PROVO, Utah -- Jimmer Fredette scored a game-high 25 points to lead BYU past Bradley 70-60 Friday night in the first game of the season for both teams.
Fredette made 12 of 14 free throws and added five rebounds and four assists for the Cougars (1-0). He drove the lane for a layup and converted four free throws to lead an 8-0 spurt that gave BYU a 56-46 lead with eight minutes to go. Bradley never drew closer than seven points.
Chris Roberts scored 16 and Sam Maniscalco added 15 to lead Bradley. Braves guard Andre Warren scored 13 and grabbed a team-high six rebounds after missing last season with a stress fracture in his foot.
Bradley (0-1) played without forward Taylor Brown, who was suspended by coach Jim Les for a violation of team rules. A school spokesman declined to reveal the length of the suspension.
Jonathan Tavernari scored 13 points and Michael Loyd Jr. added 10 for BYU.