BYU's Jimmer Fredette Scores 52 Points and Exacts Revenge on New Mexico

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 10:  Jimmer Fredette #32 of the Brigham Young University Cougars brings the ball up the court against the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs during a quarterfinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 10, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. BYU won 64-58.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Jimmer Fredette just keeps adding to his National Player of the Year resume.  Tonight, he scored a school record 52 points against the only Mountain West team that has beaten the Cougars this year.

New Mexico was 2-0 against Jimmer and company before tonight's game.  Fredette scored 65 points in those two games, but the Lobos found a way to shut down everyone else.

They followed the same game plan tonight, and executed it pretty well.  Unfortunately for New Mexico, Jimmer simply refused to lose this game.

With BYU missing its best big man following the suspension of Brandon Davies, the team has looked like a shell of its former self lately.

If they want to make any kind of noise in the NCAA tournament, they'll almost certainly need a few more 40-50 point explosions from Jimmer.

No matter how the season ends for the team, Fredette almost certainly wrapped up college basketball's top individual honor with tonight's awe-inspiring performance.

He put up a ridiculous 33 points on 20 shots in the first half (and got there without taking a single free throw).  In typical Jimmer fashion, he was hitting shots from all over the floor.

The pace for both teams slowed significantly in the second half, but the nation's leading scorer still poured in another 19 points on his way to multiple BYU records.

As I mentioned before, his 52 points are the most any BYU player has ever scored in a single game.  He also passed Cougar legend Danny Ainge as the program's all-time leading scorer.

Some critics will say that Fredette hasn't played good enough competition to deserve the award given to the nation's best player, but the Mountain West had the highest conference RPI for much of the season (they're now down to fourth).

Plus, Jimmer has had some of his finest performances against the teams that were supposed to possess the kind of athleticism that would expose him.

Most notable of course, was his 43 point game against San Diego State on January 26.

When the award is announced, the name we'll hear will be Jimmer Fredette.  If there was any doubt before tonight, it should now be long gone.