Sometimes a performance is so good it deserves it's own edition of Mashups.
Just when we thought Jimmer Fredette couldn't wow us anymore, the BYU senior goes ahead and turns in perhaps his greatest performance in a Cougar uniform.
By now you know the damage: 33 first-half points, 52 for the night on 22-of-37 shooting, 7 three-pointers. It ties the season high for points in a game by a Division 1 player, is the highest point total in a conference tournament game in since 2003 and oh yea, along the way he surpassed Danny Ainge as BYU's all-time leading scorer. All in a day's work.
Continue on after the jump for plenty of other reactions to this historic performance.
Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune: "The best show in town wasn't on the famed Las Vegas Strip on Friday night. In perhaps the greatest performance of his remarkable All-America career, Jimmer Fredette broke conference, school and arena single-game scoring records - not too mention BYU's all-time scoring record - in front of a sellout crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center. The senior guard, perhaps solidifying his standing as the frontrunner for national player of the year honors, erupted for 52 points as the BYU Cougars throttled New Mexico 87-76 in a Mountain West Conference tournament semifinal game..."It proved we're a good team," coach Dave Rose said. And one with a sensational player, a player who had the pro-BYU crowd chanting "You Got Jimmered" at the end of the game as Rose took Fredette out with 16 seconds remaining to a deafening roar of approval from the appreciative crowd."
James Rayburn of the Deseret News: "Look no further than Jimmer Fredette's record-setting performance in pinpointing why BYU finally beat the New Mexico Lobos to advance to the Mountain West Conference Tournament finals. Fredette hit 22-of-37 shots in scoring a BYU-record 52 points, with 33 of those points coming in the opening 20 minutes. Ironically, Fredette shot a season-low one free throw. As good as Fredette was, there were other critical numbers that keyed BYU's pull-away-late win. The Lobos led seven times and stayed close for 30 minutes until BYU's quick-reacting zone defense forced New Mexico into 15 turnovers, which resulted in BYU scoring 24 points off those turnovers. The Cougars also had nine timely steals, which helped them to 14 fast-break points. Jackson Emery had five steals himself and Charles Abouo added two. The Cougars also held New Mexico to 43 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes."
Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune: "Just when Jimmer Fredette seemingly was fading, when continually carrying the BYU Cougars was looking like too much to ask of him, he delivered a performance that made everything else in his glorious career seem like just a warm-up. His 52-point effort against New Mexico was remarkable, even for him. Start with how BYU needed almost all of that scoring from him in an 87-76 victory in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center. Consider also that only one of those points came via a free throw. Then, mix in the lifetime achievements - a career-high game, while Fredette overtook Danny Ainge as BYU's all-time scoring leader - and his sense of the moment, and you have a Las Vegas production that validated everything this guy has done in four seasons of college basketball. Only Jimmer could need 50 points to top both himself and Ainge on the same night, and make it all happen in a meaningful game for his 30-3 team."
AP Recap via SI.com: "Jimmer Fredette didn't need to pile on points from the foul line to score a career-high 52 in the Mountain West Conference semifinals Friday night. He took just one free throw while firing up 37 shots from all over the floor in leading No. 8 BYU to an 87-76 win over nemesis New Mexico. "That's the way they called it," Fredette said. "I was just fortunate enough to be making shots."... Fredette sank 22 buckets, including seven 3-pointers, and in the process broke Danny Ainge's career scoring record at BYU. He now has 2,417 points, which is also a Mountain West Conference record. "He's very special, everyone knows that. The country knows that," said Lobos coach Steve Alford, himself a prolific scorer at Indiana in his day. "Special players can have special evenings like this, especially in March. He had one of 'em. He took great shots. He got into rhythm." And yet, it honestly wasn't a one-man show. "Jimmer had one of those real special offensive nights that kind of kept a lot of energy with our team," BYU coach Dave Rose said. "But you watch it, it's amazing how you can have a team win, as big a team win as this is with one player scoring 52 points. The steals by Jackson Emery, the rebounds by Kyle (Collinsworth), the toughness from Noah Hartsock, Charles Abouo, filling up the stat sheet like they did, it's a great team win.'"
Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com: "Walker's 33 at MSG was the biggest story of the night ... right up until Jimmer Fredette dropped 33 on New Mexico in the first half and finished with a career-high 52 in BYU's 87-76 win in the Mountain West semifinals. The CBSSports.com National Player of the Year was -- ready for this? -- 22-of-37 from the field, and only one of his points came on a free throw. If the members of the Selection Committee want to do the nation a favor, they'll put BYU and UConn in the same region and give us a possible Jimmer vs. Kemba matchup two weekends from now."
Jeremy Mauss of Mountain West Connection: "Jimmer Fredette is back! Well in the terms of going off offensively again. Fredette dropped 52 points on the New Mexico Lobos tonight which tied Providence's Marshon Brooks for the most points this year. The amazing thing about the game was that Fredette shot only one free throw tonight; his line read 22-of-37 from the field and 7-of-14 from behind the three-point arc. That is a drastic improvement over his 7-21 shooting against TCU. Fredette scored 33 of his 52 pointsin the first half. Fredette's 52 were more points by either Penn State or Wisconsin who played to a 36-33 snooze fest earlier tonight."
Wheatie_87 of Vanquish The Foe: "52 points. 1 free throw attempted. 2 rebounds. 4 assists. Breaks BYU single game scoring record held by himself. Outscored Kemba Walker in one half. Outscored Penn State and Wisconsin. That is all."