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Dec. 8, 1997

UNLV Runnin Rebels, 3-2, Conclude Four-Game Road Trip At Rhode Island On Saturday

LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Runnin Rebels, 3-2, will travel to Providence, Rhode Island, to face Rhode Island on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. (PST) at the Providence Civic Center (12,993).

All Runnin Rebel games will be carried live on KXNT AM-840. Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick will call the action. The pregame show for Saturday's game will begin at 3:30 p.m. 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: Saturday's game will be televised by ESPN2. Dan Bonner and Karl Ravech 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. 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 two coaches' show will be Tuesday, Dec. 9 and 16.

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: www.audionet.com

LINEUPS: Possible starters:
Rhode Island Rams (3-1)               
No. Name                 Pos.   Ht.   Cl.   Ppg     Rpg 
25  Joshua King            F    6-8   Sr.    9.3    4.0 
34  Antonio Reynolds-Dean  F    6-7   Jr.   12.5    5.5
35  Luther  Clay           C    6-9   So.    6.3    6.3
21  Tyson Wheeler          G    5-10  Sr.    5.5    4.3 apg
12  Cuttino Mobley         G    6-4   Sr.   18.0    4.5            

UNLV RUNNIN REBELS (3-2) 
No. Name           Pos. Ht.  Cl.     Ppg      Rpg
33  Tyrone Nesby    F   6-6  Sr.    19.6      7.2    
 0  Corky Ausborne  F   6-2  Sr.    10.2      4.4
34  Kaspars Kambala C   6-9  Fr.    17.6     10.6           
11  Mark Dickel     G   6-1  So.     8.6      6.8 apg
24  Greedy Daniels  G   6-0  Fr.     8.6      5.2

RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island is 3-1 on the season. The Rams defeated UNC-Wilmington 78-69 and lost to Connecticut, 80-67. Rhode Island then defeated Boston 86-63 and Brown, 75-57. The Rams host Providence on Dec. 9.

THE SERIES: UNLV leads the series against Rhode Island 2-0. UNLV defeated Rhode Island 94-80 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Dec. 18, 1974. UNLV then defeated Rhode Island 88-69 in the Las Vegas Rebel Roundup on Dec. 21, 1988.

UNLV vs. ATLANTIC 10: The Runnin Rebels have a career record of 9-3 vs. the Atlantic 10 Conference. UNLV is 2-0 vs. Rhode Island. Other teams include: Duquense (2-0), Rutgers (1-1), Temple (3-1) and West Virginia (1-1).

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. Admission 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., Jan.  6  
Tues., Jan. 13  
Tues., Jan. 20 
Tues., Feb. 10 
Tues., Feb. 17 
Tues., Feb. 24  

        
A STATISTICAL COMPARISON: 
Statistical comparison for 1997-98           
                                UNLV          RI
Points per game                 77.8        76.5    
Opp. points per game            78.8        67.3    
Margin                          -1.0        +9.2
Rebounds per game               39.0        33.8
Opp. rebounds per game          42.2        36.5    
Margin                          -3.2        -2.7    
Field goal pct.                 .424        .469    
Opp. field goal pct.            .437        .422
3-Pt. FG pct.                   .347        .417    
Free throw pct.                 .662        .675    
Opp. free throw pct.            .701        .602    
Turnovers per game              12.6        13.3    
Opp. turnovers per game         14.4        19.0    
Turnover margin                 -1.8        -5.7

UNLV vs. MICHIGAN RECAP: Michigan defeated UNLV 83-59 on Saturday afternoon at Ann Arbor. UNLV led 11-10 on a basket by senior forward Tyrone Nesby with 13:03 left in the first half. Michigan then went on a 15-0 run and led 25-11. UNLV was scoreless for 5:52. Michigan led 41-25 at the half.

Guard Robbie Reid, who led Michigan with 17 points on 5 3-pointers, hit 4 3s in the first half. Michigan came out in the second half and went on a 11-3 run to lead 52-28 with 16:51 left. Michigan's biggest lead was 79-50 with 4:12 to play. Center Robert Traylor added 17 and 9 rebounds for Michigan.

Forward Jerod Ward added 13 and 7 rebounds. UNLV was led by freshman center Kaspars Kambalas fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Donovan Stewart added 15 points off the bench and Nesby had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Michigan shot .462 from the field (30-for-65) and .778 from the line (14-for-18). UNLV, which scored a season low 59 points, shot a season low .315 from the field (17-for-54). Michigan outrebounded UNLV 39-38.

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 35-28 (.556). 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.

RHODE ISLAND HEAD COACH JIM HARRICK: He is in his first season at Rhode Island and has a record of 3-1 and career record over 18 seasons is 361-161 (.692).

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 361 games played (counting 5 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 374. 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 has been outrebounded in three out of five games, including the last three...UNLV hasn't had a player foul out this season while the opponents had four...four players are averaging in double figures: Tyrone Nesby (19.6), Kaspars Kambala (17.6), Donovan Stewart (12.0) and Corky Ausborne (10.2).

