Tyler Haws scored a season first-half high of 19 points to help BYU to a 46-28 lead over Prairie View A&M.
Haws opened the game going 5 for 5 from the floor, including 3 for 3 from the 3-point line to score 13 early points to help BYU open an early 15-6 lead. His three 3-pointers are a season-high and he passed Trent Plaisted for 19th place for career scoring at BYU.
The Cougars continued to push the ball and controlled the tempo and led 21-10 with just under 12 minutes left in the first half. Frank Bartley IV got the ball on the wing and found Nate Austin underneath the basket for an easy layup and two trips later, Eric Mika completed the traditional 3-point play to put BYU up 29-12 with 9:30 left in the opening half.
BYU started the game in man-to-man and played with a lot of passion and energy but also stayed under control. Mika committed the first Cougar foul 12 minutes into the game. As a defense, BYU forced nine turnovers and had five steals to control the tempo in the first half.
Kyle Collinsworth ended a two minute drought for the Cougars on a 3-point play and then Bartley had two assists on the next two possessions to give the offense its life back. On the first possession, Bartley drove to the hole and passed it to Collinsworth behind his back for an easy dunk. Following a defensive rebound, Bartley drove baseline and found Austin cutting down the lane for an easy layup.
Matt Carlino hit one of two free throws with six seconds left in the half for the final margin of the frame, 46-28.