Kyle Collinsworth reached double-figures in points, rebounds and assists for the fifth time this season in BYU's 87-68 victory over Loyola Marymount. He's now recorded more triple-doubles in a single season than any player in NCAA Division I history.
His four triple-doubles previously recorded this season came against Pacific (17 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists), San Francisco (12, 12, 10), Gonzaga (13, 10, 10) and Hawai'i (19, 12, 10).
Four players have recorded four triple-doubles in a single season. Michael Anderson first set the old record with Drexel in 1986. Brian Shaw of UC Santa Barbara tied it in 1988. Most recently Stephane Lasme recorded four triple-doubles at UMass in 2007. The most impressive name with four triple-doubles in a season is 10-time NBA all-star Jason Kidd, who achieved the feat in 1994 at Cal.
This record was set less than a year after he tore his ACL in the WCC Tournament against Gonzaga.
Collinsworth is the only player to tally more than one triple-double so far this season.
And there's plenty of reason to believe he won't stop at five. Collinsworth averages 13.6 points, six assists and 8.8 rebounds per game. Ten times this season he has recorded double-doubles, all of the 10+ points and 10+ rebounds variety.
It's not just Collinsworth's multifaceted skill-set that makes this record-setting season possible.
Dave Rose's Cougars play an extremely up-tempo style that averages just over 72 possessions per game. That gives Collinsworth plenty of chances to stuff the stat sheet.
According to KenPom, while on the floor he takes 21.2% of the Cougars shots, assists on an additional 35% of them (29th best in the country) and pulls down 23% of the defensive rebounds (73rd best in the country).
Collinsworth's ability to crash the boards from the point guard position — he's third in the country in rebounds per game among guards, Branden Dawson and Terry Tarpey rank above him but are listed as guard/forwards by Michigan State and William and Mary respectively — is partially a factor of the Cougars' short roster.
With a frontcourt hampered by injury Dave Rose has started a four guard line-up on numerous occasions this season.
Kyle Collinsworth is a do-it-all player on the right team at the right time. He's taken full advantage and has been rewarded with the NCAA single-season record for triple-doubles.