More on BYU's 85-74 win over LMU in WCC quarterfinals
BYU’s two-game losing streak in the West Coast Conference tournament is over.
Kyle Collinsworth turned in a monster performance with career highs in points (23) and rebounds (16) and the Cougars held off Loyola Marymount 85-74 in front of a partisan BYU crowd of 7,688 at Orleans Arena.
It was BYU’s fifth-straight win and ninth in its last 10 outings.
Up next for BYU is San Francisco on Monday; The Dons beat San Diego 69-60 in the first quarterfinal.
The story of Saturday’s game was Collinsworth, who had his first double-double since Jan. 23, that triple-overtime loss at Portland.<
It was the first time in 577 games that BYU has failed to make a 3-pointer in a game. Last time the Cougars failed to do it was Nov. 22, 1996, against Cal State Fullerton.
It was Collinsworth’s sixth double-double, and earned the praise of teammate Tyler Haws.
"He was huge," Haws said. "Right out of the gates he was aggressive, and it seemed like he was crashing the boards right away on the offensive end. He got a few easy buckets, and was just knocking down shots. We kinda fed off his energy the entire game."
Haws passed a few more milestones, as he always seems to do, but was a tad off with his shooting. He was 9 of 22 from the field, 0 of 5 from 3-point range.
Still, he passed Michael Smith for seventh place for most points in a season at BYU, and now has 700 this year.
Haws and Jimmer Fredette are the only BYU players to have scored more than 700 points in two seasons.
It was the 48th 20-point game of Haws’ career, 19th this season.
His streak of double-figure scoring is up to 48 games.
Anson Winder got the start again, and BYU remained unbeaten with Winder as a starter (six games). Playing in the town he grew up in, Winder set a school record with six steals in a conference tournament game. That’s a career high, too.
Also, Winder went 8 for 8 from the free-throw line. He bounced back from the 1 of 4 performance against San Diego.