BYU guard Jimmer Fredette posted 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds vs. UTEP.
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-Jimmer Fredette started off 4-for-4 from the field, eventually scoring 13 points in the first half. He finished the night one assist and two rebounds shy of a triple-double with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. He went 8-of-18 from the field, 4-of-7 from three-point range and 5-of-5 free throws.
-Fredette’s first 11 points came in a 2:58 span from 10:47-7:49 in the first half.
-Jackson Emery tallied a career high for threes made with six. He finished the night with 23 points, 6 steals (tied a career high) and 6 rebounds.
-Emery recorded 3 or more steals for the 8th time this season and 28th time of his career. The Cougars are 26-2 in those games.
-Brandon Davies and Noah Hartsock both finished in double figures with 15 and 10 total points, respectively.
-Dave Rose and staff started Fredette, Charles Abouo, Kyle Collinsworth, Hartsock and Davies for the third time this season. That starting lineup is now 3-0 on the season.
-With the victory, Dave Rose passed Steve Cleveland (138) for career victories at BYU with 139, tying G. Ott Romney for third all-time career wins.
-BYU now leads the all-time series with UTEP by a 41-25 advantage. Last season the Cougars defeated the Miners in El Paso 83-77. The last Cougar win at home against the Miners ended at 85-64 on Feb. 27, 1999.
-The Cougars are now 37-12 as a ranked team under Rose.
-Jackson Emery passed Marty Haws (182) in total career steals with 187. He needs 9 more steals to pass Danny Ainge (195) for the BYU all-time leader in steals.
-With 25 points on the night, Fredette now has 1,846 career points, passing Jeff Chatman (1,824) and Fred Roberts (1,841) during the game for fifth-place on the BYU all-time list.
-Fredette moved up on the BYU all-time assists list with 9 on the night and 410 in his career. He passed Scott Runia (405) during the game for sixth all-time at BYU.
-With six treys on the night, Emery passed Mike Rose (163) for BYU all-time career threes with 168. He now ranks fourth all-time behind Fredette with 207.
-Down 17-6 to start the game, a 16-2 run led by Fredette hitting 3-of-3 treys and a dunk gave the Cougars the lead at 22-19 with 7:06 left in the half.
-Grabbing the steal and dunking it at the buzzer, Davies put the score at 39-26 going into the locker rooms.
-Down by 11 in the first six minutes of the game, the Cougars came back with an 11-point lead at 1:05 (37-26). The Cougars would go on to establish a final 21-point lead.
-Randy Culpepper of UTEP came into the game leading the Miners with 19.8 ppg on the season, the Cougars shutting him down with only four points on the night. He fouled out with 10:45 left in the game.
-The Cougars made 17-straight free throws against the Miners (record is 24).
BYU Head Coach Dave Rose
“We got some really, really good plays from our two senior guards tonight. I’m really proud of how Jimmer and Jackson handled all the different situations. It’s a challenge to be really aggressive, but be patient. We had a tough time getting started, but Jackson and Jimmer really led us through.
“After the first eight or nine minutes, we started rebounding the ball really well and it helped us get some baskets."
“It’s a good team. I’m really impressed with UTEP. They have long, athletic, really skilled players.”
UTEP Coach Tim Floyd
“I thought we lost our poise. To lose it, you had to have it and we did at the beginning of the game.”
On Jimmer Fredette:
“He is a terrific player. He is able to create plays for himself. He doesn’t strictly use his right hand like many people think.”
“It was a good game. We just could not get back in it.”