Tyler Haws loves the second half.
At least the junior BYU guard has the last couple of nights. His shooting spark in the closing stages Saturday night led BYU to a 91-68 win against Loyola Marymount.
Haws was just 2-of-9 shooting in the first half, but recovered — much like the win against Pepperdine on Thursday — with 31 points.
He finished 9-of-19 from the field for the 40th 20-point game of his Cougar career. It was his second consecutive game with 30 points. He was pulled from the game with about 90 seconds left to a nice ovation.
He wasn't the only Cougar who deserved one, as BYU rallied strong from a one-point halftime deficit.
Matt Carlino chipped in 18 points in his most productive game in weeks, mostly on a sizzling first half in which he produced a dozen points.
Kyle Collinsworth was in triple-double range for a second consecutive night (career-high 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists) as BYU won all three home games after starting West Coast Conference play 0-2.
BYU was just as proud of its defense. LMU shot 48 percent but just 6-of-16 from 3-point range after a hot start. Evan Payne, who produced 27 points in the win against the Cougars at LMU on Dec. 28, scored just four on 2-of-7 shooting.
BYU improved to 11-7, 3-2 in WCC games. LMU fell to 10-8, 2-4 and has lost four in a row.
Teams that haven't shot the 3-pointer well lately must love seeing BYU on the schedule.
Loyola Marymount hit 5-of-10 in the first half on the way to a 38-37 lead at the Marriott Center.
The saving grace for BYU's points production has been an invigoration of Matt Carlino. The much-maligned junior, who is still coming off the bench, produced 12 points. He hit his first four shots (including a couple of 3-pointers) and a couple of free throws to pull the Cougars out of the wreckage of a deficit that spread as big as 10 points with nine minutes remaining in the half.
The recently hot-shooting duo of Skyler Halford and Tyler Haws is a combined 2-of-12.
Both teams have attempted 30 shots, with LMU making four more: 16.
BYU is 2-of-5 from 3-point range.
Freshman center Eric Mika (bruised hip) did not see floor time in the opening 20 minutes.
BYU has otherwise stayed in the game at the free-throw line. The Cougars are 11-of-13, while LMU is 1-of-2.
BYU freshman center Eric Mika is at least dressed in his jersey tonight.
That's an upgrade for the Cougars compared to Thursday, when he was in dress clothes.
The freshman center, who had started every game until the previous one, warmed up with his teammates an hour before tipoff against Loyola Marymount. He took shots and even told BYU assistant coach Mark Pope that he was OK to make a hard running move across the lane.
Mika suffered a bruised hip last Saturday in a home win against San Diego. The injury forced him out early in the second half, after he failed to find enough explosiveness to even dunk a ball on a breakaway attempt.
BYU (10-7, 2-2 West Coast Conference) vs. Loyola Marymount (10-7. 2-3)
7 p.m., Marriott Center
Radio: KSL 1160 AM (102.7 FM)
Tip-ins: BYU freshman center Eric Mika (bruised hip) is questionable after missing Thursday's game against Pepperdine. ...LMU won the last meeting, 87-76, Dec. 28 in Los Angeles. ...The Lions are led by 5-10 point guard Anthony Ireland (19.1 ppg).