National Player of the Year candidate Jimmer Fredette hit a three-point basket with just three seconds left to force overtime in the Cougar Tipoff Wednesday night.
Fredette led the White Team to a 62-56 overtime win over the Blue Team with a game high 26 points.
The White trailed 52-49 when Jimmer launched his game-tying shot with Jackson Emery in his face.
After some debate among players and coaches it was decided that the two squads would play a two-minute overtime.
Brandon Davies chipped in 13 points, including five in the brief overtime session, to help push the White Team to the win. Davis also led the White with eight rebounds.
Junior guard/forward Charles Abouo led the Blue Team with 19 points. He also pulled down five boards and came away with two steals.
Sophomore and recently returned missionary Chris Collinsworth scored 11 points for the Blue and had eight rebounds.
Here’s a fan’s video of Jimmer’s shot to tie the game.
A few observation from Wednesday’s Tipoff event:
Charles really stood out in this game. He looks as if he may well be poised to take his game to the next level. He played on the Cote d’Ivoire National Team at the FIBA World Championships this past summer and it appears as if he has really grown from playing on a world stage and facing some of the world’s best players. He scored 19 points in a win over Puerto Rico.
Chris appears to still be shaking off some rust from his mission at this point, but he demonstrated good hustle and work ethic. It looks like the weight he has gained hasn’t really slowed him down. It looks like his body has just gone through a natural maturing process. He should be a solid contributor this season.
The younger Collinsworth was impressive tonight as well. You can tell he loves to take the ball to the hole and is a relentless attacker of the rim. He and Abouo were locked up in battles throughout the night, and the freshman held his own pretty well against the powerful and improved Abouo. Kyle was 3-3 from the field for six points including a nice dunk coming off a drive along the baseline.
Anderson had a good night and it looks as though he has improved his game, as well. He scored 10 points and recorded four rebounds for the Blue Team. He also bothered Brandon Davies defensively throughout the scrimmage. Anderson may be able to be more of a contributor this year.
Rogers came off the bench in the first half and promptly drained a three pointer that he was fouled on. He converted the free throw for a four-point play. He ended up 1-3 from the arc and played just 14 minutes after apparently twisting an ankle or knee in the second half.
Rogers is the one guy that may be able to come in and give the Cougars the kind of streaky outside threat that Jonathan Tavernari provided over the past few years. Stephen is a much longer player than Tavernari.
Fredette scored 26 seemingly effortless points in 32 minutes, including several patented contorted drives to the hoop and hitting 3-5 from the 3-point line. The glaring question on this team is what will the Cougars do when Fredette goes to the bench? There is going to be a big drop off when Jimmer is not on the court. BYU will really miss Micheal Lloyd Jr. this year.