Jimmer Fredette and Jackson Emery, along with Logan Magnusson, will play their final game in the Marriott Center on Saturday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
Cougars to Conclude Regular season on Saturday
No. 3/3 BYU basketball will celebrate its three seniors and look to clinch a share of the MWC regular season title on Saturday, March 5, against Wyoming at 1:30 p.m. MT in the Marriott Center. Seniors Jimmer Fredette, Jackson Emery and Logan Magnusson will all play their final game in the Marriott Center. A win for the Cougars (27-3 overall, 13-2 MWC) would clinch at least a share of the regular season title with No. 9/9 San Diego State (28-2 overall, 13-2 MWC) and the top seed in the upcoming MWC Tournament. Fredette is the nation’s leading scorer at 27.5 points per game and adds 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Emery adds 12.6 points and 2.9 steals per game and Noah Hartsock contributes 8.7 points and 6.0 boards per game. Wyoming enters Wednesday’s contest at 10-19 overall and 3-12 in the MWC. The Cowboys are coming off an 85-58 home loss to San Diego State. Desmar Jackson leads the Cowboys in scoring at 14.9 points per game and adds 5.0 boards and 2.2 steals per game. Saturday’s game can be heard live on KSL Newsradio beginning with the pregame show at 12:30 p.m. MT on 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City or via the Internet at KSL.com. The game will be televised live on The Mtn.
No. 3/3 BYU will play in the Conoco MWC Championships from March 10-12 in Las Vegas. Live stats and audio links will be available on www.byucougars.com and fans can listen live on the radio on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM out of Salt Lake City. The tournament will be televised live on The Mtn., CBS College Sports and VERSUS.
Cougar Quick Hits
— No. 3/3 BYU head coach Dave Rose is 154-43 in his six seasons at BYU and is the program’s all-time leader in winning percentage at .782. He is second all-time in wins behind Stan Watts, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
— In MWC action, Jimmer Fredette is averaging 30.9 points, 3.5 threes and 4.4 assists while shooting .434 from the field, .427 from three and .906 from the free throw line.
— Jimmer Fredette was named to eight preseason All-America teams and is a Cousy Award and Oscar Robertson Trophy finalist and a Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy midseason candidate. Fredette leads the nation in scoring at 27.5 points per game and adds 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
— Senior guard Jackson Emery is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game and adds 3.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists and a team-best 2.9 steals per game. He has posted four-plus steals 12 times this season and is the program’s all-time leader in career steals. Noah Hartsock adds 8.7 points per game on .505 shooting from the field and .476 shooting from three.
— At 27-3, BYU has the best 30-game record in program history.
BYU GAME #30 FAST FACTS
No. 3/3 BYU (27-3, 13-2) vs. Wyoming (10-19, 3-12)
Saturday, March 5, 2011
1:30 p.m. MT
BYU, Dave Rose (154-43 in sixth season at BYU; same overall)
Wyoming, Fred Langley (2-4 in first season at Wyoming; same overall)
BYU leads 104-69, with BYU winning 69-62 in Laramie earlier this season
KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) and the Cougar Sports Network (Greg Wrubell, play-by-play; Mark Durrant, game analysis)
The Mtn. (Rich Cellini, play-by-play; Joe Cravens, game analysis)
Live audio and live stats links are available on the men’s basketball schedule page at www.byucougars.com/basketball_m/
Looking at Wyoming
2010-11 Record: 10-19, 3-12
Conference: Mountain West
2009-10 Record: 10-21, 3-13 (8th)
2010 Postseason: None
- Wyoming is 10-19 overall and 3-12 in Mountain West Conference play. The Cowboys are 10-7 at home, 0-10 on the road and 0-2 in neutral games. Wyoming has lost three of four including setbacks at UNLV and at home against San Diego State in its last two games.
- Desmar Jackson leads the Cowboys in scoring at 14.9 points per game and adds 5.0 boards and 2.2 steals per game. Amath M’Baye adds 12.1 points per game and a team-best 5.6 boards while shooting .485 from the field. Djibril Thiam and Francisco Cruz add 9.8 and 9.6 poinst per game, respectively.
- Wyoming averages 65.7 points and shoots .431 from the field and .272 from three. Cowboy opponents average 68.6 points and shoot .441 from the field against Wyoming.
Coach: Fred Langley (1st season at Wyoming)
Wyoming’s Last Outing — Cowboys Fall to No. 9 Aztecs, 85-58, in Home Finale
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - For the second time this season San Diego State played Wyoming after losing to BYU. Both times the Aztecs won big.
Thomas and Brian Carlwell both scored 15 points in an arena where the Aztecs haven’t been very successful.
San Diego State (28-2, 13-2 Mountain West) won the first meeting with the Cowboys 96-57 on Jan. 29, three days after losing 71-58 to BYU.
The Aztecs lost in Laramie in 2009 and 2010 and in 24 of their last 30 games in the arena.
The BYU loss and the team’s dismal record in Laramie left Aztecs coach Steve Fisher “anxious” to see how his team would play Tuesday night.
Wyoming (10-19, 3-12) used a full-court press to take a 15-14 lead 9:35 into the first half on a basket by Desmar Jackson, who led the Cowboys with 16 points.
The Aztecs used two 11-0 runs keyed by Thomas and Carlwell to pull away and Wyoming never got closer than 16 points in the second half.
It was SDSU’s largest margin of victory in Laramie. In 2003, the Aztecs won by 13 points.
San Diego State extended its streak of not losing two in a row to 48 games.
The 6-foot-9 Thomas had 11 rebounds and the 6-11 Carlwell had eight. Both shot 6 of 9 from the field and recorded two blocks as SDSU scored 52 points in the paint.
Kawhi Leonard added 12 points and nine rebounds, and D.J. Gay had 11 points for the Aztecs, who shot 52.5 percent from the field and outrebounded the Cowboys 43-26.
BYU leads the all-time series against Wyoming 104-69. The Cougars are 12-0 against the Cowboys under Dave Rose.
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