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TJ Haws’ career night propels BYU to win over Portland State

NCAA Basketball: San Francisco at Brigham Young Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

In a night where Yoeli Childs was a bit under the weather, TJ Haws responded with a career-high 30 points to lift BYU to a 85-66 win over Portland State.

BYU handled Portland State’s press fairly well and held the Vikings to 31.8% shooting from the field. The defense also forced 21 PSU turnovers and 21% three-point shooting.

Haws finished 5-10 from three and added 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Yoeli Childs was second on the team with 13 points, and Zac Seljaas and Connor Harding each added 11 points apiece. The fifth starter, Jahshire Hardnett, had 6 points but led BYU with 4 steals.

After a three-game losing streak, BYU has responded with three wins in a row all by 15 points or more. The Cougars are now 8-4 on the season with three remaining non-conference games before WCC play begins at the beginning of January. All 3 opponents — UNLV, San Diego State and Mississippi State — are away from home, which gives BYU an opportunity to beef up their resume if they can capitalize.

BYU next travels to Las Vegas to play old MWC foe UNLV Saturday night in T-Mobile Arena.