_w_Indent"> Coach Dave Rose said the Cougars have to learn how to close out games.
"We have to stay together and these losses have to mean something," Rose said. "We have to learn from these losses. If we can learn from these losses and in conference get those big wins, then these losses can mean something for us."
Haws scored 32 points, the fifth time in his career he has surpassed the 30-point plateau. He's now had 37 games of 20 points or more, sixth-most in BYU history.
He also passed Roland Minson and Jay Cheesman on the school's career scoring list, and is now in 16th place with 1,432.
"This team can be really good," Haws said. "When we play together and play hard, we can compete with anyone, I feel like. But I feel like we have learned a lot in this preseason. If we can learn from it and stick together, I think we will be fine."
The Cougars had a new wrinkle offensively for the Ducks, playing Kyle Collinsworth at the point guard spot for most of the game, and Matt Carlino at the two-guard instead of the point.
Will Dave Rose use that scheme more in WCC play?
"We will see," he said. "We are just trying to find the right combination so we can stay on the right track."
For his part, Carlino said the Cougars worked on that alignment in practice and were ready for it.
"I talked to coach Rose about that, and I think it helped us here tonight," Carlino said. "Still, I need more reps there because I don't feel completely comfortable, but I did expect that, because that's what we practiced."
Will Carlino, a junior, accept the new role?
"I mean, as long as it helps the team," he said. "I think we played hard tonight. Like I said, it was those 50-50 balls there for a stretch. We just need to keep getting better — everyone personally and as a team. We had a good week of practice and I think if we keep improving we can be a dangerous team."
Carlino is now in 12th place on BYU's career 3-pointers list, having passed Randy Reid with two on Saturday night. He's eighth in 3-point attempts.