Brandon Davies led the Cougars with six rebounds. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
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-Kyle Collinsworth started for the second time of his career, scoring 10 points and adding 2 assists.
-Noah Hartsock stayed hot for the Cougars after hitting the game-winning shot against South Florida, scoring 7 points on 3-of-5 shooting with 5 rebounds.
-With 7:24 left in the first half, Jimmer Fredette missed his first free throw in 14 attempts to halt his team-leading free throw streak at 9.
-Jackson Emery finished the first half with 11 points, the most he has scored in the first half this season. Emery was 3-for-4 from three-point land during the half.
-Fredette scored 20+ points for the 5th time this season and the 35th time of his career.
-Fredette was named MVP of the South Padre Invitational. Hartsock and Emery were named to the all-tournament team.
-The 74-73 finish gave St. Mary’s their first loss of the season.
-Starters – Fredette, Jackson, K. Collinworth, Brandon Davies, Hartsock
-With the victory, the Cougars improved their dominance over the Gaels all-time. BYU owns an 8-2 series advantage.
-With the victory, the Cougars improved to 158-63 as a ranked team.
-Dave Rose recorded his 133rd victory at BYU. He is just four wins behind Glen Potter for 5th place on BYU’s all-time list.
-With 1:22 left in the first half, Emery hit his third three pointer of the game and his 154th career trey to move him ahead of Lee Cummard for 5th place on the BYU career three-pointers list.
-With 1 steal in the first half, Fredette recorded his 130th career steal and moved into sole possession of 8th place on the BYU all-time steals list, surpassing Lee Cummard.
-With 5 steals, Emery surpassed Jonathan Tavernari for 3rd place on the BYU all-time list.
-Jackson Emery started the game 2-for-2 from three-point range to give the Cougars an early 9-2 advantage.
-The Cougars started the contest going 5-for-7 from the field (71.4%), including 2-for-3 from three-point land to jump out to a 13-4 lead.
-BYU's biggest lead of the first half was 9, at 15-6 and 17-8.
-St. Mary’s first lead since 2-1 came with 7 minutes left in the first half after a free throw put the Gaels up 27-26.
-The Cougars went on a 7-2 run to take back the lead at 35-29 with 4:33 left in the first half. A 5-2 run to end the first half gave the Cougars a 43-40 lead going into the break.
-BYU shot a season-best 64% from the field in the first half, going 16-for-25 from the field, including going 4-for-7 from behind the arc.
-The second half saw four lead changes.
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
“It’s amazing how a couple of points can really change your life. This was a really, really great weekend for us. When we came down here without Chris Collinsworth, we knew we were going to have a challenge and our post guys were really going to have to step up.”
“I was really thrilled for how the guys competed together as a group. The biggest thing we gained from this weekend is how to win together as a group. Finding the pieces of how this thing is going to come together is a big benefit of this weekend.”
On St. Mary’s:
“They really spread the floor well and have a skilled player in every position and their post guys are really aggressive.”
“After watching a couple of their games we thought a key to this game was to not let them get clean looks at the basket from the three-point line.”
“They caused us matchup problems. We switched a lot and tried to make it uncomfortable for them.”
“It’s been an exciting week for us. We came in here and played two really good teams. We played tough and played with a lot of guts in two close games.”