Big games earn BYU's Haws WCC Player of the Week honors
Happy Monday, everyone.
This one might have been the easiest pick in the history of player of the week awards — at least for the West Coast Conference.
BYU's Tyler Haws is the WCC Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced this morning, after the Cougars' guard averaged 33.0 points per game last week in helping BYU defeat Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount.
Haws scored 35 points against Pepperdine and followed that with a 31-point outing against LMU as BYU avenged a pair of first-week road losses.
Haws shot 47.6 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from 3-point range and 95.7 percent from the free-throw line.<
Haws has scored in double figures in 31 consecutive games and now has 1,546 career points, which ranks him 13th on the school's all-time scoring list. Haws needs 24 points to pass Lee Cummard for 12th place on the list.
He currently ranks fifth in the nation with a 23.1 scoring average.
The Cougars have moved up to No. 4 in the country in scoring, averaging 87.3 ppg.
"I think late in the game teams get tired and I am able to find my rhythm a little bit," Haws said of his big scoring week. "But definitely when we play defense and get stops and we are rebounding, that creates opportunities. My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball. Matt [Carlino] found me a few times."
Of course, free-throw shooting is a big part of Haws' game. He rarely misses. In fact, he was 13 of 14 from the stripe on Saturday, tying his career-high for FT attempts in a game. The Cougars had their best free-throw shooting performance of the season against the Lions, making 78.9 percent (30 of 38).
"Free throws are important," Haws said. "And we have been focusing a lot in practice, and staying after to shoot them. Even Luke [Worthington] came in and knocked two free throws down."
After Carlino jokingly questioned why Haws would single out Worthington's success at the line with "what do you mean, even Luke?" Haws quickly added: "I expected Luke to make them."
A freshman, Worthington was 0-for-6 from the stripe before the 2-for-2 night.
What did LMU coach Max Good have to say about Haws' big night?