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In just his third game back from a month-long absence with an ankle injury, former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth returned to form as he put up one of his best games of the season as the Texas Legends beat up the Iowa Energy 148-105 in the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday night.

Collinsworth finished with nine points on 3 for 7 shooting from the floor and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line. He also added a game-high 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks in 27 minutes.

He got first basket of the night in the second quarter when he put the ball on the floor and got to the paint for a tough floater. He followed that up just seconds later with a nifty assist as he threw a behind-the-back pass to a wide open Warney for a free-throw line jumper. He got back on the board minutes later when he attacked the basket and finished in traffic for his second field goal. His last basket of the night came on a lay up after he grabbed an offensive board.

He had plenty of help as five Legends’ players scored in double figures led by Andre Dawkins who totaled 37 points on 12 for 17 shooting from beyond the arc in 24 minutes off the bench. Jameel Warney also reached the 30-point mark on 12 for 18 shooting from the floor and 6 for 6 from the foul line.

Texas also got double-doubles out of Pierre Jackson who put up 19 points and 11 assists while Stephane Lasme chipped in with 14 points and 10 boards.

Jarell┬áMartin paced the Energy in the loss with 25 points and 14 rebounds in 36 minutes before fouling out. Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round pick Wade Baldwin IV also had a solid statistical night as he recorded 22 points on 4 for 5 shooting from 3-point range to go long with six assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes.

For the season, Collinsworth has played in 32 games where he is averaging 6.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting from the floor while adding 7.5 rebounds (2.9 on the offensive end), 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals in 28 minutes. Those numbers are good enough to place him at No. 9 in the league in steals, No. 10 in offensive rebounds, No. 20 in assists and No. 23 in rebounds.



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.

Former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth has seen his ups and downs during the start of his professional career as a member of the D-League’s Texas Legends.

After starting out the season as one of the team’s primary ball handlers, his role has changed with the additions of Pierre Jackson and Tony Wroten.

While his assist numbers have dropped since the pair of talented guards have come aboard, Collinsworth has still been contributing in other ways for Texas.

His return to Salt Lake City on Thursday night showed how he has grown in his new opportunity as he had one of his best games of the season.

In the Legends’ 114-90 win over the Stars, He totaled nine points on 4 for 6 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt. He added a team-high 11 rebounds, including four on the offensive end while adding two assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes off the bench.

The nine points tied for his second best scoring output of the season while the 66.7 percent shooting from the floor is a new career high for a game where he shot at least five times.

His rebounding numbers have shown that he has figured out a way to still make a significant impact even without the ball in his hands. Over the last three games, he is averaging 10.3 rebounds a night, including 4.3 on the offensive end.

That has bolstered his offensive rebounding average to 3.1 per game and into the top 10 in the league (of players who have played at least eight games).

He has also done a terrific job getting into passing lanes and getting steals where he ranks at No. 13 in the league with 1.9 a contest.

As for things Collinsworth is trying to work on, he said that outside shooting was a big emphasis.

That part of his game is a work in progress having made just 13.3 percent of his 3-point shots (2 of 15).

“It’s a process,” said Collinsworth. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I always have to tell myself that, just to stay patient and keep working hard. It’s a challenge and I’m embracing it each day.”

For the season, he is averaging 6.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals.