STANFORD, Calif.- Tyler Haws scored 31 points to lead six players in double figures as BYU outlasted Stanford 112-103 on Monday night in Maples Pavilion.
BYU (2-0, 0-0 WCC) shot 53.5 percent from the field overall, thanks mainly to Haws connecting on 10-18 attempts and Matt Carlino adding 26 points on 8-16 shooting. The Cougars made 8-15 from beyond the arc and 28-43 from the foul line.
Stanford (1-1, 0-0 Pac-12) connected on 45.9 percent shooting and placed four players in double figures. Chasson Randle’s career-high 33 points (12-23 FG, 7-9 FT) were the most for a Cardinal player since Landry Fields scored 35 against UCLA back on Feb. 4, 2010.
Dwight Powell contributed 28 points (10-15 FG, 7-10 FT) and seven rebounds while Anthony Brown chipped in with 16 points. Josh Huestis grabbed a game-high nine boards as both teams finished with 39 rebounds.
The 215 total points were the most since Stanford edged UCLA 116-110 in double-overtime on Dec. 23, 1987. Monday’s output represented the most combined points in regulation since Dec. 6, 1985, when Stanford defeated Yale 129-108.
BYU’s 112 points were the most allowed by Stanford since a 114-93 loss at UCLA on Feb. 24, 1977.
Leading 38-35 with just over five minutes remaining before halftime, the Cougars scored nine unanswered points and took a 54-46 edge in the locker room.
A three-pointer from Powell brought Stanford to within 72-64 at the 12:22 mark of the second half, only to have BYU embark on a 19-8 scoring run that gave the Cougars their largest lead of the game at 91-72.
Stanford kept fighting until the end, whittling the lead to single digits with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
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NOTES: John Gage scored 12 points in 17 minutes off the bench, knocking down four three-pointers in a game for the third time in his career … Stanford finished 26-34 from the charity stripe and is now 41-55 (74.5 percent) over its first two games … Four of Stanford’s five starters played at least 32 minutes … Monday’s meeting was the first since a 62-53 Stanford win at the EA Sports Maui Invitational on Nov. 23, 2004. It was BYU’s first appearance at Maples Pavilion since Jan. 4, 1969, one night after the Cougars defeated the Cardinal 95-89 in the first game ever played in the facility … Stanford defeated Oregon State 103-101 in quadruple-overtime on Jan. 7, 2012. The 103 points were the most Stanford has scored at home since Dec. 28, 2008 in a 111-66 rout of Texas Tech … Tonight marked Stanford’s 28th 100-point game in school history … Tyler Haws’ 31 points were the most for an opposing player since Arizona State’s Jahii Carson poured in 34 on March 13, 2013 in the Pac-12 Tournament … BYU’s 112 points were the most allowed by Stanford in a home game since a 120-74 defeat to UCLA on Feb. 28, 1976 … Monday’s game represented the start of ESPN’s sixth annual 24-hour College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
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Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins
On BYU’s 112-point performance…
“I haven’t seen a team shoot like this often. They shot lights-out. Give them a lot of credit. I thought they had a lot of contributions, not just from Carlino, who we know is a really good player, as well as Haws. They got a lot of contributions from a lot of the other guys in the starting lineup and their bench, and so all of those kids were kind of firing on all cylinders, shooting the ball very well. I thought we had hands in faces at times, contested shots. Guys made tough ones, and that’s tough, because it’s been a while since I can remember scoring over 100 points and losing a college basketball game in 40 minutes. And so give them a lot of credit. They shot the ball well, played with a lot of confidence. I thought our kids kept fighting. We cut it to single-digits. Late when we got down big in the second half, our kids showed no quit. It was just a matter of trying to get stops, and we couldn’t sustain stops.”
On the Cardinal’s defense…
“I won’t say it’s their hot hands. We have to get better defensively. We can’t give up 112 points. No matter how well a team shot, we have to do better defensively, and that’s something that we’ve done well, and been calling card of ours: defending. So I was very disappointed in the fact that we allowed 112 points and such a good field goal percentage shooting by a number of players.”
