In the blink of an eye, Utah freshman guard Marshall Henderson became Public Enemy No. 1 in Provo.
Henderson was ejected with 34 seconds left in No. 10/12 BYU's 82-69 win over Utah on Saturday after connecting on a backhanded punch directed at BYU guard Jackson Emery.
As Emery fell to the ground, players and coaches from both teams managed to keep the fight from spreading while the 22,644 fans at the Marriott Center howled in disapproval.
The punch overshadowed another impressive effort from BYU's Jimmer Fredette, who scored 23 of his 36 points in the second half. Emery added eight points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists before the punch.
Fredette single-handedly put the Utes away, scoring 14 of BYU's final 18 points after the Utes cut the Cougar lead to four with 6:55 remaining. The 36 points mark Fredette's second-highest total of the season, trailing only his 49-point performance at Arizona in December.
BYU (21-2, 6-1 MWC) will remain in Provo to face TCU on Tuesday night.
Henderson scored 16 points and added four rebounds for the Utes before his ejection. Jay Watkins led Utah (10-11, 3-4 MWC) with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes, the most he has played in a single game this season.
According to NCAA rules , Henderson is subject to a one-game suspension for fighting. The Utes' next game takes place at home against Colorado State on Wednesday.