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Fredette's the man, but BYU Cougars a solid team

Fredette's the man, but BYU Cougars a solid team

By Matt Hopkins, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Dec. 3, 2010 at 5:41 p.m.



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PROVO -- This BYU Cougars team (7-0) is causing nightmares for opponents. The Creighton Bluejays thought that if they could shut down Jimmer Fredette than they could defeat the Cougars. The team proved them wrong.

Turns out the No. 21/25 BYU Cougars can win, even when Fredette isn't the team's leading scorer.

"It was a great team win," Head Coach Dave Rose said. "You take a look at the numbers and it's amazing how we shared the ball. We had a couple guys really step up and help us rebound the ball."

Sophomore forward Brandon Davies stole the show with 24 points and six rebounds. Both Fredette and senior guard Jackson Emery ended at 13 points, with Kyle Collinsworth close behind at 12 points. The Cougars impressed with their ability to step up when the Bluejays put extra pressure on Fredette.

"We relied so much on Jimmer this weekend that it was nice to see him trust his teammates and then everybody come through," Rose said.

The Bluejays had obviously game planned for Fredette, at times assigning almost two and a half players to guard him. They were not prepared for breakout games from Davies and freshman or Kyle Collinsworth.

"He was really on a roll and they didn't have an answer for him," Rose said of Davies. "Brandon was really dialed in tonight. He was not only scoring the ball, but he was rebounding and if we get consistent play like that from him I think this team can make some real steps forward."

The Cougars needed this kind of game from Davies, as the frontcourt has been a weakness so far this season. Kyle Collinsworth also impressed with a double-double. He added 10 rebounds to his 12 points.

The Cougar defense has been a bright spot so far this season, and did not disappoint against Creighton. The Cougars won the rebounding battle again, this time by 10 and also added seven steals.

"It's just five guys that are all on the same page and we know what we need to do," Collinsworth said. "We're all playing with energy and trying to rebound, especially on the defensive end, and only give them one shot."

The Cougars will need to carry this momentum into the Energy Solutions Arena for their game Saturday against the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors (5-1), who are coming off of a heartbreaking last second loss to Cal Poly. In that game the Rainbow Warriors turned the ball over 27 times.

Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 pm at Energy Solutions Arena and can be heard on ksl.com and KSL Newsradio 102.7FM/1160AM.

Matt Hopkins

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