WOW WOW WOW.
TJ Haws took the ball nearly the full length of the court and hit a buzzer beater to lift BYU past Houston, 72-71. Here’s the final play:
BYU raced out to a 14-point first half lead, but Houston’s length and athleticism wore BYU down almost enough. BYU’s relentlessness and big plays down the stretch kept Houston from truly taking over and kept BYU in it the whole way.
BYU got contributors from all over, with 16 points from Alex Barcello, 14 apiece from Kolby Lee and Jake Toolson, and 10 points from TJ Haws. TJ struggled for much of the night, but the senior came through when it mattered most and delivered 5 assists.
This win was huge for BYU. BYU came in as an 11.5-point underdog and given only a 20% chance to win according to KenPom. Houston was ranked #28 in KenPom, so this will be a huge win on BYU’s resume come March. BYU needed to stay afloat with Yoeli Childs out, and this win will speak volumes if BYU finds itself on the bubble.
BYU next travels to Boise State to take on the Broncos next Wednesday.