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Fredette and supporting cast bury UNLV again, 78-64, in Provo

BYU star guard only scores six field goals, but finishes with 29 points; UNLV dropped to 5-4 in MWC play

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BYU Jimmer Fredette yells at his bench after feeding teammate Stephen Rogers for two points as UNLV’s Anthony Marshall and Carlos Lopez head back to their bench for a time out during their game Saturday, February 5, 2011 at BYU in Provo. BYU won 78-64.

Updated Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 | 3:05 p.m.

UNLV vs. BYU Basketball 2-5-11

UNLV guard Anthony Marshall heads towards the bench during a time out in their game against BYU Saturday, February 5, 2011 at BYU in Provo. BYU won 78-64. Launch slideshow »

Final, BYU wins, 78-64

PROVO, Utah — UNLV didn't get a heavy dose of Jimmer Fredette, but the Rebels were instead beaten mostly by the BYU star's supporting cast.

Fredette scored 29 points and became the Mountain West's all-time scoring leader in the process, but 15 points from Jackson Emery and an unexpected 12 from reserve forward Stephen Rogers helped do UNLV in in 78-64 fashion.

Saturday's loss at the Marriott Center drops UNLV to 17-6 overall and 5-4 in the Mountain West, while No. 8 BYU is now 22-2 and 8-1, respectively.

Anthony Marshall was the only Rebel to have a strong all-around game, scoring 16 points to go with 11 rebounds, four assists and four steals. He helped in the effort to defend Fredette, which wasn't bad for much of the game. Most of the All-American guard's damage was done at the free throw line, where he was 16-of-16. Fredette only scored six field goals on the afternoon.

UNLV was killed by 18-of-60 shooting, including a combined 4-of-22 from Tre'Von Willis and Oscar Bellfield. The Rebels were 6-of-23 from 3-point range.

The team will fly home on Saturday night, then turn around quickly and head to Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, where they'll take on TCU.

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11:58, Second Half, BYU leads 51-42

PROVO, Utah — You've got to give UNLV a bit of credit for fighting back yet again after falling down by 15 to BYU early in the second half.

With just under 12 minutes left, the Rebels trail the Cougars by nine, 51-42. Anthony Marshall has provided the pulse here in the second half for UNLV, as he's so far posted 13 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Back in the game now for UNLV is Carlos Lopez, who surprisingly came back after hurting his right hand in the first half. He has his index and middle fingers on his right hand taped together, but since coming back scored off of a beautiful spin move between two defenders and also provided a block.

UNLV is still getting open outside looks against BYU's 2-3 zone defense, but needs to get hot soon. Oscar Bellfield has been cold most of the night and could use a couple of makes in the worst way.

Halftime, BYU leads 38-27

PROVO, Utah — Jimmer Fredette isn't killing UNLV with his ability to drain 25-foot 3-pointers, but instead with his efficiency at the free throw line.

Fredette leads all scorers so far with 13 points, but is just 2-of-6 from the floor and 0-for-2 from deep. He is 9-of-9 from the free throw line, hitting four technical tries and five more late in the half.

Meanwhile, UNLV is just 8-of-31 from the floor and 3-of-12 from 3-point range, having a tough time also dissecting BYU's 2-3 zone defense.

Tre'Von Willis's foul total was somewhere reduced from three to two, which means that his second call was probably changed at some point. He leads UNLV with 10 points.

What's hurting UNLV on the other end is Fredette's supporting cast. Stephen Rogers came off of the bench in place of foul-ridden Brandon Davies and got five points and four boards in just eight minutes. In that regard, it's eerily similar to UNLV's loss last year in Provo, where Fredette was slowed with mono.

It'll be interesting to see if UNLV tries to go inside-out again, especially now that Carlos Lopez appears to be done for the day with a right thumb injury suffered late in the first half.

One thing UNLV has to do is get its composure back. The Rebels are spending a lot of time arguing foul calls, and one of their two technical fouls was a result of that.

9:50, First Half, BYU leads 18-14

PROVO, Utah — Mid-way through the first half, we've already seen plenty of fireworks here at the Marriott Center.

UNLV's Quintrell Thomas and Carlos Lopez have each been called for technical fouls in a heated atmosphere, while on the other end, the Rebels haven't let Jimmer Fredette kill them to this point.

