“I liked the feel of our team tonight,” BYU head coach Dave Rose said. “You bring your guys back from a break and wonder what you're going to get. I was really pleased. We put a good first half together and a really good second half. We were patient on offense and made open shots.”
Mika led the Cougars with a near double-double consisting of 19 points and nine boards. Haws added 17 points as well as six rebounds and six assists. Steven Beo rounded out the double-digit scoring with 12 while L.J. Rose chipped in across the board with nine points, nine rebounds and four assists.
BYU (10-4, 1-0 WCC) outshot Santa Clara (6-8, 0-1 WCC) 53 percent to 30 percent on the night. Additionally, it led in defensive rebounds 38-26 and points in the paint 34-20.
Mika got the Cougars’ first two buckets of the game, helping to open up a 9-3 lead early on. A pair of Bronco 3-pointers, however, brought them back within three, down 12-9.
A pair of Jamal Aytes’ buckets around the rim helped propel BYU to an 18-9 advantage, forcing a Santa Clara timeout.
Beo made the first Cougar 3-pointer of the night with eight minutes remaining in the half to extend the lead to 16 at 27-11.
BYU continued to roll from there, as a Yoeli Childs jumper brought the Cougars ahead 39-16.
Poor shooting plagued the Broncos throughout the half as BYU took a 44-26 lead heading into halftime.
After the break, a Haws trey and 3-point play made it a 23-point advantage, 53-30.
Another Haws 3-pointer, followed by one from Beo, extended the lead to 64-36, and a Mika bucket made it a 30-point game at 68-38.
Braiden Shaw made a put-back jumper to extend the score to 79-46 with under five minutes to play.
The Cougars eventually came out on top against Santa Clara 89-69.
BYU hits the road next, facing Loyola Marymount Saturday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. PST. The game will be televised live on ROOT RM. The game will also be broadcast on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143.