Mid-range wizard. Jumpshot automaton. And now, BYU's all-time leading scorer.
With a right handed lay-up at the 14:35 mark in the first half in Portland, Tyler Haws completed his ascent to the top of BYU basketball's record books and can call himself the all-time top scorer in school history.
And huge kudos for doing this on the road:
Nice job Ty. Great sign too @P_Norton pic.twitter.com/NNUPSUq2ei— HawsP (@HawsP) February 27, 2015
The record, of course, comes at the expense of one James Taft Fredette, who set the previous mark of 2,599 points in 2011 during his National Player of the Year campaign. The points machine has made his scoring hay from a high usage, high shooting percentage combo along with getting to the free-throw line seven times per game and converting at an 88% clip.
Haws has tallied 13 games of 30+ points in his career, including two 40+ efforts. His prolific abilities were best on display in a two-week, four-game stretch in 2014 of his junior season. After totaling 48 points in a three-overtime loss to Portland, Haws followed that game with 23, 38, and 33 points to kickstart BYU's 10-2 finish to get to the NCAA Tournament.
In that four-game stretch, Haws averaged 35.5 points per game, shot 46-of-86 from the floor (.535), 11-of-19 from three (.579), and 39-of-45 from the free-throw line (.867). That's a crazy average of 11 made field goals and 10 made free throws per game.
His performance to lead the Cougars to the NIT final four as a sophomore (in his first season off a mission) was also impressive. Haws scored 37 in an opening-round track meet against Washington, then scored 24, 25, and 25 in the following three games -- one of which was a true road game, and one at Madison Square Garden.
Haws' career marks at BYU have often been second-to-none, as he also already holds the school records for 20-point games, free throws made, free throw percentage, and games started.
As Steve Pierce wrote in his senior profile of Haws (which you should read for a more robust look at Haws' greatness):
He does things that no one else can do (not just at BYU, but across the country), and he does them every single night for his team. As much as basketball is a team sport where no one player should be given too much credit for success or too much blame for failure, Haws might be one of the few exceptions. He deserves every accolade, every honor, every shred of praise he's ever gotten - because he's earned them.
Congrats on the mark, Ty. It's been a pleasure to watch.