Game analysis: As Reggie Witherspoon said, Jimmer Fredette is a bad dude. The BYU All-American guard had six points by halftime and finished with 34 as the No. 16 ranked Cougars defeated the Bulls, 90-82.
Why UB lost: The Bulls played well enough to overcome Fredette’s offense, but the turnovers (20) and offensive rebounds (13) were way too high to beat a quality team like BYU.
Turning point: UB trailed 68-65 after a Zach Filzen three-pointer but the momentum shifted quickly after the Bulls Jawaan Alston was whistled for an intentional foul on Brandon Davies. He made both free throws and after the Cougars got the ball back, Fredette missed a jumper that was tipped in by Davies and BYU led 72-65. Byron Mulkey’s layup pulled the Bulls within five but they never got closer.
Player of the game: Fredette also shot 11 of 24 and handed out six assists.
Stat of the game: BYU shot 60.7 percent from the floor in the second half.
He said it: “He’s a bad dude.’’ – UB coach Reggie Witherspoon on Jimmer Fredette.
What it means: Not a bad showing against one of the top teams in the country. The problem with UB, however, has always been building some kind of success off a loss to a quality opponent.
In the house: The official attendance reads 5,803 but there wasn’t any seats left so 6,100 it is.
Next up: The Bulls play at Cornell on Monday.