No one’s going to rebound better than me for my position. I try to do that day-in, day-out for my team. —Kyle Collinsworth
PROVO — A little more than one week after breaking BYU’s career assist record, Kyle Collinsworth shattered the school’s rebounding mark in last Saturday’s 88-77 win over Pepperdine.
Collinsworth now has 923 career rebounds, eclipsing Michael Smith’s total of 922, which had stood since 1989.
“That’s quite an accomplishment,” coach Dave Rose said of Collinsworth's rebounding record. “A lot of guys have played here, a lot of good players. If you’re the leading assist guy and leading rebounder at a school that has as much basketball tradition, it’s a guy that’s played his heart out night after night.”
“It’s surreal,” Collinsworth said. “I remember my freshman year I got put in at the four (position) the last 10 or so games and I started rebounding like crazy. Every game was double-digit rebounds. I started rebounding from there. I rebounded great in high school, too. I’ve just always done that and it’s remarkable to see it add up It’s a great accomplishment and it’s just how I play. No one’s going to rebound better than me for my position. I try to do that day-in, day-out for my team.”
With 10 assists against the Waves, Collinsworth passed the 600-assist plateau for his career and also notched his 15th career 10-assist game, which is the most in Cougar history.
Collinsworth scored 24 points against Pepperdine, giving him 1,487 career points, good for No. 17 overall at BYU.
Oh, and he’s also the NCAA career leader in triple-doubles with 10.
After beating Pepperdine for the first time in two years, BYU (16-7, 7-3), which is in third place in the West Coast Conference standings, turns its attention to the league frontrunner, Saint Mary’s.
The Cougars host the Gaels Thursday (7 p.m., MST, BYUtv).
Saint Mary’s is 9-1 in WCC play and 18-2 overall after escaping with a 68-65 victory at Pacific last Saturday. On Dec. 31, BYU fell on the road to the Gaels 85-74.
“They really execute offensively really well. They’re a really disciplined team that can kind of grind you down,” Rose said of Saint Mary's. “That pick-and-roll they run is as good as anybody. They have good shooters from the perimeter. We had a lot of opportunities in that game offensively (at Saint Mary’s). We have to be a lot better offensively. Defensively, that will be a tough preparation week for us to figure out how we’re going to guard their pick-and-roll. They’re really good at it.”
BYU played Saturday without freshman guard Zac Seljaas, who suffered a right shoulder contusion last Thursday against Loyola Marymount.
“It’s day-to-day,” Rose said of Seljaas’ status. “First you have to figure out his range of motion. It’s very limited right now. Hopefully, it's just a matter of it being swollen and restricted and once the swelling goes down, he’ll be able to (get) more range of motion each day. We’ll have to watch it and monitor it. We look forward to early in the week to see what he can do. We really need Zac.”
Rose was pleased with the contributions of other reserves, like Jakob Hartsock, who scored a career-high nine points with three consecutive 3-pointers in the first half against Pepperdine.
Hartsock entered Saturday’s game having scored eight points all season.
“Coach has confidence in all of his players,” Hartsock said. “He always tells us to play with confidence, play as a team. I’m grateful for the chance I got to play and the confidence coach has in us.”
Forward Corbin Kaufusi scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds in 19 minutes of play against the Waves.
“We got great minutes out of some other guys, which is a really good sign for us to grow our team. But it would be nice to get (Seljaas) back as soon as we can,” Rose said. “Corb came off the bench and gave us a great lift. Jakob Hartsock came in and gave us some really good minutes. Zac has been a big part of our rotation for a month and a half. I was proud of our guys to be able to overcome missing him and still beat a really good team.”