BYU vs. UNLV: Game Notes and Quotes

Seniors Jackson Emery and Jimmer Fredette combined for 61 of BYU's 89 points. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

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Player Notes

-Jackson Emery tied a career high with 6 three pointers and finished with 22 points.

-After scoring only 3 points in the first 15 minutes, Jimmer Fredette went 4-for-5 from 3-point range to score 14 points in the last 5 minutes of the first half.

-Brandon Davies scored in double figures for the 10th time this season, finishing with 15 on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. He finished with a double-double, adding 10 rebounds to his 15 points.

-Jimmer Fredette scored 30+ points for the 4th time of the season and the 12th time of his career. He finished with a season-high 39 points on 12-of-25 shooting, including 7-of-13 from 3-point range.

-Emery scored 20+ for the 3rd time of the season and 7th time of his career.

-Emery and Fredette combined for 61 of BYU’s 89 points.

Team Notes

-The victory marks the Cougars’ first at the Thomas and Mack Center since 2005.

-For the 1st time in 3 games, The Cougars went with the starting lineup of Fredette, Jackson Emery, Kyle Collinsworth, Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies.

-Only 4 Cougars scored in the first half; Fredette (14), Davies (12), Emery (6), Hartsock (3).

-The victory gave the Cougars their first over a ranked opponent since defeating Louisville in 2007.

Record Watch

-With BYU’s 15th win of the season, Fredette played in his 95th victory as a Cougar. He is now in 3rd place all time behind former teammates Lee Cummard (97) and Jonathan Tavernari (103).

-Dave Rose now has 142 career victories at BYU, sitting in 3rd place all time, just 10 wins behind Roger Reid.

-With 2 steals, Emery moved within 1 one Danny Ainge for the BYU all-time lead.

Game Trends

-UNLV jumped out to a 7-3 lead on the heels on a 7-0 run to start the game.

-The Cougars answered with a 7-0 run of their own to take a 15-12 lead with 10:51 remaining in the first half.

-Another shift in momentum brought on a 13-0 UNLV run, giving the Rebels a 25-15 lead at the 6:58 mark.

-The Cougars overcame the 10-point deficit to take a 38-35 lead into halftime after Fredette scored 14 points, including 4 three pointers during the 23-10 run.

-BYU started the second half with a 14-3 run and extended their lead to 14 points at 52-38 with 15:38 left in the game.

-The Cougars biggest lead of the game came with 4:18 left in the game when a Kyle Collinsworth free throw made the score 78-57.

Postgame Quotes

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

“I thought we spaced the floor really well and shared the ball. And we have a great player in Jimmer (Fredette).”

“I was happy for our two senior guards. It was big for them to get a win here.”

“This is a really competitive group. I thought we’d have a chance in the second half if we could stay with them and sustain their runs in the first half.”

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette

“I was just hitting shots tonight. I saw the ball going into the basket. My teammates did a great job of screening and finding me when I was open.”

“You have to get yourself mentally ready. They have a great crowd and a great arena and fortunately we came out with a win.”

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