Texas pounded BYU inside for most of the game, but the Longhorns could not stop Cougar junior guard Tyler Haws down the stretch. The 6-foot-5-inch guard scored 19 of BYU’s final 21 points leading to an 86-82 Cougar victory.
The Longhorns (4-1) and Cougars (5-1) were locked in a back-and-forth battle, as neither team held a lead larger than five points the entire game. But Texas couldn’t find an answer for Haws’ shooting late.
BYU led 81-80 at just under a minute left. But after a stellar defensive possession by Texas, the Cougars had only a few seconds left on the shot clock. A hard screen near the right corner gave Haws enough space to take a one-footed jumper from just inside the arc, which, despite twisting his body 90 degrees in the air, touched nothing but net.
Texas had a few opportunities for the equalizer, but freshman guard Damarcus Croaker’s attempt from behind the arc clanged off the back rim with 13 seconds remaining, sealing BYU’s victory.
The Longhorns, who entered the game with five scorers averaging double digits, received another balanced offensive effort in the loss.
Sophomore guard Javan Felix led the Longhorns with 17 points on 6-for-18 shooting, while adding four assists, three rebounds and four steals. Felix, who started the first three games of the year, came off the bench for the second game in a row with Croaker starting in his place. Felix has shown a knack for providing a scoring presence in the sixth man role, averaging 15.5 points over the last two games.
Croaker missed the potential game-tying shot, but contributed 14 points, which included a trio of threes, and four rebounds.
Texas’ pair of sophomore centers, Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh, each had productive evenings against a smaller Cougar frontcourt. Ridley posted his first double-double of the season, 12 points and 10 rebounds, while adding six blocks. Ibeh added 11 points and six rebounds. It’s only the second time in Ibeh’s career he surpassed double digits in points.