STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — TJ Haws scored 24 points and Jahshire Hardnett added 17, including four free throws in the final 47 seconds, as BYU slipped past Pacific 90-87 Thursday night in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Haws made 6 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range, and hit 8-of-11 free throws. Yoeli Childs had 13 points and 12 rebounds — his ninth double-double this season — before fouling out with three minutes left for BYU (9-7).
The Cougars hit nine 3s in the first 16 minutes before Dalton Nixon's dunk gave them 21-point lead with 3:36 left in the first half. Pacific closed on a 12-3 run to pull within 12 at the break and used a 13-3 spurt to make it 67-all with 7:40 to play. The Tigers took their first lead when Zach Cameron hit 1 of 2 free throws with 3:12 left to make it 79-78 but Haws slipped around a screen and hit a pull-up 3 from NBA range 20 seconds later and BYU never again trailed.
Roberto Gallinat led Pacific (10-6) with 22 points, going 11 of 13 from the free-throw line.
BYU, which snapped a three-game skid, shot 52 percent (28 of 54) from the field, including 11 of 25 from 3-point range.