The BYU Cougars used a hot-shooting night from Nick Emery to knock off the San Diego Toreros, 82-70, at the Marriott Center on Thursday night. Emery finished with 26 points on 8-for-12 shooting from the floor, including 5-for-7 from beyond the arc as the Cougars avenged an earlier loss to the Toreros.

Eric Mika added 15 points and 10 rebounds while Elijah Bryant chipped in with 15 points and eight boards as BYU improved to 19-9 on the season and 10-5 in WCC play.

Olin Carter III had 21 points and eight assists for San Diego while Brett Bailey added 21 points and seven rebounds.


Why the Cougars won

The Cougars were better in just about every statistical category. They had better shooting numbers from the floor, beyond the arc and from the foul line. They also won the battle of the backboards and had more assists, steals and blocks while committing fewer foul and turnovers.


The turning point

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While Gordon Hayward became the first All-Star the Utah Jazz have had in six years, the Jazz have had a long history of players making it to the All-Star game. In fact, it is the 39th time since the Jazz moved to Salt Lake City that a player from the organization has made it to the game.

Karl Malone, John Stockton and Adrian Dantley were mainstays in the game during their time with the Jazz, while Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, Mark Eaton, Rickey Green, Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur all earned the distinction at least once.

Here is a look at the best performances from those Jazz players over the years.

15. John Stockton, 1997

Both John Stockton and Karl Malone started the 1997 game, but Stockton had the better performance in the 132-120 loss. He totaled 12 points on 5 for 6 shooting from the floor, including 2 for 2 from beyond the arc. He added five assists and a steal in 20 minutes.

14. Karl Malone, 1992

Malone had a solid night in a 153-113 win with 11 points on 5 for 7 shooting from the floor and 1 for 2 from the charity stripe. He added seven rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal in 19 minutes.

13. John Stockton, 2000

Stockton’s last All-Star game appearance was a memorable one as he scored in double figures in a 137-126 win. On the night, he finished with 10 points on 5 for 5 shooting from the floor while handing out two assists and collecting a steal in just 11 minutes.

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The NBA has released custom player emojis for the NBA All-Star game Sunday night in New Orleans, and Gordon Hayward’s emoji looks exactly like, well, Gordon Hayward.

Matt Harpring selected for the Georgia State Sports Hall of Fame

Former longtime Jazz man and current color analyst Matt Harpring has been selected for the Georgia State Sports Hall of Fame. He will be honored — along with seven other inductees — on Feb. 25, in Macon, Georgia.

“A three-sport star at Marist School in Atlanta, Matt Harpring was named Mr. Georgia Basketball in 1994. After spurning numerous college football offers, Harpring decided to play basketball for coach Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech. He joined Mark Price as the only two Georgia Tech players to be named all-ACC for three years, and his number “15” was retired by the school during the final home game of his senior year. He finished his career as the second leading scorer and third leading rebounder in Georgia Tech history, and he is widely considered one of the hardest working players in college basketball history,” said the press release.

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