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BYU pulls out 95-81 win over Belmont

Nov 28, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 8:58 pm | Updated: November 28, 2015 9:04 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer started the second half for the Cougars by taking the ball to the rim. He was fouled on the shot, and made one of two free-throws to put the Cougars down 42-41 with 19:40 to play. Corbin Kaufusi added a layup off a rebound to put the Cougars ahead 43-42 with 19 minutes to play. Belmont's Tyler Hadden converted both of his free-throws on the next possession to give the Bruins the lead again, 44-43.

Nick Emery found Kyle Collinsworth on an alley-oop with 18:35 to go to electrify the Cougars and give them a 45-44 lead. Kyle Davis added a layup to extend the Cougars lead to three before a Belmont timeout. Belmont added five points in a minute to go up 49-47, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Emery gave the Cougars a 53-51 lead with 16:15 remaining. 

The teams traded baskets for the next two minutes until the Cougars pulled away with a six-point lead off of a Fischer 3-pointer. The 59-53 lead for the Cougars was extended on a 3-point play from Collinsworth, giving BYU a 62-53 lead.

BYU was 9 of 9 from the floor for four minutes of this half, including three Fischer 3-pointers. Its streak would end when Collinsworth missed a layup. He got his own rebound and put away the second layup, giving the Cougars a 70-56 lead with 11:24 to play. 

A 3-pointer from Fischer with 9:47 to play gave the Cougars a 73-58 lead. Craig Bradshaw responded for the Bruins with a 3 of his own to make it 73-61 with 9:15 to play. Jamal Aytes responded with a layup to keep the their double-digit lead, 75-65.

Collinsworth hit a six free-throws in three minutes to take the Cougars' lead to 13 points. Emery's pair of free-throws gave them a 83-68 lead with 5:39 to play. A 3-pointer from Fischer extended their lead to 18 with five minutes to play.

Dylan Windler made a 3-pointer with 2:58 to play, narrowing the Cougars' lead to 15. Mercer would bring the score within 11 with a 3-pointer, but a pair of free-throws from Emery would keep their lead at 13. Emery took a pass from Collinsworth with a minute to play to put BYU up 93-78. They would hit a pair of free-throws to end the game 95-81.

The game saw 10 lead changes between the two teams, and four Cougars hit double digits in scoring. Collinsworth had a double-double with 26 points, nine rebounds and 10 assists, and also was 8 for 10 in the free-throw category. Davis had his third double-double on the season with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Emery had 27 points and Fischer added 19 points, all of them coming from 3-pointers or free-throws. Belmont's leading scorer was Craig Bradshaw, who scored 26 points in the game and shot 9 of 12 from the floor.

BYU trails Belmont 42-40 at half

Nov 28, 2015 - Posted by Michelle Wood at 7:47 pm | Updated: November 28, 2015 7:57 pm | Permalink

After Kyle Collinsworth took the ball to the rim after winning the tip to start the game, the Cougars went 0 of 7 during a scoring drought of three minutes until Kyle Davis scored on a putback with 16:20 to play, making it 5-4 for Belmont. 

Craig Bradshaw stepped up early for the Bruins, scoring two 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the half to add to their 8-4 lead. After a timeout, Davis added a layup to narrow Belmont's lead 8-6. Belmont's Burton Sampson responded with a layup of his own. A dunk from Davis and a layup by Nick Emery tied the score at 10 with 13 minutes to play. Emery went coast-to-coast 15 seconds later, giving the Cougars their first lead of the night, 12-10. 

After the Bruins timeout, Bradshaw responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to give Belmont the lead 16-12 with 11:20 to play. Taylor Barnette's 3-pointer and Bradshaw's layup put the Bruins up 21-12 with 10 minutes to play.

Belmont went 6 of 6 on their shots for two minutes while completing a 15-2 run. Emery ended the Bruins's run with a 3-pointer with nine minutes to play, and Collinsworth's three-point play 15 seconds later started a 6-0 run for BYU in just over a minute. Tyler Hadden's 3-pointer ended the Cougars' run with 7:35 to play, giving Belmont a 28-20 lead.

Emery's two 3-pointers put the Cougars within four with 5:20 to play, and Collinsworth added a layup to bring the game within two with 4:48 to play. Strong defense for the Cougars gave Collinsworth another layup and tied the game at 30-30 with 3:53 to play. After a Bradshaw layup, Jake Toolson pulled up for the 3-pointer that gave the Cougars the lead with 3:21 left in the first half at 33-32. However, Bradshaw would hit a 3-pointer 30 seconds later to give Belmont the lead again 35-33 with 2:50 to play.

The teams traded layups for a minute before Toolson made a 3 to make it 39-38 for Belmont. Mack Mercer responded with his own 3-pointer for the Bruins with 40 seconds to play. The Cougars would get the last possession of the half, but Jake Toolson couldn't convert the half-court shot.

Emery ended the half with 13 points and a pair of rebounds. Collinsworth had 13 points, four assists and two rebounds, and Davis added six rebounds to the Cougar effort in the first half. Belmont's Craig Bradshaw had 19 points and four rebounds, and was 7 of 9 from the floor.

Cougars hold off Delta Devils 75-68

Nov 25, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:57 pm | Permalink

Mississippi Valley came out strong in the second half, getting within five of BYU, 46-41. The Cougars got four quick points from the bigs after Corbin Kaufusi got the bucket and the foul and then Kyle Davis tipped in the missed free throw. Those four points put BYU up 50-41 with 17:44 to go in the game.

