BYU-Saint Mary's notes: Collinsworth and his knee were OK, after all

2014-02-15T22:15:00Z 2014-03-20T21:00:02Z BYU-Saint Mary's notes: Collinsworth and his knee were OK, after allJason Franchuk - Daily Herald Daily Herald
February 15, 2014 10:15 pm  • 

MORAGA, Calif. — Kyle Collinsworth writhing on the McKeon Pavilion floor seemed like a sure sign he was done for Saturday night, if not longer.

Collinsworth, however, kind of symbolized BYU: Down, but far from out.

The sophomore guard's apparent knee injury was merely a temporary pain.

He returned for the final couple of minutes in the first half, then was available for the final 20 minutes in a 60-57 win at Saint Mary's.

Collinsworth had 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting, plus six rebounds and three assists.

He hit the deck hard on a defensive rebound with 6 1/2 minutes before halftime. The Cougars trailed, 25-15, and the last thing they needed was their starting point guard heading to the locker room.

But the best sign — after his knee bent at an angle that had the crowd of 3,500 gasping — was that he left the floor on his own. He was wiping a few pained tears from his eyes, but that was a small price to pay for a scary moment.

He returned with 2 1/2 minutes before the break, though BYU was still in a 10-point rut.

"He landed really awkwardly," Tyler Haws said. "I was really worried. I'm glad he's back. We've got to get him healthy."

BYU coach Dave Rose said some tests would be run Monday after the Cougars returned home after their first win in three West Coast Conference-affiliated tries at SMC.

Nate Austin said he figured when Collinsworth walked with athletic trainer Robert Ramos to the locker room, he'd return.

"He's a tough guy and it's a big game. So I knew he would come back," the BYU post player said. "He's a winner and a competitor."

∫Back in his house: Matthew Dellavedova was the WCC's player of the year as a junior and led the Gaels to another NCAA bid as a senior.

He was also an academic all-America twice, which is what school officials have said is part of the reason to honor the former point guard with a jersey retirement ceremony so quickly — not even a full year removed from his graduation.

Along the way, of course, he tortured BYU into four losses and averaged 16 points and seven assists against the Cougars. One "W" was especially dramatic, as he connected on a 35-foot runner at the buzzer, right after Tyler Haws appeared to have the game won at the Marriott Center last season with a jumpshot with 2.5 seconds left.

It was a quick waiting period to retire Dellavedova's No. 4, but the school wouldn't accept any grief for it.

Coach Randy Bennett told reporters recently that the Australia native Dellavedova "did everything possible" to warrant such an honor. Part of the reason for the quick ceremony seemed to be to serve as a recruiting tool.

Clearly, he's still beloved by current Gaels. Along with the first 1,000 fans to walk through the turnstiles, the team wore blue T-shirts that honored Dellavedova's number and return to campus.

Dellavedova currently plays for the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and has suited up for the Australian national team at the last Olympics.

"This place is a home away from home for me," said Dellavedova, who continued a string of success for Aussie-raised players at SMC like Daniel Kickert and current NBA player Patty Mills.

He was home because of the All-Star Game break. Dellavedova actually attended Thursday night's home game as well. School officials had been a little worried the past few weeks about hyping up his return, as Dellavedova stood a chance to be selected for a rookie-level appearance in New Orleans.

He became the second SMC player to get his jersey retired, joining Tom Meschery, who wore No. 31 from 1958-61. His No. 14 pro jersey was also retired by the NBA's Golden State Warriors.

∫Tip-ins: Anson Winder made BYU's only 3-pointer, making 1-of-2 as BYU missed six other attempts. ...Tyler Haws is over the 1,800-point mark for his career, the second fastest in BYU history (97 games). Danny Ainge did it in 91.

-- Jason Franchuk covers primarily BYU football and basketball for the Daily Herald. You can connect with him by email at jfranchuk@heraldextra.com or by following him on Twitter at

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