BYU Athletics Blog


Feb 09, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 4:44 pm | Updated: February 9, 2015 5:22 pm | Permalink

BYU defeats Santa Clara 78-57

Jan 31, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 9:03 pm | Permalink

In a night where Tyler Haws made it to second place on the all-time scoring list, BYU made 14 threes in the 78-57 win over Santa Clara.

Haws got the second half started off with a jump shot to extend the lead to 37-31. The Cougars made eight 3-pointers on their next eight scoring possessions to go up 61-38 with 11:24 remaining in the game, the last coming from Chase Fischer. The 18-2 run had three treys from Skyler Halford and two from Anson Winder.

Another three from Fischer pushed BYU’s lead to 69-44 with 7:22 left. He ended the game with 18 points coming off the bench, including five 3-pointers.

The Cougars closed out the game, never letting the lead slip away. Josh Sharp made a baseline three at the shot clock buzzer to push the lead to 78-55 with 1:17 remaining.

Haws led all scorers with 21 points. He was 7 of 7 from the charity stripe. Winder and Halford both had 13 points. Halford dished out a game-high seven assists.

Haws passes Ainge in first half against Santa Clara

Jan 31, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:59 pm | Permalink

Santa Clara got out to a hot start in the first half, going up 10-4 after five minutes. Tyler Haws made two jump shots to pass Danny Ainge for second in career points for BYU with 2,469. Haws now only trails Jimmer Fredette.

Anson Winder nailed a 3-pointer with 14:29 left in the first half to get within one of the Broncos, 12-11. The Cougars took the lead with two free throws made by Skyler Halford.

BYU made four threes in four scoring possessions, three of which were from Chase Fischer,  to push the lead to 25-15 with 8:18 left in the half.

Tough play from Ryan Andrus earned him three trips to the charity stripe, where he made 5 of 6. With 4:20 remaining, Winder made a breakaway layup to extend BYU’s lead to 31-20.

The Cougars held a 35-29 lead heading into the half 


Cougars escape with a 78-74 win against Dons

Jan 29, 2015 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 11:20 pm | Permalink

The Dons started the second half chipping away at BYU’s lead to tie it at 38 less than three minutes in until Tyler Haws put the Cougars back up 40-38 with a pair of technical free throws. Kyle Collinsworth followed with a layup on the break and Chase Fischer completed a three-point play to give BYU a six-point lead at the 16:31 mark.

A 5-0 run by USF brought it within two at 54-52, but was answered by Haws' free throws and Jake Toolson’s bucket with 8:40 remaining. Isaac Neilson entered the game to make a bucket and draw a charge at the other end to keep BYU up 63-60 after the Dons came within one with 5:30 left in the game.

Anson Winder’s steal and layup gave the Cougars a five-point cushion, but USF cut its deficit 71-70 with 2:16 on the clock. Winder scored three more points to put BYU back up 74-70 to help BYU escape with a 78-74 win.

Haws finished with a game-high 28 points, three points shy from passing Danny Ainge on BYU’s all-time scoring list. 

Cougars lead San Francisco 34-30 at halftime

Jan 29, 2015 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:57 pm | Updated: January 29, 2015 10:11 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer opened the game with a steal and assist to Anson Winder for the layup. San Francisco responded with an 8-2 run to take the 8-4 lead, but was followed by BYU’s 11-3 run capped by Halford’s 3-pointer at the 11:45 to retake a 15-11 lead.

Tyler Haws connected from deep and added a running jumper to push the Cougars’ lead up 22-15 with 8:55 left on the clock. BYU extended its lead at the charity stripe and a shot from beyond the arc by Fischer to go up 32-24 with less than two minutes on the clock.

The Dons made the last field goal of the half, but BYU entered halftime up 34-30. Haws led all players with 16 points with Winder and Corbin Kaufusi adding four points each. 

Cougars lead San Francisco 34-28 at halftime

Jan 29, 2015 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 9:57 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer opened the game with a steal and assist to Anson Winder for the layup. San Francisco responded with an 8-2 run to take the 8-4 lead, but was followed by BYU’s 11-3 run capped by Halford’s 3-pointer at the 11:45 to retake a 15-11 lead.

Tyler Haws connected from deep and added a running jumper to push the Cougars’ lead up 22-15 with 8:55 left on the clock. BYU extended its lead at the charity stripe and a shot from beyond the arc by Fischer to go up 32-24 with less than two minutes on the clock.

The Dons made the last field goal of the half, but BYU entered halftime up 34-28. Haws led all players with 16 points with Winder and Corbin Kaufusi adding four points each. 

