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Kyle Collinsworth sets NCAA career triple-double record

A day after coming up a rebound shy of a triple-double against Belmont, a stat change approved by the NCAA gives the senior point guard the top spot in the history books.

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Kyle Collinsworth now holds a position in the NCAA record books that allows him to look down and see a man named Shaq.

The 6-foot-6 senior point guard recorded 26 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in BYU’s game Saturday against Belmont. His first triple-double of this season is the seventh of his career. As a junior, Collinsworth set the NCAA single-season triple-double record with six. The previous record was four.

BYU announced the record today because when the game ended he was credited with just nine rebounds. According to the Cougars’ release the NCAA approved a stat change that gave him an additional shot attempt and rebound, coming with 2:54 to play in the first half Collinsworth missed a shot and attempted to follow it up with tip that was then rebounded by Belmont.

Until Saturday night, Collinsworth was tied with all-time great Shaquille O’Neal and former Drexel star from the ‘80s Michael Anderson. Both of whom recorded six triple doubles in their careers.

BYU’s up-tempo offense and bevy of shooters have helped the do-it-all point guard fill the stat sheet in his time as a Cougar.

Setting any NCAA record is an impressive feat. Collinsworth’s achievement is made even more impressive considering what preceded it. On March 12, 2014 in the West Coast Conference tournament championship game against Gonzaga Collinsworth fell to the floor clutching his right knee. He had torn his ACL. At that point in his career Collinsworth had not yet recorded a single triple-double. Less than a year later, on March 9, 2015, Collinsworth had racked up six of them.