Sunday, December 30, 2012

Brigham Young routs Hokies behind 42 from Haws

The Cougars never trailed and handed Virginia Tech its second straight big loss, and next up is ACC play.

Associated Press

Brigham Young guard Tyler Haws goes to the basket as Virginia Tech guard Robert Brown defends in the second half Saturday in Salt Lake City. Brown had 13 points.

Associated Press

Brigham Young guard Tyler Haws goes to the basket as Virginia Tech guard Robert Brown defends in the second half Saturday in Salt Lake City. Brown had 13 points.

Virginia Tech Hokies basketball

Berman Courtside

SALT LAKE CITY - Tyler Haws may not have bragging rights on Jimmer Fredette.

Yet after Saturday's effort against Virginia Tech, he certainly has them on his dad.

The Brigham Young sophomore scored a career-high 42 points in the Cougars' 97-71 victory, moving past father Marty into a tie for eighth all-time on the school's single-game scoring charts.

Marty Haws was 10th on the list with 40 points scored in a 1989 game against Siena. Fredette still owns the school record of 52 in 2011.

Haws was all smiles afterward when told about passing his father. "That is a cool thing," he said.

Very little of what happened on Saturday was cool for the Hokies (9-4).

In its first game since a blowout loss to Colorado State in the championship game of last week's Las Vegas Classic, Virginia Tech again struggled to keep up with the Cougars.

Virginia Tech's top threat, Erick Green, had trouble finding any rhythm.

Green entered the game as the nation's leading scorer, averaging 25.4 points a game.

He finished with 12 on 4 of 17 shooting for Virginia Tech.

"He's a terrific scorer. I thought our guys did a pretty good job of getting him in spots that are pretty tough to score," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "He doesn't really like to dribble into 3s. He's a catch-and-shoot 3-point guy in transition. We did a good job of getting back.

"He beat us on the dribble a few times and got shots in the lane, but I thought we closed quickly on his penetration and contested him pretty well."

The 6-foot-3 senior guard didn't score until 14:17 remained in the first half, and the Hokies were already down eight.

And by then, it was obvious the day belonged to Haws, who hit 3s for the Cougars (10-4) from seemingly everywhere.

"He was special," Virginia Tech coach James Johnson said. "He's probably one of the best guards we'll play against all year."

Haws finished 14 of 25 overall, with his six 3-pointers also a career high.

Johnson said he altered the game plan in the second half to avoid letting Haws get any looks or touches.

"It kept him from getting 60," Johnson said.

When the Hokies finally started guarding him, he found ways to get inside and to the line.

His driving layup with 3:37 remaining tied him with his dad, Marty, with 40 points on BYU's all-time charts.

And his two free throws 25 seconds later gave him 42, tying him with Fredette for eighth-best all-time at BYU.

He then took a seat on the bench but not until after receiving a standing ovation.

Jarell Eddie led Virginia Tech with 17 points and Robert Brown added 13.

Overall, it was a disappointing effort by the Hokies, who arrived in Utah several days early.

The Hokies' record was 7-0 after they beat Oklahoma State by 10 on Dec. 1 - their first win over a ranked nonconference opponent in 17 years. And they had a quality win over Iowa a week before that.

But since then, Tech has gone 2-4, the other two losses coming at West Virginia and at home to Georgia Southern. And it took a miracle comeback in the final minute of overtime for the Hokies to beat Bradley in the Las Vegas Classic semifinals.

Now they have a week to regroup before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play at Maryland.

"We've got to have more guys playing well on the same night," Johnson said. "We don't have the luxury of having a couple of guys like Davies and Haws that can carry us."

VIRGINIA TECH (9-4)

Brown 5-12 3-4 13, Raines 0-2 0-6 0, Green 4-17 4-6 12, Eddie 5-12 6-6 17, Barksdale 1-1 0-0 2, Van Zegeren 3-4 1-4 7, Patrick 0-1 0-2 0, Rankin 0-2 2-2 2, Donlon 1-1 1-2 3, Beyer 4-6 1-2 9, Racer 0-0 0-0 0, Johnston 1-5 3-4 6. Totals 24-63 21-38 71.

BYU (10-4)

Davies 5-7 7-9 17, Haws 14-25 8-9 42, Carlino 3-7 3-4 9, Sharp 3-5 4-5 10, Zylstra 1-5 0-0 2, Delgado 2-4 0-0 5, Cusick 0-2 0-0 0, Ambrosino 0-2 0-0 0, Winder 0-1 0-0 0, Calvert 1-2 2-2 4, Austin 3-7 0-0 6, Harward 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 33-71 24-29 97.

Halftime-BYU 56-31. 3-Point Goals-Virginia Tech 2-20 (Eddie 1-4, Johnston 1-5, Rankin 0-2, Brown 0-4, Green 0-5), BYU 7-19 (Haws 6-8, Delgado 1-3, Sharp 0-1, Carlino 0-1, Austin 0-1, Ambrosino 0-1, Zylstra 0-2, Cusick 0-2). Fouled Out-Austin. Rebounds-Virginia Tech 39 (Beyer 11), BYU 48 (Austin 8). Assists-Virginia Tech 11 (Green 6), BYU 18 (Davies, Zylstra 4). Total Fouls-Virginia Tech 19, BYU 25. Technical-Virginia Tech Bench. A-15,684.

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