Jimmer Fredette

Jimmer Fredette:

Brigham Young fans swarmed Cougars sharpshooter Jimmer Fredette after he scored a school-record 49 points in a 99-69 rout of Arizona on Monday night.

One man handed his cap to Fredette and said, "Can you write '49 points' on it?"

"Sure," Fredette said. "Thanks for coming out and supporting us."

Fredette had earned his moment in the spotlight on a night the Cougars handed once-mighty Arizona its worst loss at 35-year-old McKale Center.

The junior from Glens Falls, N.Y., topped the BYU record of 47 points, set by Bob Skousen against UCLA in 1961.

He also surpassed the McKale Center record of 45 points, set by Providence's Eric Murdock on Dec. 23, 1990.

"It's an amazing feeling," Fredette said. "It's unlike any other."

Fredette shot 16 of 23 from the field and 9 of 13 from beyond the three-point arc. But it wasn't as if he was hogging the ball, because he also had a game-high nine assists.

The 6-foot-2 Fredette even grabbed seven rebounds, matching the game's leaders.

"His performance tonight was incredible," said Arizona coach Sean Miller, who compared Fredette to a former Georgia Tech and NBA star, Mark Price. "Their victory tonight was largely thanks to his play."

The Cougars (13-1) swept the Pac-10's Arizona schools by a combined 43 points. Now the question is whether this emphatic victory will raise their profile.

"I watch the ticker every night, and if I saw this score on the ticker, I'd kind of wonder what happened," BYU coach Dave Rose said.

Derrick Williams scored 17 points and Kyle Fogg had 16 for Arizona (6-6), which has dropped two December home games for the first time since 1983, when the Wildcats opened 1-6 under first-year coach Lute Olson.

After Fredette set the school mark with a three-pointer with 2:55 to play, Rose called time and removed him from the game. Fredette got a hug from his coach and a rousing ovation from the remaining Arizona partisans.

"He just has a lot of confidence and thinks everything he is putting up is going in," Rose said.

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