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The final ESPN college football power rankings were released and the Utah Utes made the top 25 coming in at No. 23.

Of the Utes’ solid season, they wrote, “the story of Joe Williams had one more amazing chapter left; the senior racked up nearly 280 yards of offense to help the Utes hold off Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl. Utah certainly has its sights set on getting into bigger games down the road, but there’s no reason to be disappointed with nine victories.”

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While the Texas Legends got roughed up in a 148-122 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth had by far his best game of his professional career, setting new career bests in points, rebounds and steals.

In the loss, he totaled 16 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the floor and 4 for 6 from the foul line. He added a game-high 17 rebounds, including seven boards on the offensive end, to go along with a team-high six steals and five assists in 42 minutes.

He got going on the early on offensive end with seven first quarter points while adding seven rebounds and a pair of assists.

He got on the score board when he took the ball into the key before spinning back to the baseline for a tough little fall away jumper.

Following an offensive rebound put back, he added a strong take to the rim for a lay-up for his third basket in the quarter.

He scored his only other basket of the half with a tip-in after following up his own shot to push his totals to nine points, nine rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.

He made his presence felt on the defensive end early on in the third with a two steals off of Okaro White. Collinsworth was also active on the backboards with an offensive rebound that turned into his only basket of the quarter as well as four boards on the defensive end.

He added one more basket in the fourth when he took the ball to the rim off the dribble and finished with the two-hand jam. He added a pair of free-throws and three more rebounds while collecting back-to-back steals and another assist in the closing minutes to finish out his night’s work.

On the season, he is averaging 7.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting from the field with 8.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals in 28.4 minutes.

Up next for Collinsworth and the Legends is a rematch with the Skyforce on Saturday night.

Playing along side dominant scorers Manny Harris and the recently departed Pierre Jackson, Kyle Collinsworth is far for the first option for the D-League’s Texas Legends.

It also means Collinsworth doesn’t have the ball in his hands nearly as much when he was a triple-double machine for the BYU Cougars.

While his shot attempts and assist totals have reflected his opportunities on such a deep team, he has started to make strides on the offensive end of the floor.

His growth was evident in a Legends’ 112-104 loss to the Reno Big Horns when he finished with a career-high 14 points on 6 for 9 shooting from the floor. He added nine rebounds and five assists while tying his career-high with four steals while playing 31 minutes.

A huge part of his growth has come from an improved touch from beyond the arc where he has connected on four of his last six attempts after making one of his first 14. That has pushed his 3-point percentage on the season from 7.1 percent up to 25.

He showed off that stroke in the loss to the Bighorns as he connected on 2 for 4 from deep, including a corner three in the third quarter that cut the deficit to eight. A key to the wide open look was that he didn’t hesitate to let the shot fly.

He added his second 3-pointer of the night late in the fourth after a little fake created extra space before he squared up and hit nothing but net from the right wing.

His solid night pushed his averages to 6.6 points on 44.5 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 7.5 rebounds (3.2 on the offensive end), 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals in 27.6 minutes a game.

Those numbers place him eighth in the league in offensive rebounds, 12th in steals, 29th in rebounds, and 31st in assists.

Up next for Collinsworth and the Legends is a week off before they have back-to-back games with the Sioux Falls Skyforce.