Call it a vintage Jimmer performance.
Jimmer Fredette scored a game-high 41 points as Team Fredette beat Fort Wayne Champs 104-91 in the Super 16 of The Basketball Tournament on Friday night to advance to Sunday's quarterfinals.
That came after the former BYU guard scored just two points in the first quarter and the Champs, who led by as many as 15 points early, used some hot shooting — 69.2 percent — to build a 34-20 lead through one quarter at Georgia State's Sports Arena in Atlanta.
That's when Team Fredette took over, using a 22-3 run to capture the lead. Team Fredette then scored 16 of the final 18 points in the third quarter to blow the game open.
"We got stops, we rebounded, and we got out in transition and got easy buckets. We were making our 3s, moving the ball," Fredette told ESPN postgame about how his team was able to take control. "When you’ve got guys who are big that can make buckets, it opens up everything for me and Jeff (Ledbetter), who shot the ball great tonight."
Fredette hit 13 of 21 shots from the field, knocking down 6 of 11 3-pointers, and made 9 of 10 free throws. In the second half, Fredette was 9 of 11 from the floor and scored 25 points.
In addition, Fredette had eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Ledbetter also came up big for Team Fredette, pouring in 17 points off the bench while hitting 5 of 8 3-point attempts.
When Ledbetter and Fredette hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the third quarter, the first coming after a monstrous block from former BYU big man Brandon Davies, it gave Team Fredette its first double-digit lead, at 79-68, and sparked a run.
“All the credit to Jeff tonight. He was huge, really, really big for us in the second and third quarters. Great job by him,” Fredette told ESPN.
Team Fredette scored 30 points off 15 Fort Wayne turnovers, while also holding the Champs to three second-half 3-pointers, all late in the game, after Fort Wayne hit six in the first half. Julian Mavunga hit five 3-pointers and led the Champs with 23 points, four assists and two blocks.72 comments on this story
Team Fredette hit 13 of 28 3-pointers as a team, making a combined 10 of 16 in the second and third quarters.
Davies added 11 points, seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two assists for Team Fredette, while recent addition Jack Cooley — a former Utah Jazz big man — had eight points, three rebounds and a steal in his first TBT game.
With the win, Team Fredette advances to Sunday’s quarterfinals against Scarlet & Gray, a team comprised mainly of Ohio State alumni, which was a 72-60 winner over Primetime Players. The 1 p.m. MDT game will be televised on ESPN.