This Week in the WCC: Jan. 29-31

Jan 28, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 10:29 am | Updated: January 28, 2015 10:51 am | Permalink

This Week in the WCC

Gonzaga and Saint Mary's have created a three-game cushion on the rest of the conference halfway through the WCC schedule and the Bulldogs take on Memphis this Saturday in a nonconference matchup. The Cougars look to bounce back after back-to-back losses against San Francisco and Santa Clara who BYU beat on the road by a combined 66 points the first week of 2015.

In the Record Books

Most of Haws' movemet last week against San Diego came in the West Coast Conference record book. His 20 points passed Kevin Foster for second in the overall points list with 2,437 and he now only trails Hank Gathers by 53 points. Haws has also made his way to 13th on the WCC only scoring list. Haws is 94 points away from being in the top five, so he'll move quickly over the next few games, but needs to average more than 25 points per game to pass Gathers for the WCC only record.

The Pursuit

This week, Haws has Danny Ainge and Hank Gathers in his sights. Ainge sits just 30 points ahead of Haws for second on BYU's career scoring list, while Gathers is 53 points ahead in first on the WCC overall scoring list. Haws is also on the verge of collecting the free throws made and attempted records for the WCC and BYU. Haws already owns the career free throws made record at BYU and in the WCC overall books. He trails Rick Adelman and Steve Ebey by 7 free throws made for the WCC only career record. He is 5 free throw attempts behind Hank Gathers for most attempts overall in the WCC.

Kyle Collinsworth's next triple-double sets the NCAA season record for triple-doubles. He is tied with four other players, including Brian Shaw and Jason Kidd, with four in a season. 


Haws record watch
Player Record Points --
Danny Ainge BYU No. 2 Career Scorer 2,467 30
Forrest McKenzie WCC Only No. 10 Career Scorer 986 31
Hank Gathers WCC Overall Scoring Record 2,490 53
Jim McPhee WCC Only No. 5 Career Scorer 1,031 94
Bill Cartwright WCC Only No. 3 Career Scorer 1,065 128
Anthony Ireland WCC Only No. 2 Career Scorer 1,080 143
Jimmer Fredette BYU Career Scoring Record 2,599 162
Hank Gathers WCC Only Scoring Record 1,190 235



Thursday, Jan. 29

Portland at Gonzaga, ROOT, CSN California,, 6 p.m. PT

Pepperdine at Pacific,, 7 p.m. PT

Santa Clara at San Diego,, 7 p.m. PT

LMU at Saint Mary's, CSN California, TWC SportsNet, ROOT,, 7:30 p.m. PT

San Francisco at BYU, ESPNU, 9 p.m. MT


Saturday, Jan. 31

LMU at Pacific, TWC SportsNet, ROOT, CSN California,, 1 p.m. PT

Pepperdine at Saint Mary's, CSN Bay Area, TWC SportsNet,, 3 p.m. PT

San Francisco at San Diego, TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area,, 5 p.m. PT

Santa Clara at BYU, BYUtv, 7 p.m. MT

Memphis at Gonzaga, ESPN2, 7 p.m. PT



  WCC  Overall
Gonzaga 9-0 20-1
Saint Mary's 8-1 16-4
Pepperdine 5-4 12-8
BYU 5-4 15-7
Santa Clara 5-4 11-10
Portland 3-6 12-9
San Diego 3-6 10-11
San Francisco 3-6 9-12
Pacific 2-7 10-11
LMU 2-7 6-15


WCC Conference Leaders through games of Jan. 24

Scoring School Points
1. Tyler Haws BYU 22.6
2. Brad Waldow SMC 19.1
3. Stacy Davis PEP 17.2
8. Anson Winder BYU 14.9
11. Chase Fischer BYU 14.2
14. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 12.3
30. Skyler Halford BYU 8.9
Rebounding School Rebounds
1. Brad Waldow SMC 9.4
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 9.3
3. Thomas Van Der Mars POR 8.2
Assists School Assists
1. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 6.3
T-2. Alec Wintering POR 5.6
T-2. Chase Flint LMU 5.6
Steals School Steals
1. Chris Anderson USD 2.8
T-2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 1.8
T-2. Kerry Carter SMC 1.8
8. Anson Winder BYU 1.4
T-13. Tyle Haws BYU 1.1
3-pointers made School 3-pointers
1. Chase Fischer BYU 3.1
2. Kevin Pangos GON 2.9
3. Jared Brownidge SCU 2.4
4. Skyler Halford BYU 1.9
5. Anson Winder BYU 1.9



January Baseball Blog

Jan 26, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 10:25 am | Updated: January 26, 2015 4:04 pm | Permalink

ROGERS MARRIES: Sophomore left-hander Hayden Rogers got married to Katie Rigby last month. Katie plays soccer for the University of Utah and teammate Andy Isom’s wife plays for the BYU soccer team. Other married players on BYU’s team are Jeff Barker, Jarrett Jarvis, Brandon Kinser, Dillon Robinson, Michael Rucker and Derrick Whitney, who is the younger brother of Brock from last year’s team.  At this point, two other Cougars are engaged to be married to their fiancées after the season, Kolton Mahoney and Dallen Reber.

