Published: February 12, 2018
Kyle Collinsworth had the best game of his young NBA career on Sunday night.
Collinsworth took advantage of extended minutes as the Mavericks rested some of their regulars on the second night of a back-to-back in a 104-97 loss to the Houston Rockets. The former BYU standout totaled six points to go along with career-highs of eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 31:04 on the floor.
On top of his solid stat line, Collinsworth made a number of noteworthy plays along with playing some exceptional defense.
He closed out the second in style as he collected an offensive rebound and dunked it home in one motion to cut the Rockets lead to two at the half.
He followed that up in the third with a fantastic defensive play as he locked down James Harden off the dribble before swatting his shot attempt out-of-bounds.
He added a third notable play late in the game as he grabbed and offensive rebound and then fired a behind the back bounce pass to Yogi Ferrell who hit a corner 3-ball.
Through 14 games, he is averaging 2.7 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor with 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 12.6 minutes.
Jamal Aytes also made an impression on the hardwood over the weekend as he help the Southern Utah Thunderbirds to a 63-54 win over Northern Arizona on Saturday. In the win, Aytes put up his 10th double figure scoring game in a row as he totaled 12 points to go along with a nine rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.
The former BYU big man also connected on his first 3-pointer of the season when he drilled a 3-quarter court shot at the first half buzzer to give the Thunderbirds the lead.
On the season, Aytes is averaging 12.5 points on 57.1 percent shooting from the field with 5.3 rebounds in 20.3 minutes a night.
Frank Bartley IV had a big game on Saturday as well as the Ragin’ Cajuns bounced back from their first Sun Belt loss on the season with a 102-91 win over Georgia Southern. In the win, Bartley recorded his third straight 20-point game as he finished with 21 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the floor, including 3-for-6 from 3-point land and 6-for-7 from the foul line. He added five rebounds and three assists in 38 minutes of work.
On the season, Bartley is averaging 16.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 29.9 minutes a contest.