Fredette has eight points while being heavily blanketed by a series of UNLV defenders, and four of those points have come from the free throw line following the techs.

UNLV trails 18-14, but it could be much worse. The Rebels were down 18-8 following an 11-0 BYU run, which included seven free throws and a couple of uncontested buckets.

Getting UNLV back into the game were 3-pointers on consecutive possessions from Tre'Von Willis and Chace Stanback, snapping a cold start for the team from the perimeter.

Willis is playing with two fouls after picking up two in the early minutes, while Brandon Davies has two for the Cougars.

Pregame

PROVO, Utah — Walk into the Marriott Center, and you quickly realize that Jimmer Fredette is basically John Lennon in these parts.

About 70 percent of the packed student section is wearing at least something Jimmer-related, and the BYU star guard even took a break from warm-ups a few minutes ago to sign some autographs.

And this will be one of his most highly-anticipated shows of the year, as he leads the No. 8 Cougars (21-2, 7-1) against UNLV (17-5, 5-3) for the second time this season today at 1 p.m.

The Marriott Center will be rocking, and it's typically spelled trouble for UNLV in recent trips up to Provo. For the foreseeable future, this is the Rebels' last trip here, with BYU headed to the WCC next season.

Fredette, as you may remember, exploded for 39 points against the Rebels on Jan. 5 in an 89-77 BYU blowout, exorcising a career filled with demons at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Here's a few key things to watch tonight in the first game of the MWC season's second half for both teams …

1) It sounds like Tre'Von Willis will defend Fredette for as long as humanly possible. How does the UNLV senior hold up? Throughout his career, he's seen more success than failure against Fredette, but in the first meeting was hampered by right knee soreness. Now he's healthier. Can he get back to being Fredette's MWC kryptonite?

2) UNLV's big men had their best game of the season against Utah on Wednesday night, with Quintrell Thomas and Carlos Lopez combining for 29 points and 25 rebounds. BYU's Brandon Davies played like a man in the first meeting with UNLV. This should be an up-and-down affair, but a good x-factor to watch is which team's big men are more productive.

3) Jackson Emery needs to have a strong offensive day for BYU to be successful, plain and simple. He did whatever he wanted to in the first meeting, scoring 22 points and hitting six trifectas. In a loss at New Mexico last Saturday, he was invisible. Superman needs a wingman.

As for a prediction, I'm giving BYU a slight edge, but my confidence in this pick is thin. I'll say Cougars, 77-72. My Pick to Click for UNLV is Anthony Marshall. His 26 points in the last meeting were no fluke. This is a good match-up for a guard with his skill set.

I'll talk to you more after tip-off. To join in the conversation below, add the #unlvmbb tag to your tweets, and also give me a follow at twitter.com/ryanmgreene for constant updates on the action here at the Marriott Center.

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  1. Awesome, 2 T's now.

  2. These new rules on technicals are simply ruining college ball.

  3. 4 on 1 fast break should never happen. Ever.

  4. Marshall was set on that "block," officials plainly call in favor of BYU. Weak.

  5. One word for UNLV's offense. PATHETIC!

  6. Glad to see the score is INCORRECT in the headline.
    17 points at the half? Now, THAT would be a disaster. As it is, it is well apparent that BYU is a better squad than UNLV right now.
    Of course, if Jimmer Fredette changed jerseys at the half, we'd be the better squad!

  7. UNLV has answer for BYU's zone. Note to the rest of the MWC. If you want to be UNLV just throw a zone on them. UNLV's answer, just swing the ball around the perimeter until somebody has an open shot. All of UNLV's players (besides Marshall) are too slow to penetrate that zone. As soon as any of them penetrate it the get stuck in a double team and turn it over. BYU has 14 pts in the transistion vs UNLV's 4. What good are all those rebounds when you turn it over every possession. And we all should have known that the play of our big men in the Utah game was too good to be true. So far our bigs have 7 pts and 6 rebounds combined.

  8. Dave Rice teachin Tark ball to BYU

  9. Mayabe now Tre is completely convinced who the better team is. Why in the world does he continue to throw up challenges in the press?

