Kyle Collinsworth was trapped just past midcourt in the second half of BYU's 99-68 win over San Francisco on Saturady. As several Dons converged, Collinsworth passed to Chase Fischer, who took one dribble as he gathered into one of his six made three-pointers on the night.
Many of us spent the next several minutes decrying the official scorekeeper's decision to not count it as an assist. But after the game, the assist was credited and Collinsworth officially had his third triple-double of the season with 12 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
The third such statistical accomplishment puts KC on record watch, as the NCAA record for triple-doubles in a single season is four, officially done by four other players ("officially" since the NCAA did not always track rebounds or assists):
Michael Anderson - Drexel, 1986
Brian Shaw - UC Santa Barbara, 1988
Jason Kidd - California, 1994
Stephane Lasme - UMass, 2007
The record for triple-doubles in a career is six, accomplished by two players:
Michael Anderson - Drexel, 1985-88
Shaquille O'Neal - LSU, 1990-92
Collinsworth's other triple-doubles were against Hawaii on Dec. 6 (19 pts, 12 reb, 10 asts) and against Gonzaga on Dec. 27 (13 pts, 10 reb, 10 asts). His stat-stuffer at San Francisco gives Collinsworth a triple-double each at home, neutral, and road locations.
If Collinsworth is able to record another (14 games remaining, plus the conference tournament), he would put himself in the record books. Two more, and he stands alone.
His closest calls at additional triple-doubles were this season against Stanford (15-10-7) and in both games last season against Pepperdine (11-13-7 and 15-10-9).
The three this season comprise his career total. He does, of course, have one more season of eligibility, but at this rate he may not use it. Less than two months ago, we wondered what kind of contributions Collinsworth would be able to make coming off an ACL injury. He was even held out of exhibitions. Now, he's chasing records.
With Tyler Haws simultaneously tracking down Jimmer at the top of BYU's all-time scoring list, it may be worthwhile to step back from time to time and appreciate what we are witnessing.