Jimmer Fredette Scores 52 Points, BYU Tops New Mexico In MWC Semifinal

Jimmer Fredette scored 52 points as BYU avenged two losses to New Mexico.

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Jimmer Fredette Scores 52 Points As BYU Tops New Mexico In Mountain West Semifinals

Jimmer Fredette was on fire in BYU's Mountain West Tournament semifinals, pouring in 52 points to singlehandily carry BYU to a 87-76 win over New Mexico. Fredette hit 22-37 from the field and 7-14 from three-point range, breaking Danny Ainge's career BYU scoring record in the process.

Fredette needed to put in that kind of transcendent performance to allow BYU to hold off a strong New Mexico team. The Lobos defeated BYU, 82-64, 10 days ago, in BYU's first game without big man Brandon Davies, and also topped them back on January 29. Those were BYU's only losses in Mountain West play, and Ferdette made sure it would not happen again.

Fredette took 54 percent of his team's shots, and without Davies, that's the only way BYU can win. Thankfully for the Cougars, Fredette certainly had it going in this one. BYU moves on to play the winner of the second semifinal between San Diego State and UNLV. 


Jimmer Fredette Scores 33 In The First Half As BYU Leads New Mexico, 47-44

Jimmer Fredette is on fire in the MWC Tournament semifinals, torching New Mexico for 33 points in the first half. Fredette has been hitting from all over the court, connecting on 15 of 21 shots including 5-8 from beyond the arc. Despite his outburst, the Cougars hold a slim lead over the Lobos, 47-44. BYU lost to the Lobos just over a week ago following the suspension of Brandon Davies.

It's been all Jimmer, all the time for BYU as he's accounted for more than half the Cougars shots thus far. Noah Hartsock and Kyle Collinsworth have five points, with two other players adding two.

New Mexico has stayed in the game with a balanced scoring attack and some hot shooting of its own. In the first half, the Lobos shot 52.9 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc. A.J. Hardeman led the way with 10 points, Dairese Gary had nine and Phillip McDonald had eight points in the half.

Will it be the outstanding efforts of Fredette or the team effort of New Mexico that prevails in the MWC semifinals. Stay with our StoryStream for updates from the game and Fredette's torrid scoring pace.

For more on the Cougars, check out SB Nation's Vanquish the Foe.

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