BYU vs. Utah: Game Notes and Quotes

Jimmer Fredette scored a season-high 47 points, including this three before the first half buzzer. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

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Player Notes

- Fredette finished the first half with 32 points on 10-for-15 shooting giving the senior guard his career high in single half points. His previous high came last year against TCU in the Mountain West Conference tournament where he scored 30 second half points.

- Noah Hartsock hit back-to-back threes in the 30th minute of the game. Hartsock has now hit at least one three-pointer in the last six games. During that time Hartsock has shot 10-for-15 from long distance. Prior to those six games, Hartsock had only recorded three made three-pointers during the season.

- Fredette has now recorded three career 40+ point games which is the most ever by any BYU player.

- Fredette’s 47 points gave the senior guard his season-high in points and the second-most points in a game during his career and tied for second-most in a BYU game.

- Jackson Emery recorded five three-pointers and posted 20 points in the victory. Emery has now scored 20+ points 4 times this season and 8 times during his career.

- Kyle Collinsworth led the team in rebounds with 8.

- Fredette’s 47 points made the Cougar point guard the nation’s leading scorer in NCAA Division 1 basketball. In 18 games this season, Fredette is now averaging 26.1 ppg, ahead of UCONN’s Kemba Walker who scored 18 points against Rutgers tonight. Fredette also recorded 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 35 minutes of play.

-The win gave Jimmer Fredette his 97th win which ties Lee Cummard for 2nd most in Cougar career victories. Jackson Emery has now played in 91 wins which makes him the 5th winningest player in BYU history.

Team Notes

- The Cougars shot 8-for-14 from behind the arc in the first half. They finished the game shooting 14-for-24 from long range. The school record for team three-pointers in a game is 15 which was recorded against UNLV in 2007.

- BYU shot 60% from three-point range in the second half.

- Five Cougars recorded double-digits in the victory as Fredette, Emery, Davies, Collinsworth and Hartsock all tallied more than 10 points.

- BYU has scored over 100 points twice this season with the first time coming over Chicago State.

Record Watch

- With 12:47 remaining in the first half, Jackson Emery passed Danny Ainge as the all-time BYU leader in career steals with 196. Ainge recorded 195 steals during his career from 1977-81. In true Emery fashion, he immediately dished the ball to Fredette for an easy layup.

- Also in steals history, Fredette’s steal with 10:39 remaining gave the senior guard lone possession of the fifth place record in career steals with 141 steals over the course of his four years as a Cougar. Previously Fredette was tied with Scott Sinek who recorded 140 steals for BYU from 1981-85.

- Fredette’s 32 first half points gave him 13 30-point games in his career behind Michael Smith and Devin Durrant who each scored 30+ points 17 times during their career at BYU. Fredette’s 13 30-point games puts him ahead of Danny Ainge in the category. Ainge scored 30+ points 12 times during his career.

- Fredette’s driving layup with 12:39 remaining gave the Glens Falls native 38 points and beat the all-time individual scoring record in a game vs. Utah. The previous individual record versus Utah was previously held by Fredette for his 36 point outing against the Utes last season.

- Fredette and Emery reached significant career scoring milestones at Utah. Emery became the 42nd member of BYU's 1,000-point club when he hit a three with 6:55 remaining, his final points of the night. He has exactly 1,000 career points. Fredette became the fourth BYU basketball player to reach 2,000 career points when he hit the first of two free throws with 3:07 remaining. He hit the second of two free throws for his final point of the night and to give him 2,001 career points.

Game Trends

- In the first half both teams exchanged points through most of the first half but in the final ten minutes of the first half, BYU was able to extend their lead over the Utes by capitalizing on hot shooting from long range. From the 9:39 mark through the 5:22 mark BYU outscored Utah 19-6.

- Utah started the second half on a 4-0 run but BYU quickly took over outscoring the Utes in the second half 51-37.

Game Quotes

BYU Head Coach Dave Rose

"He's (Fredette) a special player. He's on a roll and playing with a lot of confidence."

"This is a great team win for a lot of reasons. This is a great basketball team when Jimmer's playing like that and the other guys are engaged like they were."

"The first half we weren't actually engaged in our defensive game plan. In the second half we did a much better job of corralling the ball once it got up on the rim."

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette

"It was one of those special nights. Guys were getting me open and I was able to make some plays for myself. It was an exciting night."

"Playing against Utah in this building in a great rivalry was a special thing for us."

"The basket felt real big and my teammates did a great job of getting me the ball in good situations."

On Jackson Emery

"Jackon's a great competitor. I have been grateful for him and it has been great to be a part of his career. It's a special thing for us to go through this senior year together."

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