GREEN SCREEN SHOTS: BYU’s baseball players got their green screen pictures taken at the BYUtv building earlier this month. Those photos will be used for introductory lineups for the 10 games televised by BYUtv and two by the Pac-12 Network this season. In addition to having their photos taken, Kolton Mahoney, Tanner Chauncey, James Lengal, Brandon Kinser, Dillon Robinson, Jeff Barker, Hayden Nielsen and Jarrett Jarvis recorded sound bites to be used in promoting shows on BYUtv. Mahoney and Bronson Larsen did behind the camera ball-tossing to each other for those intros.

HARING, KINSER BABIES: Assistant coach Brent Haring and senior pitcher Brandon Kinser became proud fathers last year. Haring’s son was born in October and Kinser’s daughter was born on Thanksgiving Day. Pitcher Jeff Barker’s wife Kylie is expecting in May.

TUCKETT IN ORLANDO: Former BYU baseball coach and athletic director Glen Tuckett got back earlier this month from Orlando, Florida, where he attended meetings with the American Baseball Coaches Association. Tuckett, who attended those meetings with his wife Jo, is on the board of directors for the ABCA along with former BYU coach Gary Pullins, who also was in Florida.

PRO’s AROUND: Jacob Hannemann, Jaycob Brugman, Taylor Cole and Adam Law have been in Provo the past several weeks during the off-season and have been working out alongside BYU baseball players as well as coach Mike Littlewood’s son, Marcus.

ARIZONA GAMES: BYU’s four-game series against Nebraska next month at Peoria, Arizona, wil be played at the same time as the Big12/Pac 12 Challenge in Mesa, Surprise, Goodyear and Peoria. The next weekend is the Phoenix Municipal Classic. The opening weekend is the Grand Canyon Phoenix Classic and at the Surprise Tournament.

Grand Canyon Phoenix Classic        
Feb. 13-15 Grand Canyon Bradley Nebraska-Omaha N. Dakota St.
Surprise Tournament        
Feb. 13-16 Michigan St. New Mexico Northwestern Oregon St.

Peoria Tournament

Peoria Sports Complex, 16101 No. 83rd Avenue, Peoria, AZ

Feb. 19-21 BYU Nebraska    
Big 12/Pac 12 Challenge        
Mesa, Surprise, Goodyear, Peoria        
Feb. 19-22 Kansas Washington Washington St. Utah
  Kansas St. Oklahoma Oklahoma St. Oregon St.
ASU Phoenix Municipal Classic        
Feb. 26-Mar. 1 Gonzaga Purdue Cal-Bakersfield Arizona St.

KINSER LEFT-HANDED: We didn’t realize Brandon Kinser was left-handed until he signed in for those green screen shots at the BYUtv building this month. The only thing Kinser does right-handed is pitch, hit or anything to do with throwing or shooting a basketball. His older brother is exactly the same way. Kicking is almost even with either leg.

ON COOG TUBE: In case you missed it, check out these links for some Coog Tube reports on Brady Corless and Jacob Hannemann.

CAMERON TUCKETT AWARD: Coach Glen Tuckett presented nine plaques for winners of the Cameron Tuckett Award, including the most recent winner from 2014 Brock Whitney. Playing “catch-up,” Tuckett also presented plaques to past winners Tanner Chauncey (2012), Jonathan Cluff (2010), Dave Jensen (2002), Kory Knell (2004), Adam Law (2013), Ben Saylor (2006), Brandon Taylor (2005) and Ranger Wiens (2003), all of whom were in attendance at the second annual First Pitch Dinner this month in Provo. Look here to see a list of past winners of the Cameron Tuckett Award.

JEFF KENT AT FIRST PITCH DINNER: Remarks of former Major Leaguer Jeff Kent at last Saturday's annual BYU First Pitch dinner:

"This "Y" means a lot here, but it represents quite a bit outside this state. In Texas where I live, been there about 20 years in Austin, it represents respect, a fraternity of people, family, honor, integrity, moral standard and all those things that you try to instill upon your family.

