Fredette, BYU and the History Books

The sportswriters were wondering, Tuesday night in the press box at the Huntmsan Center, how many records Jimmer Fredette broke. (In a humorous side note, Ute coach Jim Boylen once referred to him as “Fredett-EE.”)

Records did fall. Orvill Paller, who wrote the book “Instate Wars: Football and Basketball Between Utah State, Utah and BYU” says the 104-79 win by BYU was the largest margin of victory by a BYU team over in Utah in Salt Lake. The previous high when BYU won 73-50 on February 21, 1953.

Paller went on to note Jimmer Fredette’s 47 points against Utah is the most by a BYU
player ever against Utah, anywhere. The previous high was 35, done once in Provo and once in SLC by two different players.

And finally, the 47 points was the most points by a player from either school in a Utah-BYU game, other than Billy McGill’s 60, which he rained down on the Cougars in 1962, and Jerry Chambers’ 48 against the Cougars in 1966.

Fredette probably could have broken 50, but was taken out with 5:44 to go, reinserted with 4:14 remaining and removed again at 3:07.

Asked if he knew he was knocking on the 50-point door, Fredette said, “I kinda did at the end” and added that when he was reinserted, “I didn’t know exactly what was going on, but they did it and told me to be aggressive.”

Cougar coach Dave Rose said, “I didn’t really know how may points he had” when he was pulling Fredette in and out. Here’s guessing they both knew exactly how many points he had, but Rose was wise enough not to rub it in on the Utes by making sure Fredette scored 50 in a blowout game.

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