Hot-handed Cougars playing best basketball of season heading into WCC Championship game

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A fire blazed in Las Vegas Monday night.

Each of the Cougars seemed on a mission to be named the MVP of the game. Chase Fischer hit 6 threes, Tyler Haws took care of the usual business and Mr. Triple-Double himself tied the career triple-double record in the Cougars 84–70 win over the Pilots in the WCC Tournament semifinal game.

Kyle Collinsworth made a fast break toward his sixth triple-double in a season with 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 points during the first half.

In the second half, Collinsworth made up the remainder of his stats to earn his sixth triple-double on the season, widening his lead with the one-season record. When Collinsworth was one point away from extending his triple-double, the crowd chanted, “One more point, one more point.”

He tied Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Anderson for all-time NCAA triple-double record. Collinsworth ended the night with 14 rebounds, 11 assists and 13 points.

Tyler Haws spread his range making 2–3 three-point attempts and 5–7 field goals for a total of 12 points in the first half. Haws had 18 points on the night.

As a team, the Cougars BYU guard Chase Fischer matched the Pilots points at 18 on his own with 6:54 left in the first half.  

Fischer was 6–8 from beyond the arc for a total of 20 points in the first half. He couldn’t snag another three in the second half, but ended with a total of 24 points.

Freshman center Corbin Kaufusi also set a record tonight. Kaufusi topped his game high, which was previously 8 points, with a total of 9 points on the night. 

This tweet sums it up when the Cougars are playing some of their best basketball all season in March.

The Cougars take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the WCC Championship game Tuesday night at 6 p.m. PST.

 

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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