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Ari Davis | Posted: 16 Mar 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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Collinsworth leads BYU past UAB in first round of NIT


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PROVO, Utah – Kyle Collinsworth’s 12th career triple-double led No. 2-seed BYU in a 97-79 win over No. 7-seed UAB in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament Wednesday night at the Marriott Center.

“Tonight, our team competed well," head coach Dave Rose said. "We played together and shared the ball and we were efficient offensively. We had 25 assists and 38 baskets. I'm happy for them. It was a good win. I'm glad we played well, and we're looking forward to playing on Friday.”

Collinsworth extended his NCAA record to 12 career triple-doubles, tallying 19 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Chase Fischer led all BYU scorers with 27 points on 10 of 20 shooting, while hitting seven shots from deep. Nick Emery poured in 22 points, shooting 9 of 18 from the field while adding five assists. Kyle Davis recorded 11 points and registered five rebounds on the night.

BYU jumped out to a fast start, putting together an 11-2 run after back-to-back threes from Fischer with three minutes gone in the half.

The Cougars and Blazers then traded baskets to set things at 13-7 with 15 to play in the half.

A 12-5 Cougar run that included a couple of Emery 3-pointers and two monster dunks from Collinsworth extended the BYU lead to 25-12 at the 12-minute mark.

UAB responded with a quick 7-2 run to chip away at the BYU lead, bringing the score to 33-23 with eight minutes remaining in the half.

Baskets from Emery and Fischer and two from Corbin Kaufusi pushed the Cougar lead out to 41-26 at the three minute mark. An Emery 3-pointer closed out the first half, with BYU up 51-30.

Emery finished the half with 17 points on 7 of 10 shooting, including 3 of 5 from deep. Fischer also added 11 points, hitting 4 of 9 from the field. Collinsworth tallied six points, six rebounds and nine assists during the first half. His nine dimes set a career-mark for helpers in a first half. 

Both teams traded scores to start the second half, with a Davis jumper setting things at 57-38 for the Cougars with two minutes gone.

UAB put together a 23-8 run that spanned six minutes to make it a four-point game before a Collinsworth three-point play put BYU up 68-61 at the 12 minute mark.

The Cougars then responded with a 26-8 run of their own, jumping out to a 94-72 lead with four minutes left in regulation. That run included two Emery baskets, a Zac Seljaas three and 14 points from Fischer, including four buckets from deep.

BYU and UAB then traded baskets to finish the game, setting the final score at 97-79 for the Cougars.

BYU advances and will return to the Marriott Center to face No. 3-seed Virginia Tech in the second round of the NIT this Friday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. MDT. The game will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Cougar fans can also listen to the game on the Cougar IMG Sports Network KSL 1160 AM or 102.7 FM and on BYU Radio and Sirius XM 143. 

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Kyle Chilton | Posted: 14 Mar 2016 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
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BYU to host UAB in NIT first round


BYU vs. UAB Game Notes

No. 2 seed BYU basketball will face No. 7 seed UAB in the first round of the 2016 National Invitational Tournament Wednesday at 8 p.m. MDT in the Marriott Center. The winner of BYU vs. UAB will face the winner of No. 3 seed Virginia Tech and No. 6 seed Princeton in the second round.

Wednesday's game will be televised live on ESPNU and broadcast live on the Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL NewsRadio 102.7 FM/1160 AM and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. Live video streaming will be available on

BYU Storylines

  • BYU is headed to the National Invitational Tournament for the 11th time in program history and third time under Dave Rose. The Cougars last went to the NIT in 2013, when they defeated Washington, Mercer and Southern Miss to advance to Madison Square Garden. BYU, a No. 3 seed in 2013, lost to Baylor in the semifinals.
  • BYU enters the NIT as a No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 seed UAB Wednesday at 8 p.m. MDT. The Cougars and Blazers last played on Dec. 9, 1989 with BYU winning 98-82. The winner of BYU vs. UAB will play the winner of No. 3 seed Virginia Tech and No. 6 seed Princeton.
  • Kyle Collinsworth is one of only two players in the country, along with LSU’s Ben Simmons, ranked in the top 100 in rebounds, assists and steals. Last season he was the only player ranked in the top 100 in all three categories.

No. 2 seed BYU Cougars (23-10, 13-5 WCC)

  • Head Coach: Dave Rose
  • Alma Mater: Houston, 1983
  • Division I Career Record: 280-98 (11th)
  • Record at BYU: Same

No. 7 seed UAB Blazers (26-6, 16-2 Conference USA)

  • Head Coach: Jerod Haase
  • Alma Mater: Kansas, 1997
  • Career Record: 80-52 (4th)
  • Record at UAB: Same

Game Information

  • TV Talent: Mitch Holthus (play-by-play), Corey Williams (analyst)
  • Live Video:
  • Radio: Cougar IMG Sports Network, KSL 102.7 FM / 1160 AM, Sirius XM 143
  • Radio Talent: Greg Wrubell (play-by-play), Mark Durrant (analyst)
  • Live Stats:

Series Information

  • Series Record: BYU leads 2-1
  • Last Meeting: BYU won 98-82, 12/9/89
  • H/A/N: 1-0/1-1/0-0
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