  10. Rebels played hard, rebounded well but again did not hit shots. On to TCU.

  11. The Rebels left their offense in the locker room at Louisville.

  12. @donMega Chase has been the most consistent scorer/rebounder at UNLV. UNLV's will cannot be questioned, they fought hard and rebounded really well against BYU.. what Tre said wasn't that big of a deal. the Fouls were questionable at times, but that wasn't the reason UNLV lost. 18 of 60 is what lost the game for them. you're not going to beat TCU shooting only 18 of 60.

    however, it is frustrating to watch them miss so many open shots, and layups. they need to be proactive and go looking for their offense, because right now, its winning the game of hide and seek.

  13. Pressure defense was there. Oppurtunities to close the gap were there throughout the second half. For the love of Pete, WHEN will the shooting improve?

    I saw a lack of hustle on the blown dunk/layup midway through the second half. I hope that doesnt stick.

  14. Maybe we should give BYU some credit instead of constantly tearing down our own team.. BYU's defense forced UNLV to play to our weakness. If you watched the game you saw constant double or triple teams on our bigs when they got the ball down low, and our only big capable of still scoring in that situation hurt his hand (finger?) early in the game. They also collapsed quickly on our guards when they were penetrating and tried to fill the kick out passing lanes. The way to beat UNLV is to force us to play a perimeter game, which is exactly what they did. UNLV's defense had a constant double team or help defense on Jimmer and he found a lot of open guys who knocked down shots.

    The Rebels had plenty of open looks, but most were 3 pointers for Oscar, who hasn't been the same since the injury, and for Tre who is pretty bad this year.

  15. You guys need to get a clue and realize Lon is not going to get us where we want to be. The man is just here collecting a paycheck. He hasn't don't that well anywhere and he won't do well here. He has done well establishing the program but it is time for him to go. He is a very bad recruiter and doesn't get the results that most alumni want. So i want to say good by to Kruger!!!!

  16. BYU played great ball today, and we really just were not making shots is what it boiled down to. The 2 techs were a joke, and many foul calls were ridiculous (the charge on Marshall? whoa) but if we were to make even 40-50% of our shots, the ballgame would have been much different.

  17. Blown out twice by BYU this year. Funny how BYU got better from last year and UNLV got worse. I don't understand why UNLV continues to shoot 3's all night when they are the worse 3 point shooting team in the in the MWC. 26% from downtown today! But they continue to shoot away.

    The second tech on Thomas was questionable but that first one by Lopez was legit. I have no idea why Lopez was flailing around on the ground like a little b*tch on that loose ball. He looked like a little kid on the playground who was getting his ball taken away from him. I feel like those two techs were the change in the game. That's when BYU took the lead and never looked back.

    Jasper's line again today, 0 pts, 0 assist, 0 steals, 1 rebound. Jasper has scored 4 pts in the last 4 games. Why Kruger keeps playing that kid is beyond me. And I don't want to hear all the crap about his knees because even before his knee problems last year he still wasn't that effective. Since he's been at UNLV he's average 6.7 ppg and 5 rpg. How he was rated a 4 star recruit and the ranked 38 best player in the country by Rivals is beyond me, because he sucks!

    Also, Willis needs to shut his @$$ up. He keeps talking all this crap about Fredette and doesn't back anything up. Fredette has come out and played out of his mind this year (especially against UNLV) while Willis has largely been a non factor and has regressed significantly in his game. Trevon is just jealous of Fredette because he is going to be the conference player of the year and Willis won't even make honorable mention on the all MWC secondd team. Fredette has conducted himself with class while Willis has just run his mouth. Maybe he should have focused more on his game in the offseason instead of beating up his girlfriend.

  18. This is simply BYU's year. When Fredette decided to stay, we knew they would be tough this year.

    UNLV is still a good team and under the right circumstances, they can still be pretty explosive. The MWC tourney will be interesting.

    Although I love to bad mouth BYU and cheer against them, I will miss not having them in our conference. The UNLV/BYU basketball rivalry has been a lot of fun in recent years. Not to mention, it made both schools a lot of money (note: soldout crowd)

  19. Jimmer's brother will tell you - don't get Jimmer angry. He's mild mannered on the outside but when you challenge him - he gets mad and will kill you. He will never show it until the game is in hand. Tell Willis to get on the air before the MWC tournament and broadcast that "Jimmer is the best guard in the Mountain West and probably the nation" and then UNLV might have have a chance.