LAS VEGAS -- Nothing says "Welcome back, Jimmer Fredette" like a 45-point outing.
It came during a 95-85 win in which BYU struggled in guarding a hot-shooting TCU team, trailed at the half and lost starting guard Tyler Haws to an eye injury.
As the BYU fan in the building wearing the T-shirt asked, "What would Jimmer do?
Put on a show by smashing the Mountain West Conference tournament single-game record and threaten his own school-record of 49 points set earlier this season.
Perhaps of greater importance to a team that hopes to make a run in the NCAA tournament was that Fredette was seen smiling again, pumping his fists, and of course, making buckets.
That's in stark contrast to games since the explosion against Arizona that was followed up by bouts with strep throat, mononucleosis and a stomach virus. The image of Fredette was of him on the bench looking tired, and even worse, unhappy.
Tonight, he went 10-for-23 from the field, making an amazing 23-of-24 free throws.
"I've seen Shaq get fouled a lot, but he hasn't made as many as Jimmer," teammate Jackson Emery mused.
If Fredette had made more than 2 of his 10 attempts from 3-point range, he might have gone for 50. He settled for putting up the third-most points in a single game in school history.
In other words, he's back.