Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
After scoring a school-record 49 points in BYU's blowout win over Arizona in Tucson last December, Fredette burned the Wildcats for 33 points Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena in the Cougars' 87-65 win.
"I don't know if it's anything against Arizona, but it just happened to be another good night and we were fortunate to come out with another big win," Fredette said.
Twenty of Fredette's points came in the first half. He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and dished out three assists.
"We knew they were going to come out and be ready to play, and so we needed to exceed their energy, and we did that," Fredette said.
The No. 18 Cougars are now 10-0, while Arizona drops to 8-2. Next up for BYU is another Pac-10 foe when the Cougars play UCLA next Saturday at the John Wooden Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
Even though Fredette had another masterful game, BYU's win was far from a Fredette-only show.
"This was as good of team win as I think maybe we've had this season," BYU coach Dave Rose said.
Freshman guard Kyle Collinsworth scored 12 points — eight in the second half — and sophomore center Brandon Davies scored 11 in only 13 minutes. The supporting points, however, don't really account for the value BYU's reserves had in keeping loose balls alive and in helping the Cougars out rebound (38-34) an Arizona team that entered the contest besting opponents by more than 12 boards per game. The Cougars also had seven blocks to one for Arizona.
"We all work hard, we're all in it together and we all help each other out," Davies said.
What really makes BYU's supporting-cast effort impressive from Saturday's win is that it came with starting forward Chris Collinsworth still out with an injured ankle and the fact that junior starter Noah Hartsock missed the final 33 minutes after taking a hard hit to his mouth while fighting for a rebound.
"Our bench did a great job," Fredette said. "They all did what we expected them to do, come in and give us a lift."
But still, Fredette got the whole thing kick started when he came out and drilled his first two shots — a pull up jumper and a long 3-pointer — to give BYU a 5-0 lead before fans had even settled into their seats.
"He made some tough shots. They had him corralled pretty good. Plus that gave us a lot of confidence, so it was a great start," Rose said.
After a Davies' hook and a layup by Fredette, the Cougars were up 12-4. Arizona closed to within 14-10 on a big-time alley-oop dunk by power forward Derrick Williams.
The next six minutes, however, belonged to BYU as the Cougars scored 14 straight points to march out to a 28-10 lead. All five Cougars scored in the run.
"We got so many contributions from so many people," Rose said.
Arizona finally ended the streak when Kevin Parrom hit a 3-pointer up top, which also started a 7-0 run by the Wildcats. The Cougars' 11-point lead was looking a bit shaky with Davies and Emery on the bench in foul trouble, and Hartsock in the locker room.
But instead of just surviving, the Cougars went back on attack with Fredette in charge. When he hit a high banker off the glass and popped in four straight free throws, Fredette had 20 points at the break and BYU led 44-25.
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