BYU basketball: Jimmer Fredette has quiet 21 points in win
Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
Fredette made 6 of 16 shots, 2 of 5 from beyond the arc and scored 7 points from the line. As far as dramatics, he had one 30-foot shot that drew a shake of the head and a smile from a referee as he turned down the court.
"I think I can make shots from out there. If they're not going to guard me, I'm going to take that shot because they'll have to defend me, and that opens it up to get the ball to the other guys," said Fredette.
After a week's worth of national media interviews, a scheduled coast-to-coast press teleconference call today, coverage by Sports Illustrated at Tuesday's game and myriad other extra demands on his time, ESPN's player of the week looked a little tired in 18-1 No. 9 BYU's 83-67 win Tuesday over the 10-12 Frogs.
"It was extra, but it was great," said Fredette. "Anytime we can get more recognition as a team, it is great." And, he wasn't tired.
Fredette missed his first free throw in 25 tries in this game. The miss came on the front end of a trip to the line late in the second half. He did make four in a row during a four-point play after a TCU technical foul just seven minutes into the second half.
TCU did a great job running their best athlete, Ronnie Moss, at Fredette and doubled him in the second half any time he had the ball in his hands.
"I just tried to contain him and frustrate him a little bit," said Moss. "Once he gets going, he's hot. He's a great player, and I enjoy playing against him."
Unlike the Utah game, Dave Rose didn't run a lot of ball screens for Fredette at the top of the key.
"We didn't need to run ball screens for me," said Fredette. "Once I got the ball in the middle and they brought two or three guys, it was just a matter of finding the open guy and they made shots.
"It's nothing different than we've been doing all season."
Fredette didn't score in the game for the first seven minutes on a spin move jumper. But as was the flow of his game Tuesday, it came in bunches. From the 13-minute mark of the first half to 10:44 on the clock, he scored 10 points, capping that spurt with a 30-foot shot.
He didn't score again until 13:53 remained in the game on a driving lay-in with Moss committing a foul. Fredette converted the charity for a 58-43 lead. That was the start of his seven-point spurt in a 65-second span that gave him 17 points.
After Fredette's spin and jump shot with 9:30 remaining in the game, the rest of his four points came at the free-throw line.
"Any time a team is going to double our best player, we've got a mismatch with numbers and we're going to attack it," said Rose.
Jimmer had 21, "but four other guys scored in double figures," said injured forward Chris Collinsworth (knee surgery), who will watch from the bench the rest of the season. "I think they're pretty good."
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