BYU vs. New Mexico: Game Notes and Quotes

The Marriot Center was sold out for the fifth-straight game. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

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Player Notes

-Jimmer Fredette led the Cougars early, posting 6 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in the first 15 minutes of play.

-In his first-career start, James Anderson recorded 4 points, 3 blocks and 1 rebound.

-Noah Hartsock recorded 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in the first half.

-Fredette’s 33 points mark his 26th 20+ game of the season and the 56th of his career. The Cougars are 23-3 this season when Fredette scores 20 or more.

-Fredette scored 25 points in the second half and 17 straight for the Cougars in a 6-minute span from the 10:27 mark to the 3:58 mark.

-Both Fredette and Emery recorded 4 steals.

-Fredette finished with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, going 12-of-12 from the free-throw line.

Team Notes

-The Cougars added Anderson to the starting lineup of Fredette, Emery, Abouo and Hartsock. It was the first start of the season for this lineup.

-Emery and Fredette combined for 16 of the Cougars’ 26 first-half points.

-The loss was BYU’s first loss at home this season.

-The Cougars played in front of a sellout crowd for the 8th-consecutive time and the 5th time at the Marriott Center.

Record Watch

-A three-pointer at the 19:46 mark in the second half moved Fredette ahead of Chad Toppert for 3rd place all-time in the MWC in three-pointers.

-Fredette recorded his 18th 30-point game, moving ahead of Devin Durrant and Michael Smith for first place all-time at BYU.

-Fredette tied a school record by making a three-pointer in his 22nd consecutive game.

Game Trends

-The Lobos jumped out to an early 10-2 lead at the 17:53 mark on 4-of-4 shooting from the field.

-New Mexico’s 42-26 halftime lead marked only the 4th time the Cougars have trailed at the break this season.

-The Cougars pulled within 11 of the Lobos after at the 15:02 mark after an Abouo layup made the score 48-37.

Postgame Quotes

BYU head coach Dave Rose

New Mexico head coach Steve Alford

“I thought a big key to the win was we did a good job understanding what we had to do. We beat them on the boards.”

“BYU is good on transitions, so we had to be good on transitions. We beat them at the three-point line, which was shocking. On defense, we did what we wanted to do and on offense we made shots.”

“Every time they made a run, we answered it. If they made a five-point run, we answered with a five-point run.”

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