Air Force
66 - 76 Final
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Fredette leads No. 15 BYU over Air Force

Jan 9, 2011 - 12:46 AM Provo, UT (Sports Network) - Jimmer Fredette led all scorers with 22 points as No. 15 BYU downed Air Force, 76-66, at Marriott Center.

Noah Hartsock posted 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars (16-1, 2-0 MWC), winners of six straight games. Brandon Davies added 10 points and six boards.

"It was a hard fought game but we were well prepared and we played hard," said BYU head coach Dave Rose. "Air Force is a very physical team. They sped us up a little bit and we didn't shoot the ball as well as we are capable of but it was another one of those games where our guys found a way to win and that's really important."

Michael Lyons notched 14 points and Mike Fitzgerald added 13 for the Falcons (10-5, 1-1), who saw a two-game win streak snapped.

BYU bolted out to a 48-33 advantage less than three minutes into the second half as Fredette drained a trey to cap an 11-3 run.

Logan Magnusson then hit from long distance and the home team led 57-40, and the visitors weren't able to shrink their deficit below double digits until two Shawn Hempsey free throws made it 65-56 with 4:24 to play.

Hartsock connected from long distance inside of two minutes left to get BYU's margin to 72-61 and Air Force was finally subdued.

"Going into the game we wanted to keep it close and be in it down the stretch and I thought we did that," said Air Force head coach Jeff Reynolds. "We had it within 10 with six or seven minutes left and just couldn't close the gap."

A Fitzgerald trey gave the Falcons a 10-9 lead roughly 5 1/2 minutes in, but two free throws from Davies ended an 11-4 run that saw the Cougars lead 20-13.

Hartsock's jumper with 4:25 left in the half boosted BYU to a 31-19 edge to cap an 11-3 burst, but Air Force finished on an 11-6 run to get within 37-30 on a Todd Fletcher jumper.

Game Notes

BYU has won 53 of the 65 all-time meetings, including 11 in a row over Air Force...The Cougars hit 19-of-22 free throws and won the battle of the boards by a 38-25 count...Jackson Emery, who was held to eight points on 2-of-11 shooting -- all from beyond the arc -- nonetheless tied Danny Ainge's school record for steals with 195...Attendance was 22,700.

  • AIR FORCE: 66
    BYU: 76

    Jan 8 5:00 PM

  • AIR FORCE: 30
    BYU: 37

    Jan 8 3:47 PM

  • AIR FORCE: 0
    BYU: 0
    1st Half - 20:00

    Jan 8 3:03 PM
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