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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Jimmer Fredette scored 26 points and Jackson Emery added 18 as No. 13 BYU beat San Diego State 82-68 on Wednesday night to move within a half-game of first place in the Mountain West Conference.
The Cougars (26-3, 11-2 MWC) host No. 10 New Mexico on Saturday, with the winner taking the conference lead into the season's final week.
Fredette and Emery scored three points each in a balanced 14-2 run by the Cougars midway through the second half to break open a tight game and send BYU to its 21st straight victory at home in front of a sellout crowd.
D.J. Gay scored 15 points to lead San Diego State (20-8, 9-5 MWC). The Aztecs entered with a four-game winning streak and a chance to move into a second-place tie with the Cougars.
The nation's top free-throw shooting team, BYU made 21 of 28 free throws. Fredette, who was shooting 90 percent from the line, missed five free throws. But he hit four of eight 3-pointers after being named a Naismith Trophy nominee earlier in the day.
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