BYU's Fredette rises to the occasion

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Before every game, Jimmer Fredette listens to a rap song. The artist is his big brother, T.J., perhaps this nation's only Mormon rapper. The subject matter is their lives growing up in Glens Falls, N.Y.

The title of the song: "Amazing."

Thursday afternoon at the Ford Center, Amazing happened.

Jimmer Fredette scored 37 points to lead Brigham Young past Florida in a silly-good NCAA tournament opener, 99-92 in double overtime. A kid who grew up watching Drew Nicholas and Bryce Drew hitting epic NCAA tournament shots had his turn, rising up on rubbery legs to hit two huge 3s in the second OT to knock out the Gators. A guy deemed too slow and too shaky as a ball handler by the elite-level college teams launched his drive to be the Stephen Curry of this year's March Madness.

And when it was over and he'd done the national TV interview, Fredette ran straight to the second row of seats behind the BYU bench and hugged his mom, his dad, a friend from home and T.J.

"You did it, baby," T.J. told him.

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