My dad (former Cougar Marty Haws) has told me a bunch of stories about him. I have a ton of respect for that guy – BYU guard Tyler Haws on Devin Durrant

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Earlier this week, in anticipation of BYU guard Tyler Haws surpassing him on the school’s all-time scoring list, former Cougar star Devin Durrant reached out to Haws.

“He knew I was getting close to his record,” Haws said after the Cougars’ 81-46 win over Santa Clara, “so he called me up.”

Entering Thursday's game, Haws needed 11 points to supplant Durrant as No. 4 in all-time scoring at BYU. With a little more than four minutes left in the first half, Haws reached that milestone with a patented, mid-range, turnaround, fadeway jumper near the baseline — a shot that would have made Durrant proud.

Haws finished with 14 points (all in the first half, and he ended up playing just 24 minutes) and now is No. 4 with 2,289 career points. Durrant, who scored 2,285 points at BYU, was bumped to No. 5 on the list.

“I got a chance to sit down and talk with him. He’s an awesome guy,” Haws recalled of his conversation. “My dad (former Cougar Marty Haws) has told me a bunch of stories about him. I have a ton of respect for that guy. I was kind of nervous when he reached out, I didn’t know what he was going to say, but it was all positive. He just encouraged me a lot and gave me lots of good advice on and off the floor.”

Durrant, who now serves as second counselor in the LDS Church’s Sunday School General Presidency, played for BYU from 1979-80 and 1982-84. After serving a mission, Durrant returned to the Cougars, became an All-America selection, was a second-round draft pick, and played briefly in the NBA.

“I’ve seen some highlights of him and you hear all the stories of how tough he was and how amazing of a scorer he was,” Haws said. “It’s an honor to have my name up there with (Durrant).”

BYU’s Dave Rose is grateful to coach Haws.

”It’s amazing to watch Ty," Rose said. "That’s one thing I make sure and remind our coaches of every day. We’ve got a pretty good one right here. He’s only got a handful of games left, so hopefully we can enjoy him while he’s here.”

Haws now needs 31 points to surpass Michael Smith (2,319), who is No. 3 on BYU’s all-time scoring list.

Danny Ainge is No. 2 (2,467) and Jimmer Fredette is the Cougars’ all-time leading scorer (2,599). If he stays healthy and maintains his scoring pace, Haws, who averages 22 points per game, is on track to surpass Fredette by the end of the regular season.

NEW YEAR’S MATINEE: The Cougars played a rare weekday afternoon game Thursday, which was New Year’s Day.

Guard Chase Fischer enjoyed the experience.

“It’s a real different vibe. But it’s kind of nice,” said Fischer, a West Virginia native who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. “I’m a big matinee movie guy. I like the matinee games to have the evening to relax. I’ve never been to San Francisco or this area. It’s cool for me to see a different part of the country.”

RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR: BYU arrived Wednesday for this Bay Area road swing. That meant spending New Year’s Eve away in a hotel, and not much of a celebration.

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“We had to be in our rooms by 11,” Haws said. “That was it. We were all tired, though. We went to bed.”

“We went to a Mexican restaurant,” Fischer said. “We kind of relaxed and played some cards and stuff. Nothing too special. It’s the life of college basketball.”

BANGED UP: BYU has dealt with Haws’ ankle injury last month and Nate Austin’s hamstring injury. The Cougars are hoping Anson Winder isn’t the next one to be sidelined.

“He’s got a little bit of a tight hamstring, behind his knee, trying to figure out exactly what’s causing the discomfort,” Rose said. “We’ve got to get on it and make sure we treat it.”

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