PROVO, Utah – Matt Carlino and Tyler Haws scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, to lead the BYU men’s basketball team to a 92-51 win over Loyola Marymount Thursday night in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.
BYU (11-4, 1-0) shot 50 percent for the game and 43.5 percent from behind the arc in a contest where every player who dressed saw minutes on the floor and all but one scored.
Carlino led all scorers with a season-high 21 points on 7 of 15 shooting, including 4 of 8 from 3-point land. The sophomore also added five rebounds, five assists and four steals.
BYU had three other players just miss double-doubles. Haws had 20 points and nine rebounds while Brandon Davies added 12 points and nine boards, and Josh Sharp contributed seven points and 12 boards, including eight offensive rebounds — just one off the school record.
The Cougar defense limited LMU (7-7, 0-1) to just 30.8 percent shooting and held the WCC’s leading scorer, Anthony Ireland, to just nine points on 4 of 13 shooting.
BYU’s 41-point victory over the Lions is the program’s largest margin of victory over a conference opponent since joining the WCC.
After LMU took an early 3-0 lead, BYU answered with a 5-0 run before the Lions knocked down a jumper in a slow-moving start with baskets coming at a premium to tie the score at 5-5 with 15:06 to go in the first half.
Ashley Hamilton hit back-to-back threes during an LMU 8-0 run before Nate Austin ended it with an alley-oop dunk off an assist from Carlino.
The dunk sparked a 16-0 run by the Cougars as Carlino picked up two more on a scoop-and-score layup and followed it up with a three-pointer to take a 12-11 lead.
Haws added a 3-pointer on the next possession to give BYU a 15-11 advantage with just over 11 minutes to go until the break.
Haws drilled a 3-pointer again and Carlino drained two more treys to stretch BYU’s lead to 24-13. Carlino and Haws combined to knock down five threes in a row to build BYU’s lead with 7:24 left in the first half.
BYU was able to stretch its lead to 13 over the next four minutes before LMU cut it back to 10 with another 3-pointer from Hamilton, his third of the game, but the Cougars answered back with five more before halftime to take a 35-20 lead into the break.
After halftime BYU came out aggressive, pushing its lead to 46-22 in the opening five minutes. Carlino had two steals and another 3-point bucket as the Cougars outscored the Lions 11-2 out of the locker room.
Craig Cusick hit a 3-pointer to give BYU a 59-31 lead with 11:19 to play. Minutes later, Sharp got the crowd going with a one-handed dunk over a defender to make it 65-33.
BYU led 74-37 with over five minutes to go when the Cougars began to empty the bench to get valuable minutes for the reserves. Cusick picked up another trey and Agustin Ambrosino, Cory Calvert and Anson Winder all got on the board.
After completing his freshman season with the BYU football team, defensive end turned power forward Bronson Kaufusi checked into his first game as the newest member of the Cougar basketball team. Kaufusi recorded a steal and two points on a jumper in the final minutes of a 92-51 win for BYU.
Up next the Cougars head to San Francisco to take on the Dons in their first conference road game of the season at 7 p.m. PST on Saturday, Jan. 5. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.
BYU basketball returns to the Marriott Center on Thursday to host LMU in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. MST will be broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM and televised on BYUtv.
BYU Cougars (10-4, 0-0 WCC)
- Head Coach: Dave Rose
- Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
- Division I Career Record: 195-58 (8th)
- Record at BYU: Same
LMU Lions (7-6, 0-0 WCC)
Head Coach: Max Good
Alma Mater: Eastern Kentucky, 1969
Division I Career Record: 302-304 (21st)
Record at LMU: 60-81 (5th)
TV Talent: Dave McCann (play-by-play), Blaine Fowler (analyst), Robbie Bullough (reporter)
Live Video: byutvsports.com
Radio: KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143
Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
Live Audio: KSL.com
Live Stats: BYUcougars.com
Series Record: LMU leads 3-2
Last Meeting: LMU won 82-68, 1/19/12
|LMU Lions (7-6, 0-0 WCC)|
|BYU Cougars (10-4, 0-0 WCC)|
Haws named WCC, SI.com, NBC Sports Player of the Week – Dec. 31, 2012
Tyler Haws was named the player of the week by the WCC, SI.com and NBC Sports after leading BYU to a 2-0 record with wins over Northern Arizona (84-54) and Virginia Tech (97-71). Haws averaged 28.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting .543 (19-35) from the field, .750 (9-12) from three and .909 (10-11) from the free throw line. Haws had a monster performance against the Hokies, scoring a career-high 42 points. Haws’ effort marked the single-highest scoring output by a Division I player so far this season.
Senior Brandon Davies has played his best basketball over the last five games, averaging 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 steals while shooting .652 from the field and .778 from the free throw line.
Tyler Haws hit 10 of 10 from the free throw line vs. Weber State, his third game this season shooting 100 percent from the line while attempting at least 10 free throws. Haws has four such games in his career, tied for the most in BYU history with Jimmer Fredette. Haws is tied with Russell Larson (1993-94) and Roberts (1994-95) for most perfect days from the line (minimum of 10 attempts) in a season with three. Danny Ainge, Lee Cummard, Larson and Roberts are tied for second on the career list with three.
Two averaging 20 in the top 20
Tyler Haws (20.9 points per game) and Brandon Davies (20.1 points per game) are ranked No. 11 and 17, respectively, in scoring in the NCAA. BYU is the only team in the NCAA with two players in the top 20 in scoring and the only program with two players averaging 20-plus points per game. BYU is also one of only four teams with two players in the top 50 in scoring (Cal State Fullerton, Central Connecticut and Iona are the others).
Haws’s big day
- Most points scored by a BYU sophomore
- Tied for eighth-most points scored by an individual in BYU history
- Most points scored by a BYU player not named Jimmer Fredette since 1961 (Bob Skousen, 47 vs. UCLA)
- Most points scored by an individual in NCAA Division I men’s basketball this season
- Gives BYU a father-son duo in the 40-point club (Haws’s father Marty scored 40 vs. Siena in 1989)
Haws the closer
Davies does it all
BYU head coach Dave Rose has led BYU to its most successful eight-year run since taking over in 2005. His career record of 195-58 ranks him second in BYU history in total victories and first in winning percentage (.771). Rose has been named conference coach of the year three times, district coach of the year twice and has guided the Cougars to four conference titles, six NCAA Tournament appearances and six 25-win seasons. In 2010 he led BYU to its first NCAA Tournament win in 17 years and the Cougars have also won at least one tournament game in the two seasons since, including a trip to the Sweet 16 in 2011.