PROVO, Utah – Jimmer Fredette scored 38 points and No. 3 BYU closed a tumultuous week with an easy 102-78 win over Wyoming on Saturday.
Charles Abouo scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half for the Cougars (28-3, 14-2 Mountain West Conference), who earned their first win since Brandon Davies was kicked off the team for breaking the school's honor code. BYU was coming off an 82-64 loss to New Mexico on Wednesday night.
Abouo's individual 8-0 run early in the second half helped BYU seize control after it had a 38-35 lead at halftime.
Francisco Cruz scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half for Wyoming (10-20, 3-13). Daylen Harrison and Amath M'Baye had 12 points apiece.
Fredette, one of the favorites for national player of the year, and Jackson Emery helped BYU grab at least a share of the Mountain West Conference title in their final home game. The Cougars are assured of the top seed for next week's conference tourney by virtue of their two wins over No. 9 San Diego State.
Emery finished with 18 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers with about five minutes left that sealed the victory. Freshman Kyle Collinsworth added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Davies' dismissal on Tuesday led to questions about the school's honor code and BYU's chances of making a run in the upcoming NCAA tournament. Davies was the team's leading rebounder and the Cougars were outrebounded 45-29 against the Lobos.
Basically employing a four-guard lineup, BYU still managed to outrebound Wyoming 38-27, including an 11-6 advantage on the offensive glass.
Fredette scored 12 of BYU's first 18 points, including an 8-0 individual run, to help the Cougars build a five-point lead five minutes into the game.
Desmar Jackson's basket cut the Cougars' lead to one early in the second half, but Abouo responded with eight straight points to stake BYU to a 48-39 advantage.
Wyoming was down nine when Emery hit back-to-back 3s to lead the Cougars back to an 87-67 lead.