Whether they accomplished that is debatable, considering that the Cougars led by 15 points with less than six minutes remaining and won by just three.
"It is a cool thing to be the scoring leader, but I am more concerned about our team and doing what I can to help us get better," Haws said. "We're ready for a run in the tournament; we're in a good place. ... We have a few things to work on after tonight. We need to take care of the ball better, especially down the stretch."
The tournament begins Wednesday at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas with eighth-seeded Portland taking on ninth-seeded LMU in a first-round game. Having secured the third seed for the second straight year, the Cougars (21-10) will play in Friday's late quarterfinal game (9:30 p.m. MST, ESPNU) against the winner of Thursday's contest pitting No. 6 San Diego (14-17) and No. 7 Pepperdine (12-17)
The Cougars swept the Waves, winning 76-51 in Provo and 63-61 in Malibu, but split with the Toreros, winning 74-57 in Provo but losing 74-68 less than three weeks later in San Diego.
The winner of Friday's late quarterfinal plays No. 2 seed Saint Mary's (26-5) on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. MST.
Haws and LMU's Anthony Ireland both scored 24 points in the game at Gersten Pavilion, giving Haws 329 points in league games and Ireland 322. The Cougars' sophomore star was 14-for-14 from the free-throw line.
"We had to hit some big free throws tonight to stay ahead," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "We made some mistakes tonight uncharacteristic of ourselves and we will have to look at those. The most important thing is that we won."
West Coast Conference men's basketball tournament
P At Orleans Arena, Las Vegas
Wednesday's first-round game
• No. 8 Portland vs. No. 9 LMU, 7 p.m. MST, BYUtv
Thursday's second-round games
• No. 5 San Francisco vs. Portland-LMU winner, 7 p.m., ESPNU, BYUtv
• No. 6 San Diego vs. No. 7 Pepperdine, 9:30 p.m. MST, ESPNU, BYUtv
• No. 4 Santa Clara vs. Portland-LMU-San Francisco winner, 7 p.m. MST, ESPNU
• No. 3 BYU vs. Pepperdine-San Diego winner, 9:30 p.m. MST, ESPNU
• No. 1 Gonzaga vs. Game 4 Winner, 7 p.m. MST, ESPN2
• No. 2 Saint Mary's vs. Game 5 Winner, 9:30 p.m. MST, ESPN2