BYU Cougs in the news: Collinsworth narrowly misses triple-double in second NBA start; Davies signs contract extension (video)

Published: April 11, 2018

Kyle Collinsworth had a very nice all-around effort on Tuesday night as the Dallas Mavericks got drilled by the Phoenix Suns, 124-97.

In the lopsided loss, the former BYU guard registered the first double-double of his NBA career and missed a triple-double by just two assists. Collinsworth ended the night with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting from the floor and 2-for-4 from the foul line. He added a team-best 11 rebounds (three on the offensive end), eight assists and a steal in 44:28 of work.

That stat line was good enough for Collinsworth to earn the top performer slot for the Mavericks on ESPN.

He got things going early on the offensive end with four first-quarter points on a dunk and a midrange jumper to go along with a pair of assists to Jalen Jones.  He added a second quarter free throw while handing out three more assists on two baskets from Maximilian Kleber and a lob pass on a Dorian Finney-Smith dunk as the Mavericks took a 10-point lead into the half.

Collinsworth added two second-half floaters and a free-throw for his second double figure scoring game in a Mavericks’ uniform. He also delivered three fourth-quarter assists on baskets from Finney-Smith, Jonathan Motley and Jones, but it wasn’t enough hang with a Suns team who scored 80 points in the second half to come away with the win.

Here are highlights of his performance from the Zarychta Highlights YouTube channel.

 

In 32 games with Dallas, Collinsworth appeared in 32 games and averaged 3.2 points on 38.4 percent shooting from the floor and 52.5 percent shooting from the free-throw line. He added 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15 minutes a night.

He also played 20 games with the G-League’s Texas Legends where he averaged 11 points on 48.3 percent shooting. He added 8.7 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.8 steals in 35.7 minutes.

Davies signs contract extension to stay in Lithuania

After playing bouncing around Europe during his first four seasons, Brandon Davies has decided to put down some roots.

The BC Zalgiris Kaunas Twitter page announced that has extended the contract of the former BYU big through the end of the 2019-20 season.

Davies is the team’s leading scorer in Lithuanian League play, averaging 8.9 points on 56.6 percent shooting from inside the arc. He also leads Zalgiris in rebounding with 5.1 boards a night to go along with 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals in 16:07 of play.

He has also been a strong performer in EuroLeague play, averaging 8.4 points on 57 percent shooting with 3.2 rebounds in 30 games.

Davies has delivered some of his best performances of the season in recent weeks, including a 25-point game in LKL play as well as 17 and 18-point games in wins over two of the top teams to close out EuroLeague regular season action .

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