Jimmer Fredette and BYU Beat San Diego State at Their Own Game
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Steve Fisher is an excellent basketball coach. I mean, you're bound to pick up a few things in 31 years of coaching, right? After all, he had his San Diego State Aztecs at 20-0 and sitting at No. 4 in the country.
So what did the veteran of all veterans have to say after the Aztecs experienced their first loss of the season Wednesday night in Provo?
He wasn't referring to the team's accommodations at the Provo Marriott or even the quality of sleep he'd gotten the night before.
Fisher's game plan for the Cougars was spot on. The Aztecs were able to keep Dave Rose's boys from running and gunning and getting into their deadly rhythm on transition offense.
The Aztecs out rebounded the Cougars. Kawhi Leonard, despite having an IV shortly before tip off, notched another double-double and the Aztecs played their game the way they like to play it.
The difference? Jimmer "Sensational" Fredette.
With the eyes of the entire college basketball nation set squarely on No. 32, he put on a show not soon to be forgotten. Fredette dropped 43 points on 14-of-24 from the floor, 10-of-11 from the line and four rebounds.
The Aztecs tried everything, from the speedy D.J. Gay, to the physical Billy White, but Fredette was unstoppable.
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Scoring the Cougars' last 15 points in the first half and hitting everything from soft-touch floaters to three pointers shot from the parking lot, Jimmer accounted for over 60 percent of the Cougar offense in a performance that many are now speculating will seal his fate as National Player of the Year.
He delivered in a manner that every coach wants his star to deliver. He simply took over the game when he needed to and never looked back until police escorted him out of the Marriott Center.
On a rare cold night shooting from Jackson Emery, Noah Hartsock and Kyle Collinsworth, Fredette more than made up the difference.
In case you haven't picked up on it by now, this BYU team is for real. Fredette's status is reaching that of which legends are made and the Cougar bandwagon has a full head of steam.
I'm calling it right now: Mountain West Conference Champions and Elite 8 in March.
That would be just sensational.
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