For much of the game, Jimmer Fredette and his Team Fredette squad had to scrape and claw back from an early hole against the Peoria Allstars on Saturday in first-round action of The Basketball Tournament.

Fredette’s team, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Regional, finally took control down the stretch, though, and emerged with an 88-80 victory over the No. 15 seed Allstars at the Capital Center in Columbus, Ohio, to advance to Sunday’s second round in the annual 72-team, $2 million prize competition.

“We did a good job clamping down and taking over in the fourth quarter, making big shots,” Fredette said in a postgame interview on ESPN.

Former BYU star Fredette, who scored a game-high 32 points, had a hand in one of the biggest shots of the contest, getting an assist on teammate Ra'Shad James' 3-pointer with 4:18 to play that gave Team Fredette its first multi-possession lead of the game.

James, who scored 14 points, hit two more 3-pointers down the stretch as Team Fredette outscored Peoria 16-8 after the game was knotted at 72-all minutes into the fourth.

Fredette shot 9 of 17 from the field while going a perfect 11 of 11 from the free-throw line. He added three rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.

Fredette hit all three of his 3-pointers during the second quarter, including one from near the midcourt logo. He made 3 of 5 3-point attempts in the game.

Team Fredette trailed by as many as 12 points in the first quarter in front of a sold-out crowed before getting back into the contest with a 13-2 second-quarter run. Peoria, which advanced to the first round by beating West Coast Ronin in a play-in game Friday, stayed in control through much of the contest with an 18-9 edge in offensive rebounds before Team Fredette finally pulled away.

Brandon Davies, another ex-Cougar, also had a big game, scoring 21 points to go along with a team-high eight rebounds, four assists and two steals, as well as an emphatic third-quarter block.

Davies played a big part in Team Fredette's rally in the second quarter as well, at one point scoring three straight buckets for the team.

A third former BYU star, Charles Abouo, added three points, three rebounds, an assist and a turnover in the win.

“In the first game, you’ve got to try and get the first-quarter jitters out. Peoria played a game last night … so they came in ready to go. We weren’t prepared in that first quarter, so we had to come back,” Fredette told ESPN.

Jamaal Tatum also gave Team Fredette some nice third and fourth quarter minutes off the bench, scoring six points. Peoria was led by 28 points from Montel James.

Team Fredette will play the No. 16 seed Jackson TN Underdawgs in Sunday's second round at 10 a.m. MDT on ESPN. The Underdawgs, a team comprised of several former mid-major college basketball players, beat Zoo Crew, a University of Pittsburgh alumni team, in the first round.