PROVO -- It took a while for the Jimmer Fredette Show to get started Saturday, but once it did, No. 7 BYU took control of the game and earned a hard-fought 72-59 victory over arch-rival Utah.
With Jazz star Deron Williams watching on the front row at the sold-out Marriott Center, Fredette had scored only eight points with less than 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Then Fredette exploded for 12 consecutive points to break a 48-48 tie and put the Cougars up, 60-48.
Fredette finished with a game-high 23 points while junior Charles Abouo poured in 22 points, including 17 in the first-half.
Utah's Will Clyburn scored 16 and Chris Kupets chipped in 14 off the bench.
Read the full game recap by Jeff Call here.44 comments on this story
Follow all of today's action from the Marriott Center with writer Mike Sorensen's live game blog.
Here's Dick Harmon's take on the Cougars' win over the Utes.
Cougars and Utes on the air
Utah (10-14, 3-7 MWC) at No. 7 BYU (23-2, 9-1)
Saturday, 4 p.m., Marriott Center
TV: The mtn.
Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM, 700 AM
From before the game
Jeff Call: Chapter closing in BYU-Utah hoops rivalry
Dirk Facer: Stopping Jimmer a team effort for U.