Santa Clara Broncos forward DJ Mitchell (0) tries to block but fouls Brigham Young Cougars guard TJ Haws (30) at Brigham Young University in Provo on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Late in the game, TJ Haws took control. The Cougar senior helped BYU score on 14 of its final 15 possessions on its way to a 85-75 victory over the Broncos at the Marriott Center. Haws finished with 28 points and he dished out nine assists.
PROVO — Playing in its first game as a ranked team in nine years, and with 3-pointers not falling like usual, No. 23 BYU found itself trailing by a couple of points midway through the second half against Santa Clara.
Then with 5:37 remaining, the score was tied at 66.
That’s when guard TJ Haws took control.
The Cougar senior helped BYU score on 14 of its final 15 possessions on its way to a 85-75 victory over the Broncos at the Marriott Center.
Haws finished with 28 points, scoring on a variety of mid-range jumpers and drives to the hoop, and he dished out nine assists. Just as importantly, he hit 12 of 12 free throws, including six over the final four minutes. He’s made a total of 28 free throws in a row.
“Santa Clara made an all-out commitment to not double in the post and not give up 3’s. Your poison there is TJ Haws downhill,” said BYU coach Mark Pope. “I don’t know if anyone wants to see TJ Haws downhill. He’s just too good. He’s unbelievable. He’s really special. But it’s hard. You have to make a decision. (Bronco) coach (Herb) Sendek is a master. That’s the decision that he made to try and do it that way and TJ said, ‘No, I’m not going to let you do it that way.’ He was sensational.”
“I thought we started moving the ball really well, getting open looks and making the extra pass and we knocked down big shots,” Haws said.
“They had a game plan. They wanted to get us off the 3-point line and force us to drive,” said Jake Toolson, who recorded a double-double with 20 points and had 10 rebounds. “They did a good job making it tough on us. As the game went on, we started taking the best shot on each possession. A lot of times, that was Teej …read more
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