Brigham Young vs Vermont

Fredette carries BYU past Vermont in hometown trip wire reports

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Jimmer Fredette recognized the faces as he scanned the sellout crowd: the friends, the former teammates, the family members who have always been in his corner.

Then he gave them exactly what they came for.

Returning to this city of 14,000, Fredette scored 26 points to lift No. 18 BYU past Vermont 86-58 on Wednesday night.

"You remember all the days that you went through with your friends and family to be in this situation," the senior guard and AP Preseason All-America said. "I really love it here and it's always been close to my heart."

Fredette made his first three shots and led the Cougars in scoring for the eighth time in their nine victories to open the season. He was 9 of 19 from the field, and the Cougars shot 56 percent overall.

Vermont had to contend with a partisan crowd speckled with red, the color of Glens Falls High School, which fell in the Class A state title game in this building in 2007. Fredette was 3 of 24 from the field in that game.

This time, he got a better ending.

Fredette's three-point play with 8:23 remaining put the Cougars up by 20 points, but it was his behind-the-back assist to Kyle Collinsworth on the next trip down court that electrified the crowd.

"I wanted to give the fans a little bit of a show," Fredette said.

After playing 34 minutes, Fredette left to an extended standing ovation to cap a night that wasn't always a certainty. BYU had struggled to schedule the homecoming contest some 2,200 miles from home before City Hall got involved.

"Jimmer was terrific. I've been through quite a few homecomings as a coach and this is the most unique," BYU's Dave Rose said. "But that just goes to Jimmer and how special a player he's been."

Noah Hartsock had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Brandon Davies added 12 points for the Cougars (9-0).

Brendan Bald scored 14 points for the Catamounts (6-2), who scored the opening basket but never held another lead. Evan Fjeld, who had been averaging 21 points for Vermont, was held to eight points on 3-of-10 shooting in 31 minutes.

Vermont had been off to its best start since 1956.

"I'm glad that's over," Vermont coach Mike Lonergan said. "I had a bad feeling even in practice last night. But I'd rather be here than in some low-level Division I game in front of 400 people on the road."

BYU used a 14-4 run to take a 38-25 halftime lead.

Despite hitting six 3s, Vermont struggled from the field, shooting 35 percent.

BYU, which scored 15 points on the fastbreak, used a 14-4 run to take a 38-25 halftime lead.

Former BYU great and current Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was part of a standing room only crowd that took in the "Hometown Classic," the biggest sporting event in this city in some time.

Ainge is still No. 1 on BYU's all-time scoring list. Fredette moved up to eighth.

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Brigham Young #18 (9-0) «384886
Vermont (6-2)253358
BYU:J. Fredette 26 Pts
BYU:N. Hartsock 13 Reb
BYU:J. Fredette 5 Ast
UVM:B. Bald 14 Pts
UVM:E. Fjeld 9 Reb
UVM:E. Fjeld 3 Ast

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Brigham YoungVermont
Jimmer Fredette
Brendan Bald
Brigham Young Cougars
N. Hartsock, F366-82-2131214
J. Fredette, G349-196-605026
J. Emery, G295-80-054411
B. Davies, F285-72-312312
K. Collinsworth, G221-20-03322
C. Abouo, G-F224-70-062111
S. Rogers, F82-40-01106
J. Anderson, F-C70-01-22031
N. Martineau, G60-00-00000
L. Magnusson, F51-30-03203
B. Zylstra, G-F30-10-02000
C. Collinsworth, FDid Not Play
A. Winder, GDid Not Play
Totals 33-5911-1336201586
Vermont Catamounts
E. Fjeld, F312-71-39335
M. Glass, F302-114-541310
B. Voelkel, F273-102-47348
B. Bald, G236-150-010014
S. Marsalis, G100-00-01100
J. Accaoui, G305-90-011312
G. Kissel, F163-51-45037
L. Apfeld, F150-00-02010
S. Carissimo, G150-30-01010
P. Bergmann, F-C20-02-21002
C. Rugg, F10-00-00000
B. Crenca, F-CDid Not Play
J. Elbaum, GDid Not Play
R. McKeaney, FDid Not Play
Totals 21-6010-183291858
West Coast
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
St. Marys16-226-316
San Fran.10-820-1194
Santa Clara10-816-15147
San Diego6-1213-17191

America East
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Stony Brook12-417-12168
New Hamp.10-619-11152
UMass Lowell5-1111-20300
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NOVA 65 Final
Penn 53
Del St 42 Final
Minn 83 Final
St Joe's 73
San Fran 35 Final
Louisville 61
Frl Dksn 54 Final
UConn 78
OAK 63 Final
Illinois 74
BRAD 48 Final
VANDY 82 Final
Missouri 85
ND 58 Final
Kentucky 72
Boise St 72 Final
SDSU 77 Final
California 57