TJ Haws hit a running jumper that bounced once on the rim and fell in as time expired propelling the BYU men’s basketball team to knock off Houston 72-71 at the Fertitta Center.
Alex Barcello led BYU (3-1) with 16 points. Kolby Lee scored a career-high 14 and Jake Toolson also added 14.
Caleb Mills led Houston (1-1) with 17 points off the bench.
“First of all, just the fight of our guys is really fun,” BYU coach Mark Pope said in his postgame radio interview. “We’ve got guys out there on dead legs. I’m not doing a great job of extending the rotation which I’ve got to figure out, but they just fought every second out there. So TJ comes down off that drag screen. He pulls up and that ball hit the very front of the rim and hung in the air for a long time. It was just an epic moment and really special for our guys.”
BYU led by as many as 14 points in the first half and held a 35-28 advantage at the break. The blue Cougars held the lead until Mills made a pair of free throws with 1:25 to play for a 71-70 lead.
Houston stole the ball away from Toolson as BYU played for a final shot but Nate Hinton traveled, giving the ball back to BYU with five seconds to play.
Haws — who was just 3 of 12 from the field — took the inbounds pass and raced down the right side of the floor with Kansas transfer Quinton Grimes at his hip. Haws pulled up and launched his shot over Grimes to earn BYU its first road win of the season.
Former BYU coach Dave Rose, who starred at Houston during his college days, was at the game along with his wife, Cheryl.
“It was super special to have Coach Rose here — with his banners that are hung up on the wall — sitting in the front row,” Pope said. “It’s hard to write it better than that and that’s why these guys work so hard and sacrifice so much so that they can have a moment like this that they will never forget.”
Houston had won 35 of their past 36 games at home.
BYU will travel to Boise State next Wednesday.