PROVO, Utah — Jimmer Fredette flashed his player of the year credentials as the NCAA's leading scorer helped No. 9 BYU hand No. 4 San Diego State its first loss of the season, 71-58 Wednesday night.
Fredette finished with 43 points to carry the Cougars (20-1, 6-0 Mountain West), who grabbed sole possession of first in the league from the Aztecs (20-1, 5-1). The game was a tight, back-and-forth affair until the final minutes when BYU pulled away.
Fredette shot 14-of-24 from the floor, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range.
Kawhi Leonard had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Aztecs, whose loss left No. 1 Ohio State as the only undefeated team in the country.
Neither team led by more than four points until Jackson Emery's dunk with 12:05 left in the game capped an 8-2 run that gave the Cougars a 52-46 lead. San Diego State got back within four points twice, the last at 56-52 on James Rahon's 3-pointer with 7:26 left.
Neither team scored again for more than two minutes before Emery hit two free throws for a 58-52 lead, launching an 11-2 run that clinched it for BYU.
Poor free-throw shooting prevented the Aztecs from getting back into the game. Billy White missed two that could have trimmed the deficit to 58-54, and San Diego State made only 9 of 15 from the line overall.
NO. 7 TEXAS 61, OKLA. ST. 46: Tristan Thompson had all 14 of his points in the second half for the Longhorns (17-3, 5-0 Big 12) as the host Cowboys marked the 10-year anniversary of a plane crash that killed 10 people with ties to the program.
PROVIDENCE 83, NO. 8 VILLANOVA 68: Marshon Brooks had 20 points and the host Friars followed a win over No. 19 Louisville on Saturday with an upset of the Wildcats (17-3, 5-2).
NO. 16 MINN. 81, N'WESTERN 70: Blake Hoffarber had 20 points while playing point guard in place of injured Al Nolen for the host Gophers (16-4, 5-3 Big Ten).
NO. 21 G'TOWN 77, ST. JOHN'S 52: Hollis Thompson responded to his benching with 15 points and six rebounds, and the host Hoyas (15-5, 4-4 Big East) shot 51 percent to win their third straight.
NO. 23 LOUISVILLE 55, W. VA. 54: Peyton Siva hit a twisting layup with 4.5 seconds left as the host Cardinals (16-4, 5-2 Big East) rallied from an 11-point deficit.
NO. 6 KANSAS: The school set up a scholarship fund for Jayla Thomas, 9, sister of forward Thomas Robinson. The two have lost their maternal grandparents and their single mother Lisa in the past three weeks. For details on the Lisa Robinson Scholarship Fund, visit the school's website at kuathletics.com.
NO. 11 MISSOURI: Prized recruit Tony Mitchell was ruled ineligible by the NCAA, and the school plans no further appeals.
UNC 74, MIAMI 71: Harrison Barnes sank a 3 with 6.6 seconds left, and the visiting Tar Heels overcame an early 14-point deficit to beat UM (12-8, 1-5).
MEMPHIS 77, UCF 61: Will Barton had 17 points, and the visiting Tigers sent the once-ranked Knights (14-5, 1-5 C-USA) to their fifth straight loss.
FLA. TECH 81, TAMPA 67: Julius Reid had 22 points, and the host Panthers handed the Spartans (17-2, 6-2 Sunshine State) their second loss in three games.
NO. 2 UCONN 63, RUTGERS 44: Tiffany Hayes had 18 points, and the visiting Huskies (19-1, 8-0 Big East) broke it open by scoring the first 13 of the second half.
NO. 3 DUKE 92, CLEMSON 37: Jasmine Thomas had 14 points to help the host Blue Devils (20-0, 6-0 ACC) remain the only unbeaten team in the country.
NO. 6 TEXAS A&M 80, NO. 13 OKLA. 78: Danielle Adams hit two free throws with 7.6 seconds left, and the Aggies (18-1, 6-0) took over first place in the Big 12 from the host Sooners (15-4, 5-1).
NO. 23 IOWA ST. 85, NEBRASKA 66: Kelsey Bolte had 26 points, Anna Prins added a career-high 23 and the visiting Cyclones (14-5, 2-3 Big 12) shot a season-best 57.6 percent from the field.
FLA. TECH 91, TAMPA 82, OT: Lynisha Nelson had 33 points for the host Panthers, who outscored the Spartans (14-4, 6-2 Sunshine State) 20-11 in overtime.
ECKERD 59, PALM BEACH ATLANTIC 47: Tijana Brdar had 17 points as the visiting Tritons (11-7) beat the Sailfish for the second time this season.