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Jimmer Fredette noticed pregame chatter

BYU's Jimmer Fredette apparently didn't take kindly to UNLV guard Tre'Von Willis' choice of adverbs.

After hearing that Willis had referred to him as "supposedly" the Mountain West Conference's best player, Fredette went out and proved it yet again, scoring 39 points in an impressive 89-77 win in Las Vegas.

From the Salt Lake Tribune:

"I did see it. I did see it," Fredette said of those comments. He didn't say that with his typical smile or lighthearted laugh. It was quite obvious that it spurred him on, although he said later that he took it in stride and wasn't worried about it.

Fredette and Willis talked throughout the game, but it was clear who had the last laugh. The BYU star hit seven 3-pointers and was able to show off his crossover in Sin City. BYU guard Jackson Emery, who has done some talking of his own, poured in 22 points.

"I thought we spaced the floor really well and shared the ball, and we have a great player in Jimmer," said coach Dave Rose, whose Cougars team defeated UNLV in Las Vegas for the first time.

"I was happy for our two senior guards. It was big for them to get a win here."

Said UNLV coach Lon Kruger: "Fredette makes a couple of big 3s, and that seemed to get them energized a bit.

"It starts with Fredette. He was terrific."