I knew Kyle would come back. He's a tough player. —BYU forward Nate Austin
MORAGA, Calif. — With 6:32 left in the first half Saturday at St. Mary’s, BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth fell awkwardly on his right leg.
All sorts of worrisome thoughts entered the mind of coach Dave Rose.
Collinsworth landed hard on the floor while colliding with Gael guard Stephen Holt and attempting to gather in a long rebound. He remained on the floor for several minutes, writhing in pain, before he got up, limped off the court, and was taken to the locker room.
“That looked really bad,” Rose said.
“He landed really awkwardly, and I was really worried,” said guard Tyler Haws.
Surprisingly, and fortunately for the Cougars, Collinsworth returned moments later, with 2:46 remaining in the half. He ended up scoring 14 points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists in BYU’s 60-57 victory over St. Mary’s. Collinsworth fouled out late in the contest.
“It was a gutsy performance in the second half by him,” Rose said. “By the looks of it, I thought — and (the injury) happened right there in front of us — that it would be the end for him in this game, and you just hope it wasn’t more serious.”
Rose said Collinsworth will be checked by doctors when the team returns to Provo.
“I’m glad he’s back,” Haws said. “We’ve got to get him healthy.”
“I knew Kyle would come back. He’s a tough player,” said forward Nate Austin. “It’s a big game and I knew he would play through it. He’s a winner.”
Forward Luke Worthington injured his shoulder during the second half, but he did return, with his shoulder taped, later in the game.
RETIRING DELLY’S NUMBER: Former St. Mary’s star Matthew Dellavedova, who now plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, was honored Saturday before tipoff. The school retired his No. 4 jersey.
Several hundred fans received a special Dellavedova T-shirt before the game and players wore the shirts during warm-ups.
BYU players and coaches remained in the locker room during the presentation.
“I don’t think (St. Mary’s) wanted us out there (during the ceremony),” Haws said. “We for sure respect Dellavedova and what he did.”
Dellavedova addressed the crowd, saying he was “humbled” to receive the honor, and he thanked the many people that helped him during his time at St. Mary’s.
He graduated last spring with a degree in psychology.
Perhaps his signature moment in his St. Mary’s career came at BYU’s expense, when he buried a 40-footer at the buzzer to defeat the Cougars at the Marriott Center a little more than one year ago.
THERE’S WALDOW: Forward Brad Waldow scored the Gaels' first six points of the game and had 11 at halftime.
He finished with 17 points to go along with 13 rebounds.
NOTES: The 60 points in Saturday's win are BYU's fewest in a victory this season. The previous lowest output in a victory was 68 against San Francisco. Worthington and Anson Winder started the second half in place of Eric Mika and Skyler Halford. BYU is now 1-3 all time at McKeon Pavilion.