Jimmer Fredette moved into third all-time in scoring at BYU with 2,299 career points. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
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-Charles Abouo came up big for the Cougars early on, scoring 6 points, grabbing 2 rebounds and blocking a shot in the first 6 minutes of play.
-Brandon Davies recorded 7 rebounds in his first 12 minutes of play. Kyle Collinsworth also finished the half with 7 rebounds. His career-high is also 10 boards.
-Jimmer Fredette converted three and-one plays in the first half, one being a four-point play.
-Davies recorded a new career-high in free throw makes and attempts as the sophomore center shot 12-for-16 from the charity stripe.
-Davies recorded a new career-high in rebounds at the 9:27 mark with his 11th board of the night. Davies would finish with 15 rebounds on the night, the most of any player this season.
-The starting lineup of Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery, Charles Abouo, Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies is now 4-0 on the year. Each one of the starters finished the game with at least one steal.
-The Marriott Center crowd of 22,700 marks the Cougars 4th straight home sellout, and the 6th Marriott Center sellout this season. BYU has now played in front of 5-straigh sellout crowds at home against UNLV, Utah and CSU as well as on the road at Air Force and TCU.
-In a second half that was plagued by fouls, the Cougars went into the double-bonus at the 11:14 mark. BYU shot 35-for-43 from the line. 53 total fouls were called during the game.
-The Cougars outrebounded the Rams 48-29.
-With 12:59 remaining in the first half, Jimmer Fredette moved into third place for all-time assists in the Mountain West Conference as he recorded his 472nd assist. Fredette passed Brandon Ewing who played for Wyoming from 2005-09 and recorded 471 assists over the course of his career.
-Jimmer Fredette is now the record-holder for three-pointers made in one season. At the 9:59 mark in the first half, Fredette made his 89th three-pointer this season to surpass Jonathan Tavernari’s previous record of 88 treys during the 2007-08 season.
-With a free throw at the 15:05 mark in the second half, Fredette passed Devin Durrant to move into third place all-time in Cougar history for career points scored with 2,286 career points in the past four years. Durrant scored 2,285 points for BYU from 1978-80, 82-84. He now has 2,299 career points.
-With 36 points in the victory, Fredette is now tied for the BYU all-time record for 30-point games with 17 30-point games in his career.
-The game remained close through the first seven minutes of the first half but with the score 13-13 and 12:59 remaining the Cougars took over going on a 14-0 run to take a 14 point lead.
-Colorado State finished the half with a 10-5 run to cut the Cougar lead to 8.
-The Rams came out strong in the second half and cut the Cougar lead to 2 with 17:04 remaining to be played. However, BYU refused to let the Rams tie the game or take a lead.
BYU head coach Dave Rose
"The game was exactly how we thought it would play out as far as how physical it was and how competitive it was. Both teams played with a lot of emotion."
"Both teams were extremely active on the boards and it was a really important game. Both teams played that way and I was glad we were able to make a few plays down the stretch and were able to win the game."
Brandon played with a lot of energy and a lot of passion. Their frontline is very good. They were physical with him but he just kept playing. He got himself to the free throw line and converted. The way he rebounded was impressive."
Colorado State head coach Tim Miles
“Referring to the amount of offensive rebounds given up and fouls committed by his team; “I think both were a by product of us extending our defense against Jimmer. When you get extended you are often vulnerable to fouls and rebounds. We usually don’t run around the floor like that but I think it was worth it tonight. We held Jimmer to nine makes on 27 shots and forced seven turnovers, so I would say that is a pretty nice job.”
“I love our guys’ effort. We went out there and battled and battled. You can’t get those guys down. I think what really hurt us was seven turnovers in our last 20 possessions. Emery made three great defensive plays there at the end to turn the game.”
“I think that our guys did a great job giving themselves a chance in this one. We had plenty of opportunities but just never could take full advantage.”