Fredette Does It Again
January 12, 2011 11:58 AM
Less than a week after he lit up UNLV with a 39-point virtuoso performance at the Thomas & Mack Center, BYU’s Jimmer Fredette went off again Tuesday night against another rival. Fredette poured in 47 points as the 10th-ranked Cougars cruised to 16-1 with a 104-79 win at Utah. The senior guard somehow managed to top his performance against the Rebels, shooting 16-of-28 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from three point range. One three came from beyond NBA range, another swished as he fell away with a defender in his face, and the most amazing of all came from just in front of mid-court as time expired to close out the first half. Fredette already had 32 points at intermission. About the only thing he couldn’t do right was dunk. Late in the game, he attempted to slam it home on a wide open fast break, only to have the ball rim out. That drew some good-natured ribbing from his teammates as they enjoyed the laugher on the home court of their most bitter rival. Great as it was, Fredette’s performance was still two points shy of his career high, 49. He also eclipsed Danny Ainge in the BYU record book with his 13th career 30-point game, four off the school record. Already a likely first-team All American, Fredette is now emerging as a potential candidate for National Player of the Year. He leads the nation in scoring average at 26.1 points per game.