BYU's Kyle Collinsworth ties NCAA record for triple-doubles

BYU's Kyle Collinsworth ties NCAA record for triple-doubles

The way Kyle Collinsworth is filling up the box score lately, it's almost more surprising if he doesn't record a triple-double than if he does.

The do-it-all BYU star tied an NCAA record Thursday night when he posted his fourth triple-double of the season in his team's 93-80 victory at Pacific. Collinsworth finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, securing the triple-double with an otherwise innocuous defensive rebound with just over three minutes remaining.

The only other college basketball players to tally four triple-doubles in the same season are Michael Anderson (Drexel, 1986), Brian Shaw (UC Santa Barbara, 1988), Jason Kidd (Cal, 1994) and Stephane Lasme (UMass, 2007). Only six other players have triple-doubles this college basketball season, and none besides Collinsworth have more than one.

"You don't know, then all of a sudden people are freaking out saying 'One more, one more, keep going, keep going, keep going'" Collinsworth told reporters in Stockton on Thursday night. "I never know. I just try to play my game and when I'm on the floor just play hard. Credit to my teammates they hit shots and spread the floor and it's easy to find them."

That Collinsworth is enjoying this level of success is remarkable considering the knee injury he suffered less than a year ago. Collinsworth tore an ACL in the WCC title game against Gonzaga last March, a severe enough injury that BYU coach Dave Rose was unsure entering the season whether his standout guard would return to his previous form this season.

In many ways, Collinsworth has been better, aside from a dip in his outside shooting percentage.

Collinsworth, an athletic 6-foot-6 junior, plays point guard for BYU yet comfortably defends four positions. He averages 12.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.3 steals, impacting games by doing everything from attacking off the dribble, to getting to the foul line, to setting up his teammates, to gobbling up offensive boards, to scoring in transition.

It also doesn't hurt Collinsworth's stat line that BYU (15-5, 5-2) plays at the 11th fastest tempo of any team in the nation. More possessions per game means more chances to generate points, rebounds and assists needed for a triple-double.

Of course, one of the things that makes Collinsworth a great player is that he's far less interested in his own indiviual stats than in helping BYU win. The Cougars' margin for error to make the NCAA tournament is slim the rest of the way as they lost to many of the best teams they faced in non-conference play and have fallen at home against Gonzaga and Pepperdine since the WCC season began.

Whether BYU makes the NCAA tournament or not, Collinsworth's bid for the single-season triple-double record will make it a year to remember for the Cougars.

BYU has 10 games left before the WCC tournament. The way Collinsworth is racking up triple-doubles, he probably won't need that long.

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