PROVO, Utah – Tyler Haws’ season-high 35 points led the BYU men’s basketball team to an 84-72 victory over the Pepperdine Waves on Thursday.
"That was quite a battle," BYU basketball coach Dave Rose said. "It was an interesting game because I think both teams prepared for a rematch of the game a few days ago and it turned out that both teams played completely different lineups than they did the first game. It was a good game that went right down to the wire and we made some big shots and stops late."
Kyle Collinsworth nearly had a triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, while Skyler Halford added 18 points and a career-high six rebounds. Nate Austin ended with six points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
The Cougars (10-7, 2-2) started the first half on a 12-0 run that included consecutive 3-pointers by Halford and Haws. A strong move down the lane by Haws gave BYU the 12-0 lead at the 16:46 mark. Pepperdine (10-7, 3-2) answered back to cut BYU’s lead 18-17, but BYU responded with a 6-0 run that included an Austin a putback layup and a reverse layup by Collinsworth at the 7:40 mark.
With 5:46 remaining in the half, Haws made a layup to make it a three-point game after the Waves cut the lead back to one. Austin’s dive to the floor led to a Haws floater to grab the two-point lead after Pepperdine tied the game at 28 apiece with 2:28 left in the half. With seven seconds remaining, Halford drove to the rim to give BYU a 33-30 lead at the half.
Haws led all players at halftime with 13 points. Halford and Collinsworth each added seven points of their own.
Halford opened the second half on a solo 5-0 run with a 3-pointer and a drive to the rim to put BYU up 38-30. Austin recorded his second block of the game at the 16:24 mark, which was followed by a three-point play by Haws on a baseline drive to make it 45-40. Matt Carlino, who finished with 10 points and six assists, made his first field goal of the game from beyond the arc with 10:56 left in the game to grab the eight-point lead.
With under 10 minutes left to play, Collinsworth’s fadeaway jumper gave BYU the 57-48 lead. The Waves came back to make it a two-point game, but the Cougars responded with a baseline jumper by Halford and back-to-back 3-pointers by Haws to grab the 70-60 lead and to cap an 8-0 run with 3:44 remaining in the game. Out of BYU’s last 19 points, Haws scored 12 to end the game.
The Cougars finished the second half with a 53.6 shooting percentage, while keeping Pepperdine to 38.7 percent. They also outrebounded the Waves 40-23, with 17 offensive rebounds, and outscored them in the paint 34-22 for the game.
BYU will stay home to welcome Loyola Marymount on Saturday at 7 p.m. MST. The game will be televised on BYUtv and broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM/1160 AM.