San Diego Defense Was Good, But TJ Haws’ Offense Was Better As BYU Defeats USD 74-58
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The San Diego Toreros had a wake up call losing to Portland on Thursday night in Jenny Craig Pavilion, and that was evident Saturday night against BYU in Provo as the Toreros defense was as good as advertised. But sophomore TJ Haws was as better and he delivered a performance that reminded so many of why he was such a highly-advertised player coming out of Lone Peak High.
Haws finished with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting and 4-of-8 from behind the arc. BYU currently has the best 21-game record since Jimmer’s senior season seven years ago where they were 20-1 through 21 games.
With TJ Haws getting back to his usual self, the Cougars are a force to take note of in a West Coast Conference that is looking to get three teams into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012.
BYU’s “Big 3” of Haws, Yoeli Childs, and Eli Bryant combined for 51 of BYU’s 74 points as the Cougars took down the Toreros 74-58.
Former Ute and current San Diego star Isaiah Wright scored 13 points, but was kept in check till late in the game and was a non-factor on the offensive end.
A staggering stat from this game was BYU’s bench. Only two points were scored from the Cougar bench and that came from Luke Worthington.
Dalton Nixon returned to action for the first time since the Illinois State game and he played in only seven minutes. Conditioning will be key for Nixon moving forward as he gets back into game shape.
This was a solid win for BYU as the Toreros are a Top-150 squad in the current KenPom rankings. The Toreros will be a difficult challenge in Jenny Craig Pavilion, but that challenge won’t come close to what looms for the Cougars as they prepare for St. Mary’s on Thursday night in Moraga.