BYU's Jimmer Fredette didn't hear the pre-game trash talk ripping him as a one-man show who won't pass the ball.
Afterward, he didn't care.
With plenty of help from his teammates, Fredette and the No. 9 Cougars shut up TreVon Willis and visiting UNLV with a 78-64 victory Saturday that gave BYU the regular-season sweep.
"At this point, it doesn't matter what he says. I was just worried about getting the victory," said Fredette, who became the Mountain West Conference career scoring leader, breaking the mark of 2,189 points set by San Diego State's Brandon Heath in 2007. Fredette now has 2,194.
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Despite a head cold that left him struggling to breathe, and double- and triple-teams that forced him to give up the ball and turn it over five times, Fredette still scored 29 points. He was a team-record 16-for-16 from the foul line, but just 6-for-14 from the field.
Earlier in the week, Willis took a shot at Fredette, the nation's leading scorer.
"What people don't realize is he don't want to pass the ball. He don't want to get no assists," Willis told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "He wants to shoot the ball every single time. If you think he wants to pass it, then you're wrong."
BYU (22-2, 8-1) halted a three-game winning streak by UNLV (17-6, 5-4), which got 16 points from Anthony Marshall and 15 from Willis.
No. 2 Kansas 86, Nebraska 66: Brady Morningstar scored a season-high 19 points and made five of visiting Kansas' season-best 13 three-pointers against Nebraska (15-7, 3-5 Big 12). The Jayhawks (22-1, 7-1) played without Josh Selby, their most accurate three-point shooter, who sat out with an injured right foot.
No. 4 Pittsburgh 71, Cincinnati 59: Ashton Gibbs tied a career high with 25 points, and host Pittsburgh (21-2, 9-1 Big East) beat Cincinnati (18-5, 5-5), which was playing without suspended forward Yancy Gates. Larry Davis had 13 points to lead Cincinnati, which has lost five of eight after a 15-0 start.
No. 5 Duke 76, N.C. State 52: Nolan Smith scored 18 of his 20 points during the decisive first half, and Duke (21-2, 8-1 ACC) extended its winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to an NCAA-best 32. Richard Howell had a career-high 18 for the Wolfpack (12-11, 2-7), who dropped into 11th place in the league standings. Duke's victory was a tuneup for Wednesday night's showdown against No. 23 North Carolina.
No. 6 Connecticut 61, Seton Hall 59: Kemba Walker, the Big East's leading scorer, had 19 points, and visiting Connecticut (18-4, 6-4) stopped a two-game losing streak after trailing by 10 points with 8:17 to play. Seton Hall (10-14, 4-8) made a layup at the buzzer, its only field goal of the final 8 minutes.
No. 13 Georgetown 83, Providence 81: Host Georgetown nearly blew an 18-point second-half lead and overcame a 43-point performance by Marshon Brooks for its sixth straight win.
Brooks' career-high game was the most points scored by a Big East player this season and the fifth highest total ever in a Big East game. But his chance to tie or win it ended when he was stripped by Chris Wright at midcourt just before the final horn.
Austin Freeman scored 23 points for the Hoyas (18-5, 7-4), who never trailed but watched a 54-36 lead with 17½ minutes to play cut to one in the game's final few seconds.
Brooks played all 40 minutes for the Friars (14-10, 3-8) and went 17-for-28 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Baylor 76, No. 16 Texas A&M 74 (OT): Anthony Jones' layup with 3.1 seconds left in overtime lifted Baylor (15-7, 5-4 Big 12) to victory at Texas A&M (17-5, 4-4). Perry Jones led the Bears with a season-high 27 points. The Aggies made just 18 of 30 free-throw attempts, including three misses in overtime.
Oregon 81, No. 20 Washington 76: Joevan Catron had 20 points and nine rebounds, and host Oregon (12-11, 5-6 Pac-10) handed Washington (15-7, 7-4) its third straight loss. E.J. Singler of the Ducks made four free throws in the final 25.7 seconds.
Eastern Kentucky 57, Jacksonville State 51: Spencer Perrin scored 19 points and visiting Eastern Kentucky (12-11, 6-6 Ohio Valley Conference) rallied in the second half to sweep the season series with Jacksonville State (2-19, 2-10). It was the 100th win at EKU for Coach Jeff Neubauer. The Colonels trailed 29-18 at halftime after posting their lowest first-half point total of the season.
