In a back-and-forth game that saw 11 tie scores and 11 lead changes, this one came down to the final two minutes. Javan Felix hit 1-of-2 free throws with 1:54 left to give the Longhorns a one-point lead at 80-79. But Haws broke open on a screen and hit a mid-range jumper. After a three-point miss from Felix, Haws again had the chance to play hero. With the shot clock running out, Haws was forced into a difficult shot fading to his right near the baseline. He canned it for a three-point lead.
Jonathan Holmes clawed Texas back to within one at 83-82 when he stuck back a missed Felix jumper with 19 seconds left, though Haws hit both free throws to make it a three-point game once again. The Longhorns called a weave play for freshman Damarcus Croaker with nine seconds left, but Croaker's shot rimmed out and was rebounded by Haws. Haws made 1-of-2 free throws to seal the game.
The loss was the first of the season for the Longhorns (4-1), who used 17 offensive rebounds to score a whopping 24 second-chance points. Both Cameron Ridley (12-10) and Jonathan Holmes (10-10) had triple-doubles, with Ridley also controlling the inside with six blocked shots. That meant that BYU was forced to take more mid-range-and-out jumpers, with the Cougars making a smoking 10-of-12 from behind the arc.
Haws had just two points in the first half before exploding in the second to finish with 25. Matt Carlino had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. Eric Mika (15), Kyle Collinsworth (13) and Frank Bartley IV (11) also scored in double-digits.
Croaker, making his first start as a Longhorn, had 14 points in 17 minutes, thanks in large part to three three-pointers and another three free throws that came when he was fouled shooting a three-pointer. That left Felix coming off the bench for the second consecutive game. Felix didn't shoot well, making just 6-of-18 shots, but led the team in scoring with 17 points. Prince Ibeh had 11 points and six rebounds (five offensive) in 12 minutes, chipping in two blocks and two steals.
The Longhorns missed five of their final six field goal attempts and shot just 6-of-24 from behind the three-point line as a team.
With the win, BYU (5-1) will play Wichita State (6-0) in the final. The Shockers were 90-72 winners over DePaul in the other semifinal. Texas will play DePaul (3-2) in the consolation game. Tip for that game is set at 6:30 p.m., and it will be broadcast on ESPNU.