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The BYU Cougars bounced back from their loss to Saint Mary’s with a resounding 91-62 win over the Pacific Tigers in the Marriott Center on Saturday night.

The Cougars used a balanced scoring attack led by Eric Mika, who totaled 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor while adding 10 rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.

Elijah Bryant added 17 points on his own on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 3 from beyond the arc in just his second game back from injury.

Anthony Townes led the way for the Tigers with 18 points on 8-for-14 shooting, while Jacob Lampkin chipped in with 10 points.

Why the Cougars won

It was a complete performance from the Cougars. They shot the ball well from inside and out and did a good job getting to the free-throw line.

They also shared the ball well and got one of their most productive bench scoring nights of the season.

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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.

The Shanghai Sharks fell in heartbreaking fashion as Leopards guard Jermey Pargo connected on a jumper with less than a second ago to push Shenzhen to the 103-101 win on Wednesday.

It was the Sharks second straight loss after dropping just two games in their 23 games.

Pargo led the way for the Leopards who improved to 17-8 on the season with 31 points on 10 for 22 shooting from the floor and 10 for 13 from the foul line with eight rebounds and three assists in 44 minutes.

Muhao Li added 22 points and six rebounds while Former NBA big man Maciej Lampe totaled 15 points and seven boards.

Fredette led the Sharks in scoring with 30 points on 10 for 25 shooting from the floor, including 5 for 9 from beyond the arc and 5 for 5 from the free-throw line. He added five rebounds and four assists in 35:42 of action.

Guerschon Yabusele also put up some big numbers with 28 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the field while adding a game-high 15 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks.

With the loss, the Sharks are now in a tie for first place with the Guandong Southern Tigers who beat Fujian 123-113.

Heading into the all-star break, Fredette is averaging a league-leading 38.4 points on 49.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 40.9 percent from 3-point range and 92.7 percent from the free-throw line. He also averages 8.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.9 steals.

Following the all-star break, Fredette and the Sharks will square off against the Jilin Northeast Tigers on Wednesday. The Tigers are just 11-14 on the season, but did beat the Sharks 104-103 when the two teams met in November.

Some players to watch for the Tigers are Malcolm Thomas and Jabari Brown. Thomas is averaging 21.6 points, a league-leading 17.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists while Brown contributes 31.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists.