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Rapid Reaction: BYU 74, Wofford 66

3/18/2011

DENVER -- BYU pulled away from a scrappy Wofford team late in the game, 74-66 to advance. The Cougars were led by Jimmer Fredette's 32 points and seven assists, as the national player of the year candidate could not be stopped by the Terriers. Noah Dahlman scored 22 points for Wofford, but the Terriers struggled to get offense out of their backcourt.

Turning point: BYU forward Charles Abouo scored eight straight points in a run that gave the Cougars a 14-point lead with 3:47 left. Wofford had been hanging around up until then, but couldn’t recover after Abouo went to work.

Key player: Fredette was 10-for-25 from the field, and despite struggling from beyond the arc, (2 of 9), he got to the line for 12 free throw attempts.

Key stat: Wofford’s three starting guards -- Jamar Diggs, Cameron Rundles and Brad Loesing -- went a combined 13-for-38 from the field. BYY got a good defensive game from freshman Kyle Collinsworth, who had four steals.

Miscellaneous: BYU once again showed it’s a team of more than just Fredette, and with the win, they won a game without Brandon Davies against a team with Dahlman as an excellent post presence. Abouo and Noah Hartsock had 10 points and five rebounds apiece. James Anderson was saddled with foul trouble and sent to the bench after picking up his third foul on a technical.

What’s next: BYU moves on to play the winner of tonight’s St. John’s-Gonzaga game, and the Cougars are one win away from their first Sweet 16 appearance in 30 years.