STANFORD, Calif. – Junior guard Tyler Haws finished with 31 points and eight rebounds to lead the BYU men's basketball team to a 112-103 victory over Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Monday.
"It was a very entertaining game," BYU basketball coach Dave Rose said. "Our experienced guys know what we want to do and our young guys are learning the pace we want to play at. For the most part, I think we made good decisions. We're just trying to win and hopefully that will give us confidence moving forward."
The 112 points were the most points scored since Feb. 12, 1993, against Sacramento State when BYU scored a team record 128 points. Haws' 31 points was the fourth 30-plus point game of his career and moved him up to 23rd place in BYU's career points list with 1,236 points. He scored 22 of his 31 points in the second half.
"Tyler has pretty much convinced everybody that he's a pretty good basket-maker," Rose said. "He can make baskets and do it at a high rate and do it in a variety of ways. Tonight, he made some really big plays."
Matt Carlino finished with 26 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Kyle Collinsworth finished with 14 points, a career-high nine assists, seven rebounds, three steals and a block. Despite both big men battling foul trouble, Nate Austin contributed 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks and Eric Mika finished with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists. Anson Winder finished with 10 points, five assists, two rebounds and a block off the bench. The last game six players finished in double-figures was in December 2011 against Weber State.
"It's a big W, our first road win, and it's good to have that behind us," Collinsworth said. "Coach Rose was just excited because we're a young team and we showed that we can be a great team on the road."
The Cougars shot 53.5 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from beyond the arc (8 of 15) and assisted on 23 of the 38 field goals made.
"I think a big key to the win was being aggressive from the start and making Stanford make the adjustments," Collinsworth said. "We were just going to put it on them for 40 minutes. We're very unselfish and we'll pass it to the open guy."
Despite going back and forth to start the game, the Cougars tied it at 11-11 on a Haws 3-pointer and went on a 10-2 run, which included a block from Nate Austin and a Winder 3-pointer to cap it off with 12:55 remaining in the half. Haws made consecutive buckets to extend the lead to 27-21 and that was followed by a Mika putback on Haws’ missed free throw to grab an eight-point lead.
With 3:21 remaining in the half, Austin hit the floor to get the steal, which led to an easy layup on the break by Winder to cap a 9-0 run. Winder made his second 3-pointer of the game to take a 10-point lead and a jumper by Haws made the score 54-46 heading into the half.
Collinsworth finished with 12 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block at the half.
Haws started the second half with a layup to give BYU a 10-point lead. Four minutes later, Austin drew a charge, which was followed by another jumper by Haws. A pair of free throws from Carlino matched BYU’s biggest lead from the first half of 12 at 65-53. The Cougars went on a 9-0 run that consisted of a Carlino 3-pointer from a Haws assist and another jumper by Haws to cap the run. Mika’s free throw extended the lead to 19, which was the largest lead of the game at 91-72.
BYU will return to the Marriott Center to take on Mount St. Mary's for the College Basketball Experience Hall of Fame Classic on Friday at 7:30 p.m. MST. The game will be televised live on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.