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BYU's Haws honored by WCC; Notes and quotes from Saturday's game
There's not a hotter college basketball player in the country right now than BYU's Tyler Haws, who has scored 142 points the past four games and is the country's third-leading scorer with a 24.6 average.
And here's a recap of Saturday night's 84-71 win over Saint Mary's College in which Haws scored 33 points.
To no one's surprise, Haws earned West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors on Monday for averaging 35.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in the wins over Pacific and SMC. He shot 59.5 percent (22 of 37) from the field, 66.7 percent (6 of 9) from 3-point range and 91.3 percent (21 of 23) from the free-throw line.<
The 3-pointer Haws made in the second half gave BYU the lead for good, and was the 1,700th point of his career. Only Danny Ainge got to 1,700 points faster, reaching that milestone in his 90th game. Saturday's game was Haws' 93rd in a Cougar uniform.
Haws also passed Mark Bigelow for the ninth spot on BYU's career scoring list.
It was his 10th career game of 30 points or more, tying him with the legendary Kresimir Cosic.
It was Haws' 44th career game of 30 points or more.
Haws and Kyle Collinsworth (20 points) were the only Cougars to reach double figures, marking the first time this season that BYU didn't have three or more players in double figures.
I posted video of the first couple of minutes of the post game news conference(s) on Sunday. Here are more comments from the game from BYU coach Dave Rose, Haws and Colinsworth:
Rose on how freshman Eric Mika is playing:
"I think Eric is a physical player, and I think that the Gonzaga game and these two games this weekend, I think our whole staff is played at just how active he is again, after where I thought he was kind of favoring that leg for awhile. The key for him is to make sure he plays within himself, but continues to be the physical presence that he is, because that is what makes him good."