Fredette, who has had outrageous scoring outings away from the Marriott Center, poured in 43 points, his second time eclipsing 30 at home and first time going over 40 in Provo.
Chants of “You got Jimmered” filled the Marriott Center and Fredette received a standing ovation as he was subbed out with 21.8 seconds to play after a dazzling performance against the previously unbeaten Aztecs (20-1, 5-1 MWC).
With about twelve minutes left in the second half, BYU (20-1, 6-0) grabbed momentum in what was an otherwise close game, capped by Fredette’s 25-foot 3-point shot with the shot clock winding down. Then, as if on cue, Jackson Emery stole the ball and dunked it, bringing the crowd of nearly 23,000 to its feet. The Cougars did not trail the rest of the game.
But the star of the show was Fredette.
Jimmer revealed his box of tricks — slashing, stepping back, and hitting shots from far beyond the 3-point arc. All night, Fredette drew his defenders up with the deep shot, just to cross them over and go in for a layup.
After 20 first-half points, Fredette started the second half scoring nine points within the first five minutes, and the onslaught never let up.
At one point, Fredette scored 19 straight points for BYU.
In front of the 20-plus NBA scouts, the “Jimmer” led the Cougars to victory.
Fouls were an issue early for the BYU big men as Noah Hartsock and Brandon Davies picked up two a piece in the first half. Center James Anderson played some valuable minutes, spelling Hartsock and Davies at times. Anderson played great defense on the SDSU frontcourt, tallying five blocks and a steal.
The Cougars finished with eight steals and nine blocks.
Kawhi Leonard led the Aztecs with another double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. But his contribution wasn’t enough as SDSU pulled up short of a victory and recorded its first loss of the season.
Fredette was supported by Davies, who scored 14 points and grabbed five boards.