On playing against a hot-shooting team…
“I’m interested to look at it on film and study exactly what we did. Like I said before, I thought they took some tough shots, I thought they gained some confidence by making tough shots. And I thought at times, we broke down as well. And so I think that combination really hurt us. But if you look at their points, 28 points off of turnovers. We had 14 turnovers, which means they pretty much scored every single time we turned the ball over. And so that’s very efficient. We need to grow up and learn from this lesson and get better from it, because we are going to hang our hat on defense. We are going to have a defensive identity. That’s who we’re always going to be, because offense comes and goes. We shot the ball okay tonight; we didn’t shoot the ball as well as we could have. Offense is not the issue. It’s what we’re going to do on the defensive end, possession by possession. And we’ll get that corrected.”
On moving forward…
“The thing is, we have to continue to get better. This is game two of our season. I think there’s a lot to learn from this game; I think there’s a lot to learn from this opponent. They’re one of the fastest teams in transition that we’ve faced in the last several years, and that was good for us. They really pushed the basketball on misses and makes. They really keep a lot of pressure on you with their offense, and they keep you on your heels that way.”
On the loss…
“First of all, I want to give credit to them. Like Coach said, they did a good job shooting the basketball. I’m not looking at the numbers…at the end of the day, I think we’ve got to figure out what we’ve got to do to get the win on Thursday.”
On the loss…
“Like Chasson said, they’re a great team. What they like to do is shoot and score, [Carlino and Haws] especially. They get a lot of shots up every game. And unfortunately we had a hard time taking away what they like, which are mid-range jumpers and driving to the basket and attacking the middle and coming up on curls. And they did what they like, and they’re good at it, so they executed well. Tonight they may have shot better than normal, but we have to step up our defensive game if we expect to beat anyone, because 112 points is unacceptable regardless of how well a team shoots.”
On the Cardinal’s defense…
“I think today showed us that there’s a lot of things we need to work on, collectively as a team as well as individually on the ball, and in help-side rotations, because that can’t happen. Like you said, we do hang our hat on defense, and tonight we didn’t show up with the toughness that we needed to get it done."
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
“Well, that was a really entertaining game, there were a lot of fouls called. Both teams played really well offensively. Usually early in the year your defense is way better than your offense, but that wasn't the case tonight. Both teams shot the ball well, the rebounding was even. Seemed like they dominated the boards in the first half; our guys did a decent job of trying to corral balls. Our plan of attack was scoring; that was the key to the game for us.”
On wanting to push the ball in transition…
“Right now we're trying to get used to seeing how the games are going to be called; we have a couple guards who can really get by guys; we've always been a kind of penetrate-and-kick, three-point-shooting team. We hit eight threes tonight, which is good; a lot of this game was straight off the transition. We'll find ourselves on how we're really going to play.”
On shooting early in the shot clock…
“We want good shots -- good open shots. It puts a lot of pressure on a team, keeps them on their heels. It also puts a lot of pressure on us to keep possessions, because we play so fast, but I think our guys are used to it.”
On the run-and-gun contest tonight…
“That's just kind of our style. We're going to continue doing it and getting better at it. I didn't think we were getting tired at all. My legs were pretty fresh late in the game.”
On beating a Pac-12 team on the road…
“We expected to come in and win. We had a good game plan going in, we knew they were going press early. They did the press later, too, we kind of forgot about it for a second. Nothing they did surprised us. I don't think we've played a team with that much length. They were really long and super-athletic.”
On the up-tempo style…
“I thought it was a pretty physical game. Right until the end it was a battle. It was up and down, and they never went away; that's a good team. Our guys rebounded really well, which helped us get into our transition game. I thought we shared the ball really well (23 assists). We found the open guy, and we took good shots, and we were able to knock a bunch down."