BYU Cougs in the news: Chatman shoots lights out in upset loss; Mika, Collinsworth sidelined with injuries

By: Jay Yeomans

Published: November 15, 2018

Jordan Chatman snapped out of an early season shooting slump with his best game of the season on Wednesday night as the Boston College Eagles fell to IUPUI, 76-69.

In the tough loss, the former BYU guard finished with a team-high 20 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc and 6-for-7 at the foul line. He also chipped in with a pair of rebounds and a steal in 35 minutes on the floor.

Chatman did most of his damage in the first half with 15 of his 20 points, including 13 points in a five-minute stretch where he connected on three of his four shots from beyond the arc as the Eagles opened up a 14-point lead.

It was the second big scoring night in a row for Chatman who had 18 points on Sunday in a five-point Boston College win over Saint Francis.

On the season, Chatman is averaging 15 points a night on the strength of 42.9 percent shooting from 3-point land and 85 percent from the foul line in 38 minutes.

Toolson shows off scoring ability 

Jake Toolson is off to a hot start on the offensive end for UVU despite losses in two of the Wolverines’ first three games.

The former Cougar wing has opened up with three straight games scoring in double figures including back-to-back games where he was one of the bright spots in losses to BYU and Saint Mary’s.

Toolson shot it especially well in the loss to the Gaels where he totaled 15 points on 60 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from distance while handing out a pair of assists in 32 minutes.

On the season, Toolson is averaging a team-best 17 points a night on 56.8 percent shooting from the floor and 46.7 percent from 3-point range. He also contributes 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 33.7 minutes a night.

Brown has career-night in win over William Carey

Kajon Brown has had some difficult showings early on against tough opponents, but did produce the biggest game of his college career over the weekend in a 78-57 win over William Carey.

In the 21-point victory, Brown totaled 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field while gathering two rebounds in 19 minutes.

In four games, Brown is averaging 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 14 minutes.

Cougs in the pros

Just when Eric Mika finally started to make some strides with his new team, the injury bug struck again.

Numerous European and Italian basketball websites are reporting that the former BYU big man will be sidelined for at least two weeks after hurting his ankle over the weekend in a 76-75 loss to Trento.

It is a tough break for Mika who had his best game of the season before the injury totaling 10 points on a perfect 4-for-4 shooting from the floor while grabbing two rebounds and swatting away a pair of shots.

Through six Italian League games, he is averaging 5.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 14 minutes. In six EuroCup games, he is putting up 4.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes.

Kyle Collinsworth has also struggled with injuries. He missed a game a week ago with an ankle injury and hasn’t played since for the Raptors 905 who are off to a 4-1 start.

In his lone appearance, Collinsworth totaled eight points, four rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 25 minutes.

As for Frank Bartley IV, the Saint John Riptide announced yesterday that the former BYU guard had made the team meaning he will start his pro career in Canada. The Riptide open up their NBL schedule on Sunday with a match up against the Island Storm.

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