Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jimmer Fredette Scores 42 in BYU Win

FORT COLLINS, Colo.-- Jimmer Fredette scored 42 points, his second 40-plus performance in a week, and No. 9 Brigham Young beat Colorado State 94-85 on Saturday night for its ninth straight victory.

Fredette, the nation's leading scorer, had a season-high 47 points in a win over Utah last Tuesday. This time he made 16 of 17 free throws and shot 11 of 24 from the field, including 4 of 9 from 3-point range, to lead the Cougars (19-1, 5-0 Mountain West) in scoring for 18th time in 20 games.

He has scored in double figures in all 20 games.

Kyle Collinsworth and Jackson Emery added 16 points apiece for BYU, which defeated Colorado State (13-6, 3-2) for the ninth straight time.

Wes Eikmeier led Colorado State with a career-high 25 points. Travis Franklin added 21 and Andy Ogide 18.

The Rams trailed 70-54 after Brandon Davies' putback for Brigham Young before going on a 9-1 spurt to pull to 71-63 on Eikmeier's 3-pointer with 9:15 remaining.

Dwight Smith's 3-pointer cut it to 75-69 with 7:27 left but Fredette answered with a 3. When the Rams got to within 79-73 on a pair of free throws by Andy Ogide with 5:15 remaining, Fredette promptly scored on a driving layup.

BYU went on a 7-1 run from there to go in front 88-76 with 2:14 left. Still, the Rams wouldn't go away. They scored the next five points, including a 3 by Eikmeier before Fredette broke up the spurt again with a pair of free throws for a 90-81 Cougars advantage. The Rams didn't get closer than six points in last minute and a half.

Shooting a blistering 62.5 percent from the field, Brigham Young opened up a 55-40 halftime lead over a Colorado State club that had the backing of its first sellout crowd at Moby Arena in seven years.

Fredette had 21 of his points in the opening period, scoring from an array of angles against intense defensive pressure, taking the ball to the hoop, banking in jumpers, hitting all seven of his free throws and twice draining 3-pointers.

Trailing 23-11 early, the Rams got back in it with an 8-0 run capped by Franklin's fast-break layup that made it 23-19 midway through the first half. But the Cougars reasserted themselves. Collinsworth's basket gave the Cougars a 10-point advantage and Fredette's driving layup on the heels of Charles Abouo's 3-pointer put BYU back in front by 14 with 1:38 left in the half.

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