Tyler Haws is playing his way into game shape after serving a 2-year Mormon mission in the Philippines.
He's been scoring big as he starts his sophomore season and he also faced the best defensive job any team has done on him early in this season.
The 6-foot-5 Haws entered Saturday night's game against No. 20 Notre Dame averaging 22.3 points this season. He had 21 in the Cougars' 78-68 loss to the Fighting Irish in the third-place game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.
He scored 15 points in the second half as the Irish did a good job defending him.
Pat Connaughton covered him in the man-to-man defense and the Irish went zone for several possessions in the second half. Haws finished 8 for 20 from the field and he missed two 3-point attempts.
''They're a tough defensive team and they have tough guys who made it tough on us,'' Haws said. ''We didn't make much of some opportunities but we have to learn from this and g...