Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Fredette for 49
By Diamond Leung
BYU guard Jimmer Fredette's 49-point command performance was so masterful that Arizona coach Sean Miller couldn't help but marvel at it.
Fredette ended up setting a single-game school record and a McKale Center record for points scored, but Miller had seen enough by halftime of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
"Jimmer Fredette is someone we just don't have an answer for," Miller conceded during an interview with FOX Sports Arizona before heading into the locker room with Fredette only having scored 24 at that point.
With the game winding down, the arena was so quiet that Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star heard Miller jokingly plead with Fredette, "just pass, no more shooting."
No dice. Fredette ultimately hit a three-pointer with about three minutes remaining to make it 49 points and immediately checked out of the game to the cheers of Arizona fans.
Instead of shaking hands with Fredette after the game, Miller hugged him and added two pats on the chest.
All this on a night when BYU handed Arizona a 99-69 loss that was the Wildcats' worst in the history of playing at the McKale Center.
And why not? Fredette was worth the price of admission for all who witnessed his dominance. He went 16-of-23 from the field, including 9-of-13 from three-point range. He dished out nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds.
The 6-foot-2 junior hit 3s whenever he wanted from all over the court and hounded Arizona on defense as well, with Nic Wise being held to eight points.
It was another glorious moment for the Mountain West Conference, courtesy of a 13-1 team with a star player yet without a national ranking.
It was also another humbling experience for the Pac-10.