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UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 2-1, Begin Three-Game Road Swing at USC
Nov. 26, 1997

LAS VEGAS, NEV- The UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 2-1, will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., to face USC on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena (15,509). The game will begin a three-game roadtrip. UNLV will travel to Michigan on Saturday, Dec. 6, and to Rhode Island on Saturday, Dec. 13.

All Runnin' Rebel games will be carried live on KXNT AM-840. Dave McCann and Tony Cordasco will call the action when games are televised by KUPN. Fans can now bring their radio to the game and tune in to KXNT's radio broadcast inside the Thomas & Mack Center on 99.5 FM.

TELEVISION: Tuesday's game will be televised by KUPN Channel 21, Cable 2. Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick will call the action.

RADIO/TV SHOW INFO: "Game Time with UNLV Hoops" television show will be shown every Sunday on KLAS TV-8 at 5:30 p.m. (begins, Nov. 30). The show, with Head Coach Bill Bayno and host Dave McCann, features previews of upcoming opponents and highlights of previous games.

"The Bill Bayno Radio Show" can be heard live every Tuesday from Gordon Biersch (located on 3987 Paradise Road) at 7 p.m on KXNT AM-840 with hosts Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick. The weekly show features interviews with coaches, opposing coaches as well as listener call-ins. Listeners are invited to call in to the show at (702) 739-5968. The next coaches show will be Wednesday, Dec. 3.

In addition, every Runnin' Rebel game can be heard live on Teamline by calling (800) 846-4700. The Runnin' Rebel team access code is 1094. Also, Runnin' Rebel basketball radio broadcasts can be heard on the net: http//rebels.unlv.edu under www.audionet.com.

LINEUPS: Here's a glance at the possible starters for each team.

USC TROJANS (3-1)                 
No. Name             Pos.   Ht.   Cl.   Ppg   Rpg 
21  Jarvis Turner      F   6-8    So.  15.3   4.3   
 3  Gary Williams      F   6-7    Sr.  12.7   4.0
44  Greg Lakey         C   6-8    Fr.   6.0   3.0
25  Gary Johnson       G   6-0    Sr.   7.3   4.3 apg 
20  Elias Ayuso        G   6-2    Jr.  11.3   2.0            
UNLV RUNNIN' REBELS (2-1)   
No. Name             Pos.   Ht.   Cl.   Ppg   Rpg 
33  Tyrone Nesby       F   6-6    Sr.  23.3   7.3 
 0  Corky Ausborne     F   6-2    Sr.   8.3   4.0 
34  Kaspars Kambala    C   6-9    Fr.  20.0  11.7           
11  Mark Dickel        G   6-1    So.   9.3   9.3 apg
24  Greedy Daniels     G   6-0    Fr.   7.7   3.3

TRAVEL ITINERARY: UNLV will depart for Los Angeles on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. on America West. The team will stay at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza at (213) 748-4141. The team will return to Las Vegas after the game on Tuesday, arriving at 12:59 a.m.

USC TROJANS: USC is 3-1 on the season. The Trojans lost to New Mexico 98-76 and defeated Sacramento State 79-40, Loyola Marymount 92-88 and UC Santa Barbara, 90-76. USC will travel to San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 29.

THE SERIES: USC leads the series against UNLV 2-1. UNLV defeated USC 80-75 last season (Dec. 28) at the Thomas & Mack Center. USC defeated UNLV 82-72 on Dec. 10, 1995, at the Great Western Forum and 90-74 on March 17, 1993, in the NIT at the T&M.

REBEL BASKETBALL LUNCHEONS: The Rebel basketball luncheons featuring Bill Bayno will be held weekly throughout the season at noon. The luncheon features coach Bayno talking about the team's past games and preparation for future games. Admittance is free to working media - please call the UNLV Sports Information Office for reservations. Luncheons will be held in the Si Redd Room of the Thomas & Mack Center unless noted otherwise.

