In the Quaker City Tournament in Philadelphia, Nemelka helped lead the Cougars to a 99-87 win as he made 17 field goals and 6-of-8 free throws. He followed up that performance by scoring 38 points the following night in a win over Cornell.
In the 1989 season-opener, and the first game with Roger Reid as head coach, Marty Haws — the father of Tyler Haws, who played as a freshman last year for the Cougars and is currently serving a mission — had 30 points at halftime. For the game, Haws hit 16-of-19 field goals, 1-of-2 from 3-point range, and 7-of-7 free throws.
"I looked at the stats at halftime and I said, 'Thirty points?’ I was shocked," Reid said. BYU won, 83-62.
On the strength of Fairchild's performance, BYU won, 92-88, and claimed first place in the Western Athletic Conference standings. While Fairchild hit 15 field goals and was 10-of-12 from the free throw line, Arizona's Warren Rustand scored 38 points. The game was played at a sold-out Smith Fieldhouse with 10,421 in attendance.
In what stands as the highest scoring game by a BYU player at the Marriott Center, Ainge, then a sophomore, made 15-of-19 field goals and 10-of-12 free throws. The Cougars won, 120-104. Devin Durrant, then a freshman, chipped in 26.
The forward from Helsinki, Finland, was 16-of-26 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Despite Saarelainen's big night, and the fact the Cougars led by six points with 1:17 remaining, they lost to the Lobos at The Pit, 76-74.
Eastis drilled a school-record 21 field goals in this 95-67 victory over New Mexico at the Smith Fieldhouse, which gave coach Stan Watts his 200th career victory. Eastis made 21-of-34 shots from the floor. Many of his points came on his patented hook shot.
With BYU leading by just one point over TCU at halftime in last year's Mountain West Conference quarterfinals in Las Vegas, Fredette took over. He erupted for 30 second-half points to lead the Cougars to a 95-85 victory. Twenty-three of those points came at the free throw line as Fredette converted 23-of-24 from the charity stripe, which is an MWC Tournament record.
Skousen's 47-point effort stood as a school record for 48 years, until Fredette came along. Of course, in those days, there was no 3-point line, though Skousen nailed numerous shots that would have been worth three points today. He scored 24 in the first half and 23 in the second half at the Smith Fieldhouse, hitting 19-of-35 field goals and 9-of-11 free throws in an 86-83 win over the Bruins.
In the first half, Fredette scored 32 points, with the final three coming on a 40-foot shot at the buzzer. He knocked down 16-of-28 shots from the floor, hit 6-of-9 from 3-point range and made all nine of his free throw attempts in leading the Cougars to their most lopsided victory over the arch-rival Utes in Salt Lake City, 104-79.
"The basket got a little bit bigger, especially in that first half," Fredette said. "It was just one of those special nights that you have, that our team had, so it's one we'll never forget."
Fredette broke a school record that had stood for 48 years — as well as a McKale Center record — with 49 points on 16-of-23 shooting from the field, including 9-of-13 from 3-point territory, and 8-for-9 from the free throw line.
"He thinks everything he throws up there is going to go in," BYU coach Dave Rose said afterward.