PROVO — BYU guard Elijah Bryant nearly pulled a Kyle Collinsworth Wednesday night in the Cougars’ 80-68 win over Illinois State.
Collinsworth became the all-time NCAA leader in triple-doubles with 12 during his BYU career.
Bryant finished one rebound and one assist shy of a triple-double against the Redbirds — he scored 17 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and dished out 9 assists. Oh, and he also added three steals and a block.
But he had no idea about his stat line during the game.
“I was just playing the game and trying to do what I could do to help the team,” Bryant said.
Coach Dave Rose appreciated not only Bryant’s impressive numbers (he shot 6 of 11 from the field and 3 of 7 from 3-point range) but also the way he performed amid tough circumstances.
“His assignments tonight were difficult. He was guarding guys that were a little bit smaller and quicker than him or bigger and stronger,” Rose said. “For him to be able to continue to rebound the way he does and he got on a nice roll shooting the ball in the first half. What I really like about him is that he’s a guy that when there’s an opening, he can find it, drive it. He’s really good at finishing with contact at the rim.”
INJURY UPDATE: Two of BYU’s post players, Braiden Shaw and Ryan Andrus, continue to be hampered by injuries.
“Probably not this week,” Rose said when asked about the chances of them playing. “It’s getting to be long enough where it’s going to be hard to get back simply because they can’t do a lot.”
Is there a chance they could redshirt?
“I don’t think so,” Rose said.” We’ll see how long it is. You need everybody to make it through the season and hopefully we can get two guys back.”
HOME DEBUT: Guard McKay Cannon, a Weber State transfer, made his home debut Wednesday after becoming eligible last week before games at Utah Valley and Utah State.
Cannon scored four points and had three rebounds, two assists and two steals against Illinois State.
On Saturday, Cannon faces his former team, Weber State, at Vivint Smart Home Arena.