Cougars set multiple conference tournament records

Mar 14, 2014 - Posted by knielsen on March 14, 2014 at 11:42 am | Updated: March 16, 2014 12:26 am

In BYU's run to the West Coast Conference championship game, the Cougars set several conference records and several Cougars set BYU conference tournament records.

As a team, the Cougars set the WCC record for team rebounds in a single tournament with 129. BYU topped former record holder Loyola Marymount by one rebound. The Lions grabbed 128 boards in 1989.

Tyler Haws set the WCC record for individual free throws made with 29. Haws was 29 of 30 from the charity stripe over the three games. Through the semifinals, Gonzaga's Sam Dower Jr. set the record with 23 free throws. In the final, Dower went 0 of 3 and Haws was 11 of 11 to set a new record and stretch his personal streak to 26 straight free throws made.

Several BYU players set conference tournament individual game records. Kyle Collinsworth's 16 rebounds against LMU broke Rafael Araujo's previous record of 14 for most rebounds in a conference tournament game. Anson Winder set the BYU record for steals in a conference tournament game with six. The old record belonged to Jackson Emery who had five steals in 2011.

The Cougars rewrote a lot of the game free throw records. Winder hit 8 of 8 from the free throw line against LMU, which was tied for fourth most free throws made without a miss. Haws didn't wait to push Winder down to sixth by Tuesday night. Against San Francisco, Haws set the record for most free throws made without a miss in a game with 14. Against Gonzaga, Haws hit 11 of 11, which is now the third most in a conference tournament game.

Haws' 14 of 14 night at the free throw line against San Francisco is also the second most free throws made in a conference tournament game and is tied for the third most free throws attempted in a conference tournament game.

The Cougars haven't won a conference tournament since 2001 and BYU hadn't played three games in a tournament since 2011 when the Cougars beat TCU and New Mexico before losing to San Diego State. Collinsworth has played in six conference tournament games in his two seasons and now owns the career conference tournament record for rebounds with 58. He has three more than former record holder Lee Cummard and is second in rebounds per game with 9.7 rebounds per game behind Araujo's 11.3 rebounds per game. Collinsworth also moved into a tie for fourth in career steals with nine. He was passed by Winder, who is now third with 11 steals in conference tournament games.

Matt Carlino is now sixth in career conference tournament assists with 19 and is also second in turnovers.

Haws moved up on the scoring and free throw record lists in his conference tournament career. He is three points out of 10th in career scoring and is fourth in scoring average at 19.6 points per game.

Haws is now second in free throws made with 40 and is fifth in free throws attempted with 42. He is also first in free throw percentage at 95.2 percent.

Mika's record-setting freshman season

Freshman center Eric Mika has broken into the top 10 in 18 different freshman season records. He is already the most prolific freshman offensive rebounder in BYU history, but is also tied for the most offensive rebounds in a season at 91 with Rafael Araujo. He's top 10 in these freshman season categories:

Points 374 8th
Scoring Average 11.7 9th
Field Goals Made 137 6th
Field Goal Attempts 259 10th
Field Goal Percentage .529 7th
Free Throws Made 100 8th
Free Throw Attempts 164 5th
Rebounds 204 3rd
Rebounding Average 6.4 6th
Offensive Rebounds 91 1st
Blocks 24 6th
Blocks Average .75 7th
Personal Fouls 103 7th
Games Started 28 8th
Double Figure Scoring Games 23 4th
Double-Doubles 5 4th
20-Point Games 2 10th
10-Rebound Games 6 4th