Fredette, BYU shoot down CSU at the sold-out Moby

It was as if Jimmer Fredette was running downhill, Tim Miles said, and a wall of the CSU players were waiting at the bottom to stop him.

Fredette, the Brigham Young senior and nation's leading scorer, exploded for 42 points Saturday night to carry the ninth-ranked Cougars to a 94-85 win over Colorado State University before the first sellout crowd of 8,745 at Moby Arena in 8 years.

Fourteen of Fredette's career games of 30 or more points, BYU coach Dave Rose pointed out, have come on the road.

"I like being aggressive and kind of quieting the crowd a little bit," said Fredette, a 6-foot-2 senior and one of the leading candidates for national player-of-the-year honors. "It's a good feeling to be able to come into a building where it's kind of you vs. the world and being able to play well and have your team cheering for you. It's a cool feeling."

Facing Fredette, though, is somewhat of a helpless feeling for the opponent, though. Fredette not only hit eleven of 24 shots form the floor, including 4 of 9 3-pointers, he also shot 17 free throws and made 16.

He's got the ballhandling skills, Miles said, of Harlem Globetrotters legend Curly Neal, coupled with the ability to make almost any shot from almost anywhere on the floor. Add in his aggressive drives to the hoop, and there’s not much an opponent can do to slow him down, let alone stop him.

“When he gets a step advantage, he’s already looking at the second line of defense, so when he’s so good getting past the first line and the second line and getting to the free-throw line, that just makes him that much tougher to guard,” CSU guard Wes Eikmeier said. “It almost doesn’t even matter how many shots he makes, because he gets to the free-throw line so much. He hits some back-breaking free throws.”

Fueled by 62.5 percent shooting (20 of 32) in the 1st half and 21 points from Fredette, the Cougars (19-1, 5-0 Mountain West Conference) raced out to a 55-40 halftime lead, then hit just enough big shots down the stretch to hold off the upset-minded Rams (13-6, 3-2). Kyle Collinsworth added 16 points and 6 assists, and Jackson Emery also had 16 points for BYU.

Posted by imran Sunday, January 23, 2011


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