Jimmer Fredette didn’t need to pile on points from the foul line to score a career-high 52 in the Mountain West semifinals in Las Vegas on Friday night.
He took just one free throw while firing up 37 shots in leading No. 8 BYU to an 87-76 win over New Mexico.
The top-seeded Cougars (30-3) will try to beat San Diego State for a third time this season in tonight’s title game.
Fredette sank 22 baskets, including seven three-pointers, and broke Danny Ainge’s career scoring record at BYU. He now has 2,417 points, which is also a Mountain West record.
#1 Ohio State 67, Northwestern 61:
Jared Sullinger had 20 points and 18 rebounds as the Buckeyes (30-2) barely avoided a stunning upset, beating the Wildcats (18-13) in overtime in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals in Indianapolis. … Sullinger’s 18 rebounds fell one short of the tournament record set by Ohio State’s Greg Oden in 2007. … The Buckeyes advance to face Michigan in the semifinals.
#2 Kansas 90, Colorado 83:
Marcus and Markieff Morris pulled Kansas out of a deep early deficit to lead the Jayhawks past the Buffaloes in the Big 12 tournament semifinals in Kansas City, Mo. … Marcus totaled 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Markieff had 20 points and eight boards for Kansas (31-2), which sent Colorado off to the Pac-12 by beating them for the 45th time in 46 meetings.
#14 Louisville 83, #4 Notre Dame 77:
Preston Knowles, despite playing the final 10 minutes of regulation and overtime with four fouls, scored 20 points to rally the Cardinals (25-8) into today’s Big East tournament championship game against Connecticut, an overtime winner over Syracuse. It is the first time both Big East semifinals went to overtime. … Ben Hansbrough, the conference player of the year, was held to 13 points for the Irish (26-6), who had won 12 of 13.
#5 Duke 87, Maryland 71:
Kyle Singler scored 29 points and the Blue Devils (28-4), after star guard Nolan Smith went down with a toe injury, pulled away late to beat the Terrapins in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. … Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Smith is questionable for today’s semifinal. … Jordan Williams had 16 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Terrapins (19-14).
#6 North Carolina 61, Miami 59:
Kendall Marshall penetrated into the lane and found Tyler Zeller for a layup to beat the horn as the Tar Heels (25-6) rallied from 19 down in the second half to beat the Hurricanes in the ACC quarterfinals.
#7 San Diego State 74, UNLV 72:
Senior point guard D.J. Day, who coach Steve Fisher calls his “Most Important Player,” sank a short jumper with 4.9 seconds left to send the Aztecs (31-2) into their third matchup of the season with BYU, this time in the Mountain West title game.
Michigan State 74, #9 Purdue 56:
Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 30 points to help the resurgent Spartans (19-13) rout Purdue (25-7) in a Big Ten quarterfinal.
#21 Connecticut 76, #11 Syracuse 71:
Kemba Walker had 33 points and 12 rebounds to help the Huskies (25-9) held off the Orange in overtime in the Big East semifinals in New York. … Scoop Jardine had 20 points for fourth-seeded Syracuse (26-7), including two three-pointers at the end of regulation that sent the game to overtime. … Walker also had six steals and five assists.
#12 Florida 85, Tennessee 74:
Kenny Boynton scored 22 points, and the Gators (25-6) advanced to the SEC tournament semis in Atlanta.
Penn State 36, #13 Wisconsin 33:
Talor Battle scored nine points to lead the Nittany Lions (18-13) over the Badgers (23-8) in the lowest-scoring game in the 14-year history of the Big 10 tournament.
#15 Kentucky 75, Mississippi 66:
Doron Lamb scored 19 points and fellow freshman Brandon Knight had 17 to lead the Wildcats (23-8) past the Rebels in the SEC quarterfinals.
Dayton 68, #18 Xavier 67:
Luke Fabrizius hit two free throws with 5.8 seconds to play, and the Flyers (21-12) stunned the Musketeers (24-7) in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 tournament in Atlantic City, N.J.
#24 Temple 96, La Salle 76:
Ramone Moore scored 23 points and Khalif Wyatt had 20 to lead the Owls (25-6) in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals.
#3 Baylor 86, Kansas State 53:
Brittney Griner scored 21 points for the Bears (30-2), who advanced to play Texas A&M in the Big 12 tournament final in Kansas City, Mo.
# 8 Texas A&M 81, #21 Oklahoma 68:
Sydney Carter’s 19 points and Tyra White’s 18 propelled the Aggies.
By: Teni Sow | Senior Editor at Tambapress.com and Regular Contributor to Presspresser.com
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