KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tyler Haws scored all but two of his 25 points in the second half, Matt Carlino added 20 points and BYU bounced back from its first loss of the season to beat Texas 86-82 on Monday night in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.
Haws, who missed two games earlier this season with an abdominal injury, carried the Cougars (5-1) down the stretch. His jumper with 1:39 remaining gave BYU the lead, and an off-balance floater barely beat the shot clock and to extend the lead to 83-81 with 41 second left.Jonathan Holmes scored with 18.9 seconds left for Texas (5-1), but Haws made good on a pair of free throws at the other end, and Damarcus Croaker missed a potential tying 3.Haws made one of two foul shots with 5.3 seconds left to put the game away.Javan Felix had 17 points to lead the Longhorns, who had never lost in the tournament. Croaker finished with 14 points, Cameron Ridley added 12 points and Prince Ibeh had 11.Eric Mika had 15 points and Kyle Collinsworth had 13 for the Cougars, who were coming off a last-second loss to Iowa State. Frank Bartley IV added 11 points.BYU will play the winner of No. 12 Wichita State and DePaul in Tuesday night's title game.The Cougars didn't seem to have any hangover from their loss, torching the nets in the Sprint Center in the first half. Carlino hit his first four attempts from beyond the arc, and BYU hit its first six as a team, in racing out to a 21-12 lead in the opening minutes.Texas started to assert itself with its size later in the half.Ibeh had nine of his points and Ridley had seven as the Longhorns bruised their way back into the game. Felix added a couple 3-pointers during the charge, and Texas eventually capped a 17-4 run with a pair of free throws from Isaiah Taylor to take a 29-25 lead with 8:21 left in the half.It became a back-and-forth affair from there with the Cougars leading 43-42 at the break.Texas had the Cougars briefly on the ropes midway through the second half, taking a 70-65 lead, but Haws answered with a pair of 3-pointers and a pair of free throws. He added two more foul shots a few minutes later to get the Cougars within 77-76 at the final media timeout.The game remained tense down the stretch with neither team able to deliver a knockout blow.Eventually, the Cougars' superior shooting finally paid off. They wound up 10 of 12 from beyond the arc and shot 45 percent from the field, while the Longhorns were just 6 of 24 from beyond the arc and struggled from the free-throw line.It was the first meeting between the schools since Dec. 1, 1978.