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Jimmer Fredette Shines as BYU Grinds out the win against Wofford

March 17, 2011

Jimmer continues to impress as the pressure builds.

This game played out as most games do when one team is ultimately better than the other.  Wofford kept it close for most of the game, but ultimately BYU, as the better team, pulled away.

Now before people start crying about how it was only Wofford, just think back, and you are probably the same people that said BYU would lose to Wofford because they are a one man team.

First of all I have to make one comment about how terrible the officiating was in this game, on both sides of the court.  It has been bad in every game I watched today, but this game seemed exceptionally bad.

That being said BYU found a way to overcome serious foul trouble with an already shortened bench to move on to the next round.  It was the kind of win that heartens me as we move on to the next game.

They were hustling for balls, and really scrapping to get everything they could in any way that they could.  This was another team effort as you look back at the whole game, and there is no other way they would have won.

Collinsworth with 11 rebounds, and Magnusson with 7 made a huge difference in this game.  You can also look at the 10 big points from Charles Abouo who played limited minutes because of foul trouble (two of which were total garbage calls).

Maybe the biggest contribution that will get overlooked, as it usually does, was the work done by Jackson Emery.  He played some amazing defense for the entire game.  He only had two steals, but he stopped more drives by getting in front of his man than I can count.

We all know who the star is on this team, but Jackson has been the perfect compliment to Jimmer their entire careers.

Dave Rose has been blessed to have two players that perfectly compliment each other.

Speaking of Jimmer, he had another stellar night despite a relatively slow first half.  He put up another solid 32 points while also dishing 7 assists, for those of you that think all he does is shoot.

Early on it seemed as though they were almost avoiding going to Jimmer which resulted in lower numbers than you might expect from him. 

However, in true Jimmer form he lit it up the second half with his amazing drives to the lane, and a couple of beautiful threes.  He did take a few ill advised shots, but I will take a few of those with as many as he does make.

His greatest contribution was those seven assists as he really did a lot to get his teammates involved.  This will become even more vital if they are going to succeed in future games.  While they will still not have the inside presence that Davies brought, they can make up for that by simply spreading the scoring around.

I wasn’t so sure about how I would feel going into the second round, but watching the game today gave me hope that BYU can make a solid run. 

Man I love this time of year!

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