Haws' 35 highlights Cougar offensive show

mperry | Posted: 12 Apr 2021 | Updated: 12 Apr 2021
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PROVO, Utah – Senior guard Tyler Haws led all scorers in a smooth offensive display at the annual Cougar Tipoff as the white team won the first half 34-27, and the blue team took the second 56-45, Wednesday night at the Marriott Center.

Haws poured in 35 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from behind of the arc and 9-of-9 from the free-throw line. Skyler Halford chipped in nine points and led all players with 11 assists. Kyle Davis paced the white team in the second half with 16 points on 8 of 10 from the field.  

Other Cougars in double figures included Jordan Ellis and Anson Winder with 13 and 12 points, respectively, while Isaac Neilson had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Chase Fischer and Luke Worthington each added 11 points.

The first bucket of the game came on a jumper at the rim of the white team’s Isaac Neilson. Tyler Haws then started the scoring effort for the blue team with a jump shot, evening the game at two apiece.

The teams traded points back and forth to keep the game close early on. Fischer converted a reverse layup to push the white team up 17-15.

The blue team eventually took a 19-17 lead at the 7:54 mark on Haws’ two free throws, but a dunk by Isaac Neilson tied it back up.

Halford’s 3-pointer after a Fischer steal put the white team up 24-19, the biggest lead of the half until that point. Neilson then hit a three to go up 27-21 after a Kaufusi finished at the rim for the blues. Chatman answered with a three of his own for the blue team, cutting the lead to 27-24.

After three-straight turnovers by the white team, Fischer ended the drought with a deep 3-pointer at the top of the key extending the small lead to 32-27 with 1:54 left in the period.

The whites ended the half up 34-27, with the last points coming on a Josh Sharp tip-in before the clock ran out.

The second half began as the teams reset the scoreboard and mixed up the teams.

Playing for the blue team, Fischer hit a three to start the scoring in the second half.

Sharp’s bucket, two Haws free-throws, Neilson’s layup and Sharp’s second bucket comprised an 8-0 run for the blue team, taking a 21-13 lead into a timeout called by the white team.

Halford then connected on a jumper at the elbow, giving the blue team the lead, 23-13.

The white team began to chip away at the lead, but Haws’ dunk put the blues back up by eight. Then a quick dish down to an open Halford on the next possession pushed the margin back to 10 with the advantage in favor of the blues, 31-21.

Haws’ third three propelled the blues further ahead of the whites, 36-25. Haws followed with another made 3-pointer on his next shot, helping his team to a 41-29 advantage with 5:10 left in the game.

Davis’ jumper and Chatman’s three from near the top of the arc cut the blue lead to seven with 4:20 to play.

Winder’s 3-pointer from the right side ended a 6-0 run by the white team as the blues then secured the lead the rest of the period.

Postgame Quotes

Dave Rose

"I've been through quite a few of these and it's tough to get through it when every time something good happens for one team, there are usually some issues on the other team, and they're both your team. I'll be glad to get to Saturday where we're actually playing against somebody else. My initial reaction was that we did a lot of good things. I'm glad we got a lot of guys to play and it was a nice little crowd. We had way too many fouls and turnovers. Those are things we'll really need to work on."

On Isaac Neilson:

"I felt like Isaac was engaged offensively. I think defensively and rebounding are things we can show him with the film and build from there. I think he's skilled and I'm hoping he'll be a really durable post-player for us. I think he's got a chance to be a good offensive post-player. I was happy for his offensive performance tonight."

On Chase Fischer:

"I think Chase had a lot of really good moments out there, but any player that's practiced for an entire year waiting for this moment, he was a little bit ahead of himself at times. I really like his presence on the floor and I thought he did a good job of carrying himself and taking advantage of opportunities that presented themselves for him. I think he's a guy who can do a lot for us on the guard line."

On Kyle Collinsworth:

"I don't think he'll play on Saturday. We set the first full week of November as a timetable for him to where he was 100 percent in going back. He's been so diligent in his progress and I think that's something he really wants to stay with. Hopefully he can go through a full week of practice and play in the second exhibition game."

Chase Fischer

On playing:

"It felt really good. We've been doing that same setup for three weeks now, but it was good because I can finally play. For me, it was good to get out in front of some fans with the lights on. I think we still have a lot of work to do, but it felt really good to get out there."

On Coach Rose's system:

"I feel good with everything. I think for me, it'll take a little time, a couple preseason games, to get that under my belt. It did feel natural after being here for a year, so there's a level of comfort that comes with that."

Playing with Tyler Haws:

"I think I'm getting kind of sick of playing against him and I had to guard him in the first half. It's tough because he can score any way and if you gamble, he's going to score. He's one of the best players in the nation and he sets a good example. He's a great leader and he's a great overall guy to have on your team." 

Isaac Neilson

On playing:

"It was awesome. I was looking forward to that for three or four years now. I loved every minute of it and I'm just trying to get better every day."

On Coach Rose's system:

"We've had a year to implement it, so we transitioned pretty well."

On playing against opponent on Saturday:

"It'll be nice to play against other people. You get used to guarding your own teammates, but when you're going against someone else you can get a lot more experience that way. I'm definitely looking forward to this season."  â€‹

Cougar Tipoff Cumulative Statistics
Number Name Points Rebounds Assists Steals Blocks
1 Chase Fischer 11 3 2 4 0
2 Jordan Ellis 13 3 0 0 0
3 Tyler Haws 35 2 2 3 0
10 Ryan Andrus 4 5 0 0 0
12 Josh Sharp 4 2 3 2 1
15 Jake Toolson 8 4 1 1 0
20 Anson Winder 12 1 3 2 0
21 Kyle Davis 16 2 0 0 0
23 Skyler Halford 9 5 11 2 0
24 Frank Bartley IV 6 4 3 3 0
25 Jordan Chatman 3 2 0 0 0
30 Dalton Nixon 0 2 0 2 0
35 Isaac Neilson 13 10 1 2 1
41 Luke Worthington 11 5 0 0 0
44 Corbin Kaufusi 7 4 0 0 2
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