Fredette dominates, as BYU puts up triple digits on UtahJan 12, 2011 - 4:45 AM Salt Lake City, UT (Sports Network) - Senior guard Jimmer Fredette scored 32 of his season-high 47 points in the first half, as the 11th-ranked BYU Cougars handled the Utah Utes, 104-79, in a Mountain West Conference battle from the Huntsman Center.
Fredette shot 16-of-28 from the field, including a 6-of-9 performance from beyond the arc, for the Cougars (17-1, 3-0 MWC), who have won seven in a row. In December of 2009, Fredette scored 49 points in a win over the Arizona Wildcats, setting a new BYU record for points scored in a single game.
"It was one of those special nights," Fredette said. "Guys were getting me open and I was able to make some plays for myself. It was an exciting night."
Jackson Emery added 20 points for BYU, which got 12 points apiece from Brandon Davies and Noah Hartsock.
Will Clyburn finished with 23 points off the bench for the Utes (7-10, 0-3), who played their second straight nationally-ranked foe. Josh Watkins chipped in with 19 points in defeat.
With the score tied at 25-25 with 8:41 left in the first half, BYU put together an 8-2 flurry to create some distance. Fredette and Kyle Collinsworth each made three-pointers during the surge for a 33-27 edge with 6 1/2 minutes remaining.
Holding a 47-42 margin late in the first half, Fredette made back-to-back three-pointers for the Cougars. The second trey was a half-court heave at the buzzer to make it 53-42.
Fredette made 10-of-15 shots over the first 20 minutes, including a 5-of-6 performance from three-point range.
Ahead by nine, 66-57, with 11:40 to play, BYU put the game away with a 24-4 run. Emery tallied 11 points during the surge that Fredette capped with a layup for a 90-61 lead with 6:18 left.
BYU leads the all-time series with Utah, 126-125...The Cougars made 14-of-24 shots from three-point range, while the Utes went 3-of-12 from beyond the arc...J.J. O'Brien ended with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Utah, which turned the ball over 22 times...With 12:47 remaining in the first half, Emery passed Danny Ainge as the all-time BYU leader in career steals with 196. Ainge recorded 195 steals during his career from 1977-81.
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