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Haws' teammates marvel at his BYU scoring record

PORTLAND, Ore. — As expected, Tyler Haws etched his name at the top of BYU’s career scoring list Thursday night in the Cougars’ 82-69 win over Portland at the Chiles Center.

Haws surpassed Jimmer Fredette in the first half on a layup with 14:39 remaining in the first half. He finished with a game-high 21 points.

Over the last couple of weeks, Haws’ teammates talked about his impending achievement.

Guard Kyle Collinsworth, who played with Fredette in 2010-11, the year he became the school’s all-time leading scorer, said he didn’t foresee anyone supplanting Fredette so soon.

“I knew it could happen, but I didn’t know I would come back (from a mission) and it would be Tyler Haws,” Collinsworth said. “Obviously, he’s a great player. If you were to ask me, ‘Could he do it?’ I would tell you, ‘Yes, he could.’ He’s going to do it. He’s a great scorer, he’s a great player, and even better, he’s a great guy. He deserves to get it.”

Collinsworth said Haws and Fredette have contrasting styles.

“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. 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.”

Forward Josh Sharp, who played with Haws at Lone Peak High School, couldn’t have predicted it, either.

“We were thinking smaller than that at the time. It was pretty clear he is a special player,” Sharp said. “He had a great work ethic and that helped me as well. I always knew he would be special. Did I know he’s probably going to be the all-time leading scorer? No, I didn’t know that.”

Sharp is impressed with the way Haws has gradually moved up the scoring charts over the years.

“He continues to amaze me. There’s nothing that kid can’t do,” he said. “He takes so much attention away from everybody else and everybody else is able to get scoring opportunities, too. I’m just glad I’m on his team and don’t have to guard him.”

ALL-TIME SERIES: With the win, BYU now leads the all-time series with Portland, 12-1. The Cougars’ lone loss came last year at the Chiles Center, where the Pilots outlasted BYU in triple overtime, 114-110.

TIP-INS: Haws played in his 134th career game, tying him with Noah Hartsock for fourth all-time at BYU in games played. … Haws scored in double figures for the 117th time in his career, tied for the most double figure games in BYU history with Danny Ainge.