Transylvania 72, Defiance 67: Junior Ethan Spurlin scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half, and host Transylvania held off Defiance in a Heartland Conference game. Defiance (10-11, 5-9) trimmed a 13-point Transy lead to 70-67 with eight seconds left, but Chris Owens made a pair of free throws to clinch it. Transy (15-6, 9-5) was 24-for-27 from the foul line.
Kevin Tietje led Defiance with 21 points. Logan Wolf-rum, the conference's leading scorer, was held to 14.
Georgetown 73, Virginia-Wise 65: Vic Moses had 22 points and eight rebounds, and visiting Georgetown (22-3, 11-2 Mid-South) won despite shooting 15-for-29 from the free-throw line. Tyrone Shelley added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers.
Virginia-Wise (9-13, 3-10) was held to 29.7 percent field-goal shooting.
Morehead State 76, Tennessee Tech 60: Drew Kelly scored 21 points to lead four Morehead State players in double figures as the visiting Eagles romped. Kenneth Faried added 11 points for the Eagles (17-8, 9-4 Ohio Valley Conference), who broke the game open after leading 30-27 at halftime.
Western Kentucky 81, Louisiana-Monroe 61: Sergio Kerusch and Juan Pattillo had 17 points each to lead host Western Kentucky (10-12, 5-5 Sun Belt) over Louisiana-Monroe (6-19, 1-10). Kerusch also had a game-high 13 rebounds for his seventh double-double in nine games.
Pikeville 109, Shawnee State 55: Host Pikeville made 18 three-pointers in the Mid-South rout. Chris Puckett went 4-for-5 behind the arc for a game-high 16 points in 14 minutes of play. Nine others made threes for Pikeville (20-5, 9-4).
Transylvania 104, Defiance 64: Holly Milburn grabbed her 500th career rebound and Olivia Akridge scored a career-high 26 points to lead host Transy (15-6, 10-4 HCAC), which reached the century mark for the first time this season. Milburn is the sixth woman in school history with 1,000 points and 500 rebounds.
Akridge hit her first eight shots and went 11-for-13 from the field. Shayla Black finished two rebounds shy of a triple double with 11 points and 10 assists, tying her career high.
Defiance (9-12, 7-7) shot 23 percent from the field, including 2-for-16 (12.5 percent) from long range.
Georgetown 87, Virginia-Wise 74: Georgetown erased a nine-point deficit in the second half to win its first road game of the season. Mikkah Rogers had a season-high 24 points for the Tigers (8-16, 4-9 Mid-South), who entered the game 0-10 away from home. Jessica Waddle hit three three-pointers — raising her career total at Georgetown to 101 — and scored 17 points. Kourtney Tyra also had 17.
Kristin Mullins and Amber Carter scored 22 and 20 points for Virginia-Wise (9-12, 3-10).
Jacksonville State 64, Eastern Kentucky 59: Host Jacksonville State regained the lead with a 7-0 run early in the second half and never trailed again. Brittany Coles led EKU (6-16, 3-10 OVC) with 17 points. Jacksonville State (9-15, 6-7) was led by Brittany Wiley with 11 points.
Western Kentucky 80, Louisiana Monroe 71: Janae Howard led all scorers with 24 points and Arnika Brown added 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky (10-13, 7-4 Sun Belt) to its fifth consecutive home victory. Louisiana-Monroe (12-12, 6-5) trailed by 26 points in the first half but a 20-7 run cut WKU's lead to 70-63 with five minutes left.
Thomas More 61, Washington & Jefferson 48: Thomas More, ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III, overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to avoid the upset and keep its perfect season intact. The Saints improved to 21-0, 12-0 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. Washington & Jefferson (8-13, 5-7) led 35-25 with 18:26 to play before Thomas More went on a 16-4 run.
Tennessee Tech 82, Morehead State 70: Brittany Darling had a career-high 20 points and 15 rebounds, and host Tennessee Tech (18-4, 11-1) increased its Ohio Valley Conference lead over second-place Morehead State to two games. Chynna Bozeman scored 24 of her game-high 29 points in the second half for Morehead State (17-7, 10-3).
Ex-Dunbar star Rowe breaks rebounding record
Middle Tennessee 71, South Alabama 48: Former Paul Dunbar standout Ebony Rowe scored a game-high 24 points and set a freshman record for rebounds in a season in the win over South Alabama. Rowe's eight rebounds pushed her season total to 243, surpassing the record of 241 set by Ester Coleman in 1979-80.