The Tigers came out strong in the second period and went on a 10-3 run to cut the Cougar advantage to only three, 48-45, just five minutes into the half. Haws answered the Princeton run with a 3-pointer, and Childs followed it up shortly with a layup.
Haws sunk another trey with 13:30 remaining, and an impressive steal by him on the defensive end gave the ball back to BYU. An LJ Rose shot was rebounded by Mika for the put-back and the Cougars led the Tigers 58-48.
The contest remained within single digits for much of the second half. The Tigers got within one, 63-62, with 7:35 left in the half. A three-point play from Mika and free throws from Rose and Haws gave the Cougars an eight-point edge with 5:00 to go, 72-64.
BYU used points from six different Cougars to secure their lead over the Tigers as the final minutes wound down, and they claimed the 81-73 victory.
Mika ended the night with a game-high 26 points and 18 rebounds. Nine of his rebounds were offensive, tied for the BYU all-time high. Haws finished with 20 points, and Emery logged 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.