PROVO -- In a convincing 101-55 win over Laval Friday night the BYU Cougars showed they still have plenty of room for improvement.
At times the Cougar offense looked unstoppable then senior point guard Jimmer Fredette went to the bench. During one six minute stretch when Fredette was on the bench the Cougars scored just six points. When the All-American re-entered the game BYU scored seven points in the next thirty seconds.
The bench players did improve in the second half. Freshman G/F Kyle Collinsworth got a chance to run the offense and was able to spark some production.
"Kyle does a great job of pushing the ball," sophomore G/F Brock Zylstra said. "Everybody was looking for the extra pass; it was an amazing thing to see that everyone was unselfish."
"We just started pushing the tempo, we started wearing out the other team," Collinsworth said.
If the Cougars are going to be successful, they will need that solid, up-tempo and unselfish play, even when Fredette is off the court.
When Fredette was on the court, however, he was perfect... literally. He scored 16 points in just 17 minutes making all six of his field goal attempts, including all three shots from behind the three-point arc. He also threw in a few steals for good measure.
Jackson Emery was also stellar. He, like Fredette, had one less point than minutes played (13 points in 14 minutes), was 5-6 from the field and 2-2 on three pointers.
Head coach Dave Rose was pleased with the team's effort and especially the production from the two senior guards.
"If they (Fredette and Emery) play liked they played tonight, in the short minutes they played, then we're going to be really good," Rose said. "They were the most comfortable on the floor."
The Cougars will take a week to prepare for their game against BYU-Hawai'i. The Game is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5 in Provo.