Baseball was a passion of mine, love, a game that you can never conquer. And why is it that you can’t conquer this game? Why is it as a hitter than you fail 70 percent of the time? It’s a crazy game. It's so unpredictable. And that’s what I love. I have always tried to conquer the unconquerable. I always had a Leatherman tool on my hip, I was always fixing something. In baseball you can’t fix it. Why is it that you can’t win all the time? That’s what motivated me in the game.

It made me an edgy player. People didn’t get to know who I was. I was criticized for being hard nosed, a jerk, an overachiever, aloof, a homophobe, a feminist, a racist. If you know who I am and you watched how I play, you thought, “there’s no way that guy’s a Mormon.” You've watched me to do some pretty outrageous things, but I’ve learned it all through church basketball. What I’m most proud of is being a baseball player. What made me a father was being a baseball player.

Throughout my career I learned about sacrifice. Earlier in my career when I was in high school, I learned to set goals. It was done by a simple gesture by my father. My dad made a bet with me that if I got a scholarship to college, he'd buy me a pickup truck. That was the biggest starting point in my career; it gave me direction and purpose. I got that scholarship to Cal even though I wanted to go to BYU.

If I go to BYU, I’m going on a mission. My freshman year came easy; I made All-Pac-10 as a freshman. The sophomore jinx hit me. It was the first time in my life that baseball was out of control. I broke down and saw a sports psychologist. He told me you are not fearful of failure, you have a fear of success.

I needed to be a little more self-motivated. My junior year I had a decent year, breaking my wrist, but I got drafted in the 20th round. The Blue Jays came to my door and offered me $10,000. I was ready and I was willing to trade my baseball talents for an education to get a real job.

A third major learning experience was told to me by a big bodybuilder dude when I was in the minor leagues. I never wanted to lift weights. I knew I needed to take myself to the next level. I asked is there something I can do to give me a boost. He looked at me and said, “Look son, there is no substitute for hard work.” I started lifting weights and was looking at myself in the mirrors. That was a revelation. No substitute for hard work. Internally I didn’t that acceptance of it, but it motivated me. I was lifting five days a week for three hours. I was putting everything I could because I knew there was no substitute for hard work. I was lucky enough to get called up to the big leagues.

In my first at bat in Toronto, I had an 0-2 count, then 2-2 and started fouling balls off left and right. I must have fouled off about 10 pitches and finally drove a ball into the gap. I’m standing on second base and looking at the crowd of 50,000 standing on their feet. All that could come to my mind was, “I made it.” That was a special moment. I was all by myself. All that work and all the sacrifice.

Later on in my career I’m reminded of a story Tommy LaSorda told. There are three kinds of people in the world. There are those people who wonder what happened, those who watch what happen and those who make it happen. At that moment, I was able to make it happen. Be that third person that makes things happen. Don’t just watch things go by you or watch or wonder. He talked about three D’s, desire, dedication and determination. Tommy always said, "The difference between impossible and possible is your determination."

It boils down to what kind of person you are. Do you work hard when other people aren’t watching you? Do you work on your weaknesses? I wanted to be better at what I wasn’t good at. In the big leagues, they play to your weakness all the time. Be prepared for those.

One characteristic that I learned early on in my career is “staying power.” Great athletes can get there. Once you get there, you gotta stay. Staying power comes from the head. I talked about slowing the game down, using your head. It applies to all life; can you keep your head in the game? It applies to all life. Can you keep your head in the game and made those decisions when they need to be made.

I had a coach when I was traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets in 1992. The Blue Jays went on to win the World Series; I went from the best to the worst team. At that moment I learned I didn’t have the staying power. A new coach, Dallas Green, all he could talk about was head and heart. He was talking to me, because I was the one that was listening to him. That was a guy that motivated me to use my head if I wanted some staying power.

I was soon traded to the Indians and then I found my destiny was with the San Francisco Giants. They traded for me, the third biggest block-buster trade I was involved in, with Dusty Baker. Everything started to fall into place and mesh for me.

I remember vividly about a fact that I played for three years in San Francisco. We were getting ready to open up a new ball park. Managers give you the first-of-the-year pep talk and Dusty was saying, “I feel better about this year than last year.” I was losing faith.

