No Jimmermania accompanied the record BYU guard Tyler Haws set on Thurs. Feb. 27. Nor would it ever. But that was probably okay with Haws, who broke the all time scoring record despite not playing in his own gym when he did it.
In a way, the deal was typical Haws. He was in the Chiles Center in Portland, Oregon, gliding into the lane as he double pumped, jack-knifing as he laid the ball off the glass for two points. It was as inconspicuous and routine as any basket Haws has ever scored–except this one came with a pretty cool asterisk next to it.
Like any other basket he’s ever scored in a BYU uniform, there wasn’t any pomp and circumstance; just catch and shoot, get it all over with and move on to the next play. When Haws set the record, there was still 14:49 left to play in the first half. Tylermania? Maybe in your dreams, buddy.
Haws’ routine layup wasn’t anything like Jimmer’s record setting, 52 point night in Albuquerque back in 2010 at the Mountain West Conference semifinal. And so the mere fact that it was so, well, Tyler-like seemed strange in a way to BYU head coach Dave Rose, who was also on the bench the night when Jimmer broke Danny Ainge’s record that stood for over 30 years.
“Tyler was good early and made some big shots. When he hit the fourth basket to get his 8th point, I felt a little bit different,” said Rose. “It was kind of weird, it came in the flow of the game, but I don’t know if relief was the word. I felt good for him and that thing was over and let’s go compete.”
Nothing on this historic night would have compared to a win for BYU though, even with Haws breaking Jimmer’s record. Both Haws and the rest of the Cougars would agree with that statement.
And so when the Cougars did get the win, albeit in methodical fashion, to keep their slim NCAA Tournament hopes alive and kicking for at least one more game, there had to be at least a sigh of relief from Haws, who admitted he didn’t know what to make of this great accomplishment initially.
Perhaps if the record had been broken in the friendly confines of Provo’s Marriott Center, or if BYU was playing basketball under different circumstances than having to fight for a postseason spot there would be more celebration. Then again, that isn’t Haws’ style. Even Kyle Collinsworth, who also played with Jimmer before going on his LDS Church mission to Russia, admitted there are few similarities between the two record breaking Cougars.
“They score a lot different. Ty will come off a screen to hit a shot. Jimmer will dribble around for 10 seconds, and cross someone over. Their games are completely different. It’s pretty crazy,” said Collinsworth. “Ty doesn’t need the ball, he just needs a screen to get open. Their games are way different. What they have in common is, they’re great scorers and they can put the ball in the rim.”
As the night wore on in Portland, Haws’ play even won the opposing fans over. Instead of cheering for only their Portland Pilots and booing the BYU senior, they cheered for him and for the record he broke. In a matter of speaking, maybe Haws for a brief moment felt like he was back home, putting around this moment a yellow ribbon he’ll probably remember even more than the basket he scored, his 2,600th point at BYU.
“It was awesome. It felt like a home game. For a whole defensive possession everyone was on their feet and cheering really loud. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. There’s a whole lot of hard work that goes into something like that. I’m sure it will hit me harder after the season,” said Haws. “You’re so invested in what the team is doing and just winning the game that you can’t really sit back and appreciate how big of a thing like that is. There are so many good players that have come through here that it’s special to have my name up there with those guys.”