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Emery finds range, sparks No. 23 BYU

PROVO, Utah — Texas-El Paso coach Tim Floyd got Jackson Emery’s name backwards.

Either way, the senior guard did plenty of damage for No. 23 Brigham Young on Thursday.

Coming off the bench because of a shin injury that has kept him from practicing, Emery made a career-high six 3-pointers, had 23 points and six steals and helped the Cougars rally past UTEP, 89-68.

“I’m really happy for Jackson,” BYU coach Dave Rose said. “The guy loves to practice at the pace he played out there tonight. He really helped the team.”

BYU’s other senior guard, Jimmer Fredette, had another strong game with 25 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

After the Cougars (12-1) fell behind 9-0 and 19-15, Fredette’s authoritative dunk ignited the crowd of 13,403. He made a 3-pointer for a 20-19 lead, and the Cougars never looked back.

“It was too much of Fredette, too much of Emery Jackson …,” Floyd said after watching BYU’s senior duo combine for 10-for-16 3-point shooting.

The Miners (9-3) had their six-game winning streak ended. The Cougars also halted UTEP’s eight-game road win streak that dated to last season.

UTEP took a 9-0 lead after three minutes thanks to a four-point play by Randy Culpepper and a three-point play off a putback by Jeremy Williams.

But the Cougars, playing their first home game in a month, rallied with 3-pointers — five in a three-minute span — and defense.

Claude Britten and Christian Polk led UTEP with 15 points apiece, and Williams added 11.

BYU has won 26 of its last 27 home games.

■ Hawaii 68, Utah 55 — At Honolulu, Zane Johnson scored 17 points, Joston Thomas 15 and Hiram Thompson 13 to lead the Warriors past the Utes in a Diamond Head Classic consolation game.

Johnson shot 6-for-10 from the field, including 4-for-5 on 3-pointers.

Hawaii (8-3) will play Mississippi State on Saturday in the fifth-place game, and Utah (7-5) will meet San Diego for seventh.

■ Colorado State 68, Mississippi 61 — At Cancun, Mexico, Travis Franklin scored 21 points and Andy Ogide 17 and the Rams (7-3) held off the Rebels (8-3) in the Cancun Governor’s Cup.

Mississippi, which posted its lowest point total of the season, was led by Zach Graham with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

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