I read a quote by a prophet who would have been an awesome baseball player and that was Gordon B. Hinckley.  “If there is one thing that you and I need, to help us find success and fulfillment in this world, it is faith-that dynamic, powerful, marvelous element by which, as Paul declared, the very worlds were framed (see Hebrews 11:3). I refer to a practical, working faith-the kind of faith that moves us to get on our knees and plead with the Lord for guidance and then having a measure of divine confidence, get on our feet and go to work to help bring the desired results to pass. There is no obstacle too great, no challenge too difficult, if we have faith.” That was a neat revelation and completed the formula for success in 2000. I was lacking faith. I needed to believe in my God that he would help me. I needed to have faith in all the things I had done over my career. I needed to step back and relax a bit and have faith, that was the key.

Tom Holmoe live in the cul-de-sac that we were in and he gave me some good pieces of advice. That ending formula that I had that propelled me to have the best year of my career. 

I played in the steroid era; an era that I'm not proud of, that era is embarrassing to me. I promise you this, I held true to my moral standards. The standards of the Church, the standards that I represent of the temple recommend that I held in my back pocket. I’m proud of that MVP award that I won in 2000. All the things I learned were accomplished. We were the best team in baseball.

Two years later we were down 10 games, I was fighting for my life, I found the wrong guy to fight with and that was Barry Bonds. I knew we were a good team. I can tell you this, an inning later after our big scuffle and he hit a home run in that game and I hit a home run and won the wild card that year.

We were going to win the World Series. They had wrapped the entire locker room in plastic before the game was over because they knew we were going to win. We lost and they had to rip that plastic down so fast before we got in. All you could see was ripped tape and masking tape. Everybody was sitting down taking their uniforms off. I stood up and turned around and looked at all my teammates and I was upset. I was scared and didn’t say anything. That's the one regret that I have in my life. I would have done this and would have punched Barry Bonds in the face. Why, because all the attention would be drawn on that instead of losing game six. We came back to game seven and I knew we were going to lose. The atmosphere was taken right out of our hearts.

Life in this game was a journey for me. This game is more individual than people think it is. It's a team game, no doubt about it. The great thing about this game is when you add your individual effort with your teammates; it translates into a win for your team. This game is so unpredictable, but a better part of this game is that you get another swing, or another at bat, or another chance tomorrow. What goals we outta have is learn from my mistakes. I embraced my mistakes. I processed them so the next time I had the chance; I either eliminated that mistake or was able to do good against that mistake.

I have lived by a saying that I'd rather be respected than loved. You can’t please everybody. I've been respected in this game. There’s some people who hate me and I like that. I was able to earn respect throughout my career. There’s always a second chance in baseball.

You represent not only the school you play for, but you represent fans that didn’t go to school here and that’s me.

Barry Bonds was a motivator to me. He was the best player in the game. We had a love-hate relationship. We weren’t brothers, but on the field we complemented one another, but don’t’ tell anybody that.

I always wanted to be the best."

Haws helps Cougars sink Lions, 85-72

Jan 10, 2015 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 9:07 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws finished with 26 points, including a couple big shots down the stretch, as BYU beat LMU 85-72.

Chase Fischer added 19 points on 6 of 9 shooting, and Kyle Collinsworth nearly recorded another triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.

Early in the second half, the Lions cut the Cougars' lead to single digits for the first time since they went down 10-0. Six minutes in, BYU led 53-49.

A 13-0 run, punctuated by a Fischer 3-pointer, put BYU up 66-49 with 9:30 on the clock. The Lions fought back with a 13-3 run to cut the Cougars' advantage to 69-62 with just under seven minutes to play.

As both teams fought back and forth throughout the next five minutes, two big plays from Haws put BYU out of reach. He faked a pass in transition and finished with an easy layup to put the Cougars up 11. On the subsequent possession, he drew a foul while hitting a runner, and made the free throw to complete the three-point play, giving the Cougars an 83-70 lead with around two minutes left in the game. Both teams added a field goal from there, making the final score 85-72.

BYU leads LMU 47-36 at the half

Jan 10, 2015 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 8:00 pm | Permalink

Tyler Haws scored 17 points, Chase Fischer added 14 of his own and Kyle Collinsworth dished out five assists as BYU outscored LMU 47-36 in the first half.

The Cougars jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first two minutes of the game behind 3-pointers from Anson Winder and Fischer, and a pair of jumpers from Haws.

BYU increased its lead to 14 halfway through the half when a Fischer three put the team up 35-21. LMU scored four in a row and threatened to bring its deficit back to single digits, but two free throws from Haws and a Winder 3-pointer bumped the Cougars' lead up to 40-24.

The Lions kept the Cougars in check for the rest of the first half, allowing only seven points over the last seven minutes. BYU took the 47-36 lead into the locker room.