KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Tyler Haws’ 23 second-half points led the BYU men’s basketball team to a 86-82 victory over the Texas Longhorns on Monday.
"We had two things to do tonight to win, we needed urgency throughout the game to not make it a losing streak," BYU basketball coach Dave Rose said. "The second thing was we were going to have to execute late in the game. The guys were just really good down the stretch. We got out rebounded and at times it looked like they were manhandling us, but we made shots to stay in the game and then when it was time to win the game we were really good on both ends I thought."
With 0:39 left in the game, Haws hit a one-legged off-balance jumper to take the 83-80 lead and he later sealed the game with free throws. Haws scored 19 of BYU’s last 21 points of the game to finish with a total of 25 points, five rebounds and two assists.
"It was a great second half of the second half for Tyler," Rose said. "A lot of it was he got to the free throw line, Ty's one of the best we've ever had of playing the next play and not playing the last play... He's one of those guys that kind of lives for that moment. That's what he wants. He got some space and buried that thing."
Matt Carlino finished with 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and a steal, going 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Eric Mika added 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block, while Kyle Collinsworth contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and five rebounds. Frank Bartley IV scored all 11 points off the bench and was perfect from the field, going 3 of 3 from beyond the arc.
The Cougars shot 45.2 percent from the field and shot 83.3 percent from beyond the arc (10 of 12), and held the Longhorns to 37.3 percent shooting. BYU finished with 20 assists on 28 made field goals. Texas did outrebound BYU 47-40.
After trailing early 12-11, the Cougars went on a 10-0 run to take a 21-12 lead with 13:36 remaining in the half. Mika put up the first points for BYU in the post and was followed by four 3-pointers from Carlino and two from Bartley. Bartley recorded a block with 11:39 left, which was followed by two dunks on consecutive possessions by Mika to go up 25-19.
Texas responded with a 17-4 run to take a three-point lead. Mika’s third dunk of the game tied it at 31-31 with Collinsworth’s drive to the basket giving BYU a one-point lead at 39-38. Bartley’s third 3-pointer of the game gave the Cougars the 42-39 lead with 0:54 remaining and ended the half up 43-42.
Mika and Carlino finished with 12 points each with Bartley contributing 10 points off the bench.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle until Texas took the 56-60 lead. Nate Austin drew a charge three minutes into the second half, then a Carlino steal led to an easy layup in transition at the 14:56 mark. Haws followed it up with layup of his own to put BYU up 54-53. A Carlino 3-pointer cut the deficit 59-60 and was followed by back-to-back 3-pointers by Haws to take a one-point lead. With 1:39 remaining, Haws hit a jumper to put BYU up 81-80.
BYU will play in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic on Tuesday at the Sprint Center at 9 p.m. CST. The game will be televised live on ESPN2/ESPNU and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.