BYU-San Diego State: Fredette's 33 Leads Cougars Past Aztecs

David MortimerContributor IIJanuary 24, 2010

LAS VEGAS - MARCH 13:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars protects the ball from Lorrenzo Wade #31 of the San Diego State Aztecs during a semifinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball Championships at the Thomas & Mack Center March 13, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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After the San Diego State Aztecs allowed BYU guard Jimmer Fredette to score 28 points on their home court last season, then-Aztec forward Lorrenzo Wade was not amused.

"There is no excuse to let Jimmer Fredette come in here and score 28 points," Wade said after the game. "That’s impossible."

If Wade thought 28 was impossible, who knows what he would think about 33?

No. 13/14 BYU needed all 33 of Fredette's points to snag a 71-69 win over San Diego State in the Viejas Center. Fredette shot 11-of-19 from the field, including five three-pointers, and made all six of his free throw attempts. His last two free throws, with 4.6 seconds remaining, sealed the Cougar victory.

Fredette and freshman Tyler Haws were the only Cougars to finish in double figures in scoring. Haws made each of his first four shots before ending with 17 points.

After trailing by a point at halftime, the Aztecs took the lead during a five-minute scoreless stretch by BYU. SDSU guard D.J. Gay scored seven of his 12 points during the stretch before the Cougars responded with a 15-0 run of their own to permanently regain the lead.

Freshman forward Kawhi Leonard led San Diego State (14-6, 3-3 MWC) with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Aztecs have a week to rest before hitting the road to face Colorado State.

BYU (20-1, 5-0 MWC) became the first team in Division 1 to reach 20 wins, a mark they reached for the fifth consecutive season under head coach Dave Rose. The Cougars face another tough road test Wednesday at New Mexico.