LUNCHEON SCHEDULE:
Wed.,  Dec. 3  at Harley Davidson Cafe   Tues., Jan. 27
Tues., Dec. 9  at Harley Davidson Cafe   Tues., Feb. 3
Tues., Dec. 16                           Tues., Feb. 10
Tues., Jan. 6                            Tues., Feb. 17
Tues., Jan. 13                           Tues., Feb. 24
Tues., Jan. 20  

A STATISTICAL COMPARISON: Here's a look at USC and UNLV's statistical comparison in 1997-98.

                         UNLV         USC
Points per game          82.7        82.3    
Opp. points per game     79.7        75.3    
Margin                   +3.0        +7.0
Rebounds per game        39.0        41.0
Opp. rebounds per game   39.7        37.0    
Margin                   +0.7        +4.0    
Field goal pct.          .453        .461    
Opp. field goal pct.     .451        .426
3-Pt. FG pct.            .419        .421    
Free throw pct.          .649        .814    
Opp. free throw pct.     .651        .694    
Turnovers per game       12.0        16.3    
Opp. turnovers per game  13.0        18.7    
Turnover margin          +1.0        +2.4

NIT RECAP: Eastern Michigan vs. UNLV (Nov. 19): UNLV defeated Eastern Michigan 84-66 in the first round of the Chase NIT at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV and EMU played the experimental four quarters. EMU led 20-19 after the first quarter. Senior guard Earl Boykins, who led the Eagles with a game-high 28 points, scored 7 in the first quarter. UNLV outscored EMU 19-17 in the second quarter and led 38-37 at halftime. Senior forward Tyrone Nesby, who scored a team-high 22 points for UNLV, had 13 at the half. A layup by UNLV's sophomore center Kaspars Kambala gave UNLV a 40-39 lead with 8:22 left in the third quarter. UNLV would never trail the rest of the game. Nesby's 3-pointer pushed UNLV's lead to 55-48 with 39 seconds left in the quarter. UNLV increased the lead to 61-50 on another Nesby bucket and sophomore guard Mark Dickel's basket gave UNLV a commanding 63-50 lead with 6:48 left. Eastern Michigan cut the lead to nine at 73-64 on a jumper by Derrick Dial. UNLV then scored nine straight points to ice the game. Kambala, the WAC's Mountain Division Player of the Week, registered his second double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Dickel played another solid game with 10 assists and had only 2 turnovers in 33 minutes. Freshman guard Greedy Daniels added 13 and senior Corky Ausborne added 12. Dial added 19 points for EMU. UNLV shot .527 from the field (29-for-55) and EMU shot .385 from the field (25-for-65). UNLV outrebounded EMU 38-34.

Nesby Photo
Tyrone Nesby

UNLV vs. Kansas (Nov. 21): Second-ranked Kansas defeated UNLV 92-68 in the second round of the Chase NIT at the Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas extended its home winning streak to 48 games. UNLV trailed 20-18 after the first quarter. KU outscored UNLV 20-7 and led 40-25 with 3:28 left in the first half. Kansas built a 16-point halftime lead at 48-32. UNLV cut the lead to seven points (55-48) in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Donovan Stewart. KU then scored seven straight points and led 62-48 on a dunk by Eric Chenowith with 4:35 left in the quarter. Kansas was in control the rest of the way to post the victory and advance to New York for the semi-finals and consolation/championship games this week. Senior forward Tyrone Nesby led UNLV with 23 points and tied his career-high with 5 3-pointers. Freshman center Kaspars Kambala posted his third straight double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Stewart added 15. Kansas was led by forward Paul Pierce with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Billy Thomas added 17 points and connected on 5-of-7 3-pointers. Kansas shot .530 from the field (35-for-66) and .625 from 3-point range (10-for-16). UNLV shot .410 from the field (25-for-61). Kansas outrebounded UNLV 41-31.

RUNNIN' REBEL HEAD COACH BILL BAYNO: He is in his third season as the head coach of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. He is UNLV's 10th head coach in the 40-year history of Rebel basketball. He has a career record of 34-27 (.557). He led UNLV to a 22-10 record last season and a third round NIT appearance. He served seven years as the associate head coach at the University of Massachusetts under John Calipari. Other coaching experience includes: 1987-88: Assistant Coach, Baptist College (Charleston, SC); 1986-87: Graduate Assistant Coach, University of Kansas; 1985-86: Graduate Assistant Coach, Seton Hall University. Playing experience includes: 1980-82: Massachusetts and 1983-85: Sacred Heart University.

