SALT LAKE CITY » Jimmer Fredette scored 47 points and Jackson Emery added 20 points and set BYU’s career steals record last night as the 11th-ranked Cougars beat Utah 104-79 to extend their winning streak to seven games.
BYU (17-1, 3-0 Mountain West) has won four straight and eight of the last nine against Utah.
The Utes (7-10, 0-3) came out determined to match BYU’s intensity, and led 15-10 and 23-19.
BYU followed with a barrage of 3-pointers. A 3 by Emery pulled BYU within 23-22, and Fredette hit consecutive shots from beyond the arc for a 28-25 BYU lead. Fredette’s three-point play with 5:12 left in the half gave BYU a 38-29 lead.
He hit a 3-pointer from 30 feet for a 43-33 lead, and scored BYU’s final 13 points of the half, including a 40-footer at the buzzer that put the Cougars up 53-42.
The buzzer-beater gave Fredette 32 points in the first half and moved him past BYU great Danny Ainge in career 30-point games with 13. He trails only Michael Smith and Devin Durant, who had 17 apiece to top the Cougars record books.
Emery made his 196th career steal at the 12:47 mark of the first half, then passed ahead to Fredette for a layup. He entered the game tied with Ainge, who set the mark in 1981. Emery later added steal No. 197.
No. 10 Connecticut 67, Rutgers 53
Alex Oriakhi had 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots as the host Huskies (13-2, 2-2) beat the Scarlet Knights (10-6, 1-3).
Rutgers was led by Mike Poole’s 11 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 12 Texas 83, Texas Tech 52
Freshman Tristan Thompson scored 20 points to lift the visiting Longhorns (13-3, 1-0 Big 12).
Texas pulled away midway through the first half and left the Red Raiders (8-9, 0-2) behind.
No. 13 Kentucky 78, Auburn 54
Terrence Jones set a Wildcats freshman record with 35 points as host Kentucky (13-3, 1-1 Southeastern) easily avoided its first losing streak under coach John Calipari.
Allen Payne led the Tigers (7-9, 0-2) with 15 points.
Michigan State 64, No. 20 Wisconsin 61, OT
Draymond Green scored a career-high 26 points, and Kalin Lucas made three free throws in the final minute of overtime to lift the Spartans (11-5, 3-1 Big Ten).
Jordan Taylor scored 21 points for visiting Wisconsin (12-4, 2-2).
Penn State 57, No. 16 Illinois 55
Andrew Jones converted an offensive rebound with 1 second left to lead the host Nittany Lions (10-6, 3-2 Big Ten) past the Illini (13-4, 3-1) for their second straight upset of a ranked team.
On Saturday, Penn State beat then-No. 18 Michigan State 66-62.