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BYU Ties School Record For Threes In Maui Win Over Virginia Tech

Nov 28, 2019, 12:52 AM | Updated: 1:25 am

LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 27: TJ Haws #30 of the BYU Cougars drives to the basket and lays the ball in...

LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 27: TJ Haws #30 of the BYU Cougars drives to the basket and lays the ball in during the second half of the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 27, 2019 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

(Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)

LAHAINA, Hawaii – One day after losing to No. 4 Kansas, BYU head coach Mark Pope said he didn’t look at the film from the loss against the Jayhawks so he could dive into preparations for Virginia Tech.

After seeing BYU defeat Virginia Tech 90-77 in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational, the game plan Pope put into place worked for his team.

BYU (5-3) tied a single-game school record for threes with 17 makes from deep in the win over the Hokies. Senior guard TJ Haws led the way scoring a team-high 20 points and knocking down four of BYU’s 17 three’s.

In the second half, Haws scored 13 consecutive points for BYU during a 22-4 run that created the separation needed to pull away from a young Hokies squad who knocked off No. 3 Michigan State earlier in the week.

“I felt like I could see the ball go through the hole one time and getting a little bit of rhythm,” said Haws.

“But really I was just getting good looks and fortunately they fell. I feel like our whole team was really in a great rhythm and that momentum and energy is contagious and it’s good to see the ball go through the hoop.”

The soft rims at the Lahaina Civic Center were unkind to BYU against Kansas the night before, but the law of averages swung back in the Cougars’ favor. BYU shot 50-percent from beyond the arc and 54-percent from the field.

Virginia Tech’s shooting was nothing to scoff at either as they were 50-percent from deep as well. The difference was that BYU put up 12 more attempts than the Hokies.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” said Pope. “What an unbelievable effort they put on the floor and did it together from start to finish absolutely together. It was extraordinary. And I’m really excited for the future that we have together throughout the season.”

With the win over the Hokies, BYU leaves Maui with a 2-1 record and now sits at 5-3 overall on the season.

“It’s so big. It’s just so big for these guys,” Pope said.

“They’re going to get on the plane tomorrow — it probably didn’t look like it post-game. Probably post-game it probably looked like we won the tournament championship. But for us to roll out of here, claiming third place in a tournament that’s just ridiculously stacked and minus what people on paper say is our best player, and to beat — this Virginia Tech team, what they have done? … For us to be able to come here and beat UCLA and Virginia Tech and get a little bit humbled and learn from Kansas is huge for us because our goal is to keep rolling.”

BYU Basketball head coach Mark Pope after Virginia Tech win: “We don’t fly out till noon tomorrow so we’re about to party all night long.”“Remember now, you’re Mormon.”Pope: “Yes, we are. It’s a non-alcoholic party for the next 16 hours, baby!” 🍹 😆 🎥 Maui Invitational

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BYU will now look to keep things rolling this Saturday when they host Division II program Montana Tech in the Marriott Center at 1 p.m. The game will mark the last of a nine-game suspension for Yoeli Childs. The Cougars are in great shape after an eventful three games on the island of Maui.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

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BYU Ties School Record For Threes In Maui Win Over Virginia Tech