NEXT UP: UNLV will return home after a four-game road trip. UNLV will open a five-game homestand, beginning with Chicago State on Wednesday, Dec. 17. It will mark UNLV's first home game in one month (last game on Nov. 19 vs. Eastern Michigan).

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) - womens 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 five games and is averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 rebounds. Shooting .375 from 3-point range (12-for-32). Scored 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) and assists (5). He scored a career-high 19 points (6-for-11 FG) against USC on Dec. 2. He also established career-highs with 4 3-pointers made and 35 minutes played. Scored 7 points in 31 minutes at Michigan on Dec. 6.

GREEDY DANIELS: He has appeared in five games and is averaging 8.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Scored 7 points and dished out 5 assists in 30 minutes in his first collegiate game against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 15. Scored 13 points (4-for-7 FG) and dished out 5 assists in 28 minutes against Eastern Michigan in the Chase NIT on Nov. 19.

He played his best all around game of the season against USC on Dec. 2. He established season-highs in four categories. Scored 17 points (7-for-10 FG), pulled down 9 rebounds (defensive), 6 assists and 5 steals. Played a season-high 40 minutes against Michigan on Dec. 6 and pulled down 7 rebounds with 4 steals. Averaging 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals over his last two games.

MARK DICKEL: He has appeared in five games and is averaging 8.6 points. Team-leader with 34 assists (6.8 average) and 180 minutes played (36.0). Shooting .870 (20-for-23) from the free throw line. 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. Scored 10 points and committed just 3 turnovers in 37 minutes against USC on Dec. 2.

KASPARS KAMBALA: The freshman collected three double-doubles to begin his college career. He is averaging 17.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in 145 minutes (29.0 average). Shooting .525 from the field (31-for-59) and .650 from the line (26-for-40).

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)
Michigan (12-6)             15 (5-for-13 FG)    12 (5/7)

He was 8-for-13 from the line and had 3 blocked shots against Loyola Marymount in 30 minutes. He was named WAC Mountain Player of the Week (Nov. 17). Played a season-high 38 minutes against Eastern Michigan. Scored 13 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in 21 minutes against USC on Dec. 2. Collected his fourth double-double in five games with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Michigan on Dec. 6. Has scored in double figures in all five games.

TYRONE NESBY: He has appeared in five games and is the teams leading scorer with a 19.6 average and second on the team with 178 minutes played (35.6). Has scored 20 or more points in three games and 13 times in his career. Has scored in double figures in 33 of 37 career games and 10 straight, dating back to last season.

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. Scored 14 points and tied his season high with 8 rebounds against USC on Dec. 2. Scored 14 points (8-for-10 FT) in 33 minutes against Michigan on Dec. 6.

GRANT RICE: He has appeared in five games and is averaging 0.8 points and 1.4 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 Jayhawks. Played a season-high 15 minutes against USC on Dec. 2.

DONOVAN STEWART: He has appeared in five games and is averaging 12.0 points and 3.6 rebounds. Shooting .548 from the field (23-for-42). Shooting .545 from 3-point range (6-for-11). Scored 17 points (6-for-9 FG) and pulled down 9 rebounds in 28 minutes in the season 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. Scored 8 points and pulled down 4 rebounds in 22 minutes against USC on Dec. 2. Scored 15 points (6-for-10 FG) in 32 minutes at Michigan on Dec. 6. Has scored in double figures in 3 of 5 games.

EPPS AND KEEFE UPDATE (1 GAME): Sophomore Issiah Epps and junior Brian Keefe will be eligible to play against Chicago State on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

KEON COUNTDOWN (6 GAMES): The senior All-American center will return to action against Tulane on Sunday, Jan. 4.

SIMMONS COUNTDOWN (9 GAMES): The junior forward will return to action against Texas-El Paso on Saturday, Jan. 17. Clark and Simmons were suspended 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:    3-2
    Home:       2-0
    Road:       1-2
    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:        0-1
    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:      1-0
    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:       3-0
    When Tied at halftime:          0-0
    When trailing at halftime:      0-2
    When outrebounding the opponent:        2-0
    When tied in rebounding with opponent:  0-0
    When opponent outrebounds UNLV:         1-2
    When have less turnovers than opponent: 2-0
    When have more turnovers than opponent: 1-2
    When shooting better from the field:    2-0
    When shooting worse from the field:     1-2
    When shooting better at the free throw line:    2-0
    When shooting worse at the free throw line:     1-2
    When taking more shots than the opponent:       1-0
    When taking fewer shots than the opponent:      2-2
    When shooting more 3-pointers:      0-1
    When shooting fewer 3-pointers:     3-1
    When shooting the same 3-pointers:  0-0
    When taking more free throws:       3-2
    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:      2-2
    When scoring more than 100 points:                  0-0
    When Scoring 90-100 points: 1-0
    When Scoring 80-90 points:  2-0
    When Scoring 70-80 points:  0-0
    When Scoring less than 70 points:           0-2
    When opposition scores more than 80 points: 1-2
    When opposition scores less than 80 points: 2-0
    In games decided by less than four points:  0-0
    In games decided by 4-10 points:            1-0
    In games decided by 10+ points:             2-2
    



        
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