USC HEAD COACH HENRY BIBBY: He is in his third season at USC and his career record is 20-21 (488).

3-POINT GOALS: Since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87, UNLV has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 359 games played (counting 3 games this season). The Big West Conference experimented with the 3-point shot in the 1982-83, 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons. During that period, UNLV connected from 3-point range in 53 of 64 games. The UNLV streak for games in which it sank at least one 3-point shot stands at 372. The last time the Runnin' Rebels failed to make at least one 3-pointer came against Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986.

HOME RECORD: UNLV is 2-0 at home this season and are 27-9 (.750) under Bill Bayno at the Thomas & Mack Center over three seasons. UNLV, in its 15th season at the Thomas & Mack Center, has an overall record of 188-27 (.874).

RUNNIN' REBELS ON TV: A total of 24 regular season games will be televised during the 1997-98 season. ESPN or ESPN2 will televise 9 times, KUPN 7 times, FOX Sports West 2 7 times and CBS once.

NOTES: UNLV is shooting .419 (26-for-62) from 3-point range over three games...three players are averaging in double figures: Tyrone Nesby (23.3), Kaspars Kambala (20.0) and Donovan Stewart (12.3).

UNLV TO RETIRE BASKETBALL JERSEYS OF GONDREZICK AND THEUS ON DEC. 27: UNLV will retire the jerseys of former greats Glen Gondrezick (#25) and Reggie Theus (#23) in a halftime ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Runnin' Rebels will face UCLA in a game that will be televised by ESPN. Gondrezick and Theus were both instrumental in putting UNLV basketball on the map. The 1976-77 Runnin' Rebels compiled an overall record of 29-3 and advanced to the school's first-ever NCAA Final Four at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. Gondrezick, a 1977 honorable mention All-American, played at UNLV for four years (1973-77). Theus, a 1978 second-team All-American, played at UNLV for three years (1975-78). Gondrezick and Theus will join fellow Runnin' Rebel basketball players Stacey Augmon (#32), Sidney Green (#21) and Larry Johnson (#4). The remaining list of UNLV athletes retired jerseys include: David Cohen (#10) and Robbie Ryserson (#10) - soccer; Matt Williams (#15) - baseball; Misty Thomas (#4) and Pauline Jordan (#50) - women's basketball; Randall Cunningham (#12) - football. The two former head coaches are Jerry Tarkanian (#2) and Fred Dallimore (#13) - baseball.

UNLV PLAYER-BY-PLAYER NOTES:

CORKY AUSBORNE: He has appeared in three games and is averaging 8.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. Shooting .350 from 3-point range (7-for-20). Scored a career-high 12 points (4-for-7 3FG) in the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 12 points (3-for-9 3FG) against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19. Established career-highs in rebounds (6), assists (5) and minutes played (33) against the Eagles.

Dickel Photo
Mark Dickel

GREEDY DANIELS: He has appeared in three games and is averaging 7.7 points, 3.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds. Scored 7 points and dished out 5 assists in 30 minutes in his first collegiate game against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored a season-high 13 points (4-for-7 FG) and dished out 5 assists in 28 minutes against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19.

MARK DICKEL: He has appeared in three games and is averaging 9.3 points. Team-leader with 28 assists (9.3 average) and 111 minutes played (37.0). He recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 assists in the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 9 points and dished out 10 assists against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19. Also had only 2 turnovers in 33 minutes. He dished out 7 assists in a career-high 40 minutes against No. 2 Kansas in the Chase NIT on Nov. 21.

KASPARS KAMBALA: The freshman has collected three double-doubles to begin his college career. He is averaging 20 points and 11.7 rebounds in 99 minutes (33.0 average). Shooting .568 from the field (21-for-37) and .643 from the line (18-for-28).

KASPARS' DOUBLE-DOUBLES:
OPPONENT                   PTS                 REB
Loyola Marymount (11-15)    20 (6-for-13 FG)    15 (5/10)
Eastern Michigan (11-19)    21 (9-for-11 FG)    10 (1/9)
Kansas (11-21)              19 (6-for-13 FG)    10 (4/6)

He was 8-for-13 from the line and had 3 blocked shots against Loyola Marymount in 30 minutes. Played a season-high 38 minutes against Eastern Michigan.