Neither team was able to go on a big run in the second half. Kyle Collinsworth scored back-to-back buckets to make it 56-49 with 12:56 to play.

On the inbound pass, Emery got a quick bucket with 8:05 remaining to make it 67-56. Aside from free throws, the Cougars did not make a basket for over seven minutes, allowing the Delta Devils to get within striking distance. With 43 seconds left, Emery found Davis wide open for the dunk to make it 73-66, holding off MVSU. The final score was 75-68.

Emery led BYU in scoring and assists by scoring 18 and dishing out seven assists. Collinsworth scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win. Nate Austin and Davis added seven rebounds to the team's total of 41. Davis and Kaufusi scored in double figures with 13 and 12, respectively.

BYU leads Mississippi Valley 44-32 at the half

Nov 25, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:49 pm | Permalink

Chase Fischer drilled a 3-pointer to get the offense rolling for BYU. The Cougars then went on a 7-0 run to go up 10-2 over the Mississippi Valley Delta Devils early in the first half. A three from Nick Emery at the 18:01 mark capped off the run.

A 12-0 run over a little over two minutes extended BYU’s lead to 22-5. The run was made up of five points from Corbin Kaufusi, four points from Kyle Davis and another 3-pointer from Emery. The Delta Devils answered back with seven unanswered points before Fischer nailed another trey to stop the run and push the lead to 26-12 with 10:37 left in the half.

After trading points for a few possessions, Mississippi Valley went on another run, this time an 8-0 run. With 5:29 to go until halftime, Zac Seljaas hit a 3-pointer to stop the run, making the BYU lead 33-21.

The Cougars ended the half with a 9-0 run before the Delta Devils hit a 3-pointer right before the buzzer. BYU led 44-32 going into the break.

Emery led all scorers at the half with 13 points, including three treys. He also dished out a game-high five assists. Kyle Collinsworth led the team in rebounds with five to go with his four points.

BYU wins season-opener against UVU

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 8:57 pm | Permalink

The Cougars got going right away in the second half with Kyle Davis scoring in the paint. After going scoreless for two minutes, a 3-pointer from Jake Toolson ended the drought, extending the lead to 53-31 with 15:58 left in the game.

BYU went on an 8-0 run sparked by back-to-back blocks from Davis. With 11:02 remaining, a steal from Kyle Collinsworth set up Chase Fischer for the trey to make it 67-35.

Three different freshmen, Nick Emery, Jordan Chatman and Jakob Hartsock, scored in a one-minute period to push the lead to 80-48. BYU went on to win 85-54.

In his first game as a Cougar, Davis had a double-double with 17 points and 20 rebounds. Fischer led all players with 20 points, including three treys. Collinsworth filled out the stat sheet with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

BYU had 69 rebounds, the most in a game in Dave Rose’s time as a head coach. 

BYU leads UVU 46-24 at halftime

Nov 13, 2015 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 7:51 pm | Permalink

Senior guard Kyle Collinsworth got the scoring started for BYU with a layup off of his own miss. The Cougars then went on a 20-0 run that included three treys, two of which were made by Chase Fischer, to take the early 22-2 lead over the Wolverines with 10 minutes remaining in the half.

Utah Valley fought back, going on an 11-2 run to close the gap to 32-19. Back-to-back buckets from Fischer and Kyle Davis ended the run, pushing the lead back up to 36-19 with 4:16 to play.

The Cougars closed out the half with a 5-2 run. Nick Emery nailed a 3-pointer off the bounce with less than a minute until halftime to make it 46-24 heading into the break.

Fischer led all players in points with 15, while Davis earned a double-double in the first half with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Davis had 10 rebounds in the first 10 minutes. BYU outrebounded Utah Valley 31-18 in the first 20 minutes of play.

Collinsworth named to 2015 All-American #NoLoveTeam

Apr 08, 2015 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:33 pm | Permalink

ESPN's Sean Farnham gave love to five guys that he believes don't get enough love by naming a 2015 #NoLoveTeam. Headlining the list is BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth. See what Farnham had to say below:

Returning from a torn ACL suffered in March 2014 in the WCC championship game, Collinsworth came back to tie an NCAA career record in just one season with six -- yes, six -- triple-doubles (tied with Drexel's Michael Anderson and a guy named Shaquille O'Neal). He shot 47 percent from the field while averaging 13.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG and 6.0 APG. This aggressive 6-foot-6 guard did an outstanding job pushing it in the open floor and attacking to score, getting fouled (average of 5.5 free throw attempts per game), or assisting any one of the open shooters that BYU had this past season. This season he gets the #NoLoveTeam All-America nod; next season, he should be on the preseason lists of the top players in the country.

Also included on the list are Duke's Grayson Allen, Boise State's Derrick Marks, Vanderbilt's Damian Jones and Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski. Visit for the complete story.

Media recap of BYU's upset of No. 3 Gonzaga

Mar 02, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 1:11 pm | Updated: March 3, 2015 9:42 am | Permalink

Here's plenty of video and audio from the weekend's big upset of No. 3/2 Gonzaga in Spokane, Washington. Kyle Collinsworth scored 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 3 assists on Saturday and was named WCC Player of the Week for his efforts in the victory.



ESPNU College Basketball Podcast w/ BYU head coach Dave Rose


3-point Shot: Team of the Week


BYU Upsets No. 3 Gonzaga


Coach Rose on SportsCenter


Does win get BYU win into the NCAA tournament?


Campus Insiders/

BYU snaps Gonzaga's 41-game win streak at the Kennel


Collinsworth named WCC Player of the Week