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.