Top Performers of the Week: December 31 -- January 5

Forward Tavernari recorded 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals Thursday against Loyola Marymount. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.

Jonathan Tavernari -- Men's Basketball -- Sophomore -- Brazil

Sophomore forward Jonathan Tavernari recorded game highs of eight rebounds and three steals while scoring 17 points in 18 minutes off the bench Thursday in BYU's win over Loyola Marymount. The Sao Bernardo, Brazil, native connected five times from behind the three-point arc while making 50 percent of his long-range attempts (5-for-10). He set up two teammate baskets while going 6-of-13 on his own attempts from the floor overall.

Tavernari started in the second half and contributed 11 points and five rebounds to help the Cougars turn a nine-point halftime advantage into a lead that grew to as many as 34 points in the final 20 minutes. Tavernari's five triples are the most he has made in a game since converting six three-pointers against No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 24 in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational. He also made five treys in BYU's win over then No. 6 Louisville.

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