BYU holds off Weber State, 74-68

TJ Haws scores 24 points as Cougars beat Wildcats in Beehive Classic

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - Weber State gave BYU all it could handle in the first ever Beehive Classic, but TJ Haws made sure the Cougars held on for the victory.

Haws scored a season-high 24 points as BYU held off a hard charge from the Wildcats, 74-68, on Saturday night in the second game of the inaugural Beehive Classic.

Thanks to Jerrick Harding's 29 points, Weber State (4-5) hung around despite missing starters Brekkott Chapman (foot) and Zach Braxton (Achilles). The Wildcats clawed their way to a 41-40 lead in the second half, but BYU (8-2) answered each time Weber State made a run. A Haws layup capped a 7-2 stretch to take a 61-53 lead.

Weber State's Dusty Baker made a reverse layup in traffic to bring the Wildcats within 68-66, but the Cougars made their free throws down the stretch to put away the game.

Haws knocked down four 3 pointers and added five assists while Yoeli Childs had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cougars shot a blistering 53 percent from the field. Elijah Bryant scored 13 points, Jahshire Hardnett added 11 points, while Zac Seljaas poured in 10 points for the Cougars.

Baker finished with 13 and seven rebounds for Weber State.

BYU next faces arch-rival Utah Saturday night at the Marriott Center at 9:00 p.m.

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