TYRONE NESBY: He has appeared in three games and is the team's leading scorer with a 23.3 average in 108 minutes played (36.0). Has scored 20 or more points in all three games and 13 times in his career. Has scored in double figures in 31 of 35 career games and 8 straight, dating back to last season. Shooting .412 from the field (28-for-68) and .529 from 3-point range (9-for-17). Scored 25 points in the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 22 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in 37 minutes against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19. Scored 23 points and tied his career-high with 5 3-pointers against No. 2 Kansas in the Chase NIT on Nov. 21. Shooting .643 (9-for-14) from 3-point range over the last two games.

GRANT RICE: He has appeared in three games and is averaging 1.0 points and 2.0 rebounds. Scored 3 points and had 2 rebounds in 8 minutes in the season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Played 11 minutes each against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19 and against No. 2 Kansas on Nov. 21. Pulled down 3 rebounds against the Jayhwaks.

DONOVAN STEWART: He has appeared in three games and is averaging 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. Shooting .583 from the field (14-for-24). Scored 17 points (6-for-9 FG) and pulled down 9 rebounds in 28 minutes in the saeason opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 15 points (6-for-12 FG) in 32 minutes against No. 2 Kansas in the Chase NIT on Nov. 21.

EPPS AND KEEFE UPDATE: Sophomore Issiah Epps and junior Brian Keefe will be eligible to play against Chicago State on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

KEON COUNTDOWN: The senior All-American center will return to action against Tulane on Sunday, Jan. 4.

SIMMONS COUNTDOWN: The junior forward will return to action against Texas-El Paso on Saturday, Jan. 17. Clark and Simmons were supsended by the NCAA for 11 and 14 games, respectively for involvement in an improper trip to Orlando, Fla., which was financed by a sports agent.

RUNNIN' REBEL BREAKDOWN:
Overall:                                           2-1
Home:                                              2-0
Road:                                              0-1
Neutral:                                           0-0
WAC:                                               0-0
WAC Home:                                          0-0
WAC Road:                                          0-0
Vs. Conference USA:                                0-0
Vs. Atlantic 10:                                   0-0
Vs. Big East:                                      0-0
Vs. Big Ten:                                       0-0
Vs. Big 12:                                        0-1 
Vs. Big West:                                      0-0
Vs. Mid-American:                                  1-0
Vs. Mid-Continent Conference:                      0-0
Vs. Pacific-10 Conference:                         0-0
Vs. Pacific West Conference:                       0-0
Vs. Southern Conference:                           0-0
Vs. West Coast Conference:                         1-0
Vs. Sun Belt:                                      0-0
In overtime games:                                 0-0
When leading at halftime:                          2-0
When Tied at halftime:                             0-0
When trailing at halftime:                         0-1
When outrebounding the opponent:                   2-0
When tied in rebounding with opponent:             0-0
When opponent outrebounds UNLV:                    0-1
When have less turnovers than opponent:            1-0
When have more turnovers than opponent:            1-1
When shooting better from the field:               1-0
When shooting worse from the field:                1-1
When shooting better at the free throw line:       2-0
When shooting worse at the free throw line:        0-1
When taking more shots than the opponent:          1-0
When taking fewer shots than the opponent:         1-1
When shooting more 3-pointers:                     0-1
When shooting fewer 3-pointers:                    2-0
When shooting the same 3-pointers:                 0-0
When taking more free throws:                      2-1
When taking fewer free throws:                     0-0
When shooting better than 50 percent from field:   1-0
When shooting less than 50 percent from field:     1-1
When scoring more than 100 points:                 0-0
When Scoring 90-100 points:                        1-0
When Scoring 80-90 points:                         1-0
When Scoring 70-80 points:                         0-0
When Scoring less than 70 points:                  0-1
When opposition scores more than 80 points:        1-1
When opposition scores less than 80 points:        1-0
In games decided by less than four points:         0-0
In games decided by 4-10 points:                   0-0
In games decided by 10+ points:                    2-1
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