Dec. 18, 1997
UNLV Runnin' Rebels Face 25th-Ranked Syracuse On Saturday In The Las Vegas Shootout
LAS VEGAS, NEV: The UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 4-3, will face No. 25 Syracuse in the Las Vegas Shootout on Saturday, Dec. 20, at 9 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500). Colorado will face Massachusetts in the first game at 6:30 p.m.
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 8:30 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: The Las Vegas Shootout will be televised by ESPN2 (Colorado-UMass) and ESPN (Syracuse-UNLV). Craig Bolerjack and Dan Bonner 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) 733-5968. The next two coaches show will be Monday, Dec. 22 and Dec. 29.
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: Here's a glance at the possible starters for each team.
SYRACUSE ORANGEMEN (7-0)
PROMOTIONS: 2,500 key chains will be given away for Saturday's Las Vegas Shootout.
SYRACUSE: The Orangemen are 7-0 on the season. Syracuse defeated UNC Asheville 60-57, UNC Greensboro 83-53, Colgate 78-74, St. John's 80-73, Boston College 70-52, Texas Southern 85-73 and Miami (Ohio) 72-53. Syracuse will face Buffalo on Dec. 18. Saturday's game against UNLV marks the first time the Orangemen have played UNLV in Las Vegas.
THE SERIES: The series between UNLV and Syracuse is tied 1-1. Syracuse defeated UNLV 78-57 last season at the Carrier Dome. UNLV defeated Syracuse 105-83 on Dec. 5, 1975, in the Steel Bowl Classic in Pittsburgh, Penn.
UNLV vs. BIG EAST: The Runnin' Rebels have an all-time record of 10-9 vs. the Big East. UNLV is 2-6 vs. Georgetown, 2-0 vs. Miami, vs. Providence 1-0, vs. Seton Hall 3-2, vs. Syracuse 1-1, vs. Villanova 1-0.
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.
A STATISTICAL COMPARISON: Here's a look at Syracuse and UNLV's statistical comparison in 1997-98.
UNLV vs. CHICAGO STATE RECAP: UNLV defeated Chicago State 86-49 on Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game marked the Rebel debuts of junior guard Brian Keefe and sophomore center Issiah Epps. UNLV led 20-10 eight minutes in the game and led 42-26 at halftime. UNLV opened the second half and hit 4 3-pointers and led 54-26 with 18:20 left. Sophomore guard Mark Dickel, who scored a career-high 20 points, hit two 3's and senior forward Tyrone Nesby and freshman forward Donovan Stewart each added one. UNLV coasted the rest of the way to improve to 3-0 at home. UNLV enjoyed its biggest lead of 38 points with a 86-48 lead with 39 seconds left. Freshman center Kaspars Kambala recorded season highs with 24 points and 16 rebounds. It marked his sixth double-double in seven games. Dickel recorded a career-high 5 3-pointers in 6 attempts. Nesby and Keefe each added 12. Freshman guard Greedy Daniels dished out a season high 8 assists. Epps played 20 minutes and scored 6 points, 6 rebounds and had 3 blocked shots. Chicago State was led by guard Jermaine Hicks' 19 points. UNLV shot .448 from the field (30-for-67) and Chicago State shot .327 (18-for-55). UNLV outscored Chicago State 44-23 in the second half.
INJURY UPDATE: Senior guard Corky Ausborne has a severely sprained right thumb. He is questionable for Saturday's game against Syracuse.
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 36-29 (.554). 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.
SYRACUSE HEAD COACH JIM BOEHEIM: He is in his 22nd season at Syracuse and his record is 509-172 (.747).
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 363 games played (counting 7 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 376. 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 3-0 at home this season and are 28-9 (.757) 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 189-27 (.875). UNLV is also 19-3 over its last 22 home games.
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.
FREQUENT FLYER MILES: The Runnin' Rebels, over four road trips over a one month period, traveled approximately 14,000 miles to Kansas City, Los Angeles, Detroit and Rhode Island.
NEXT UP: UNLV continues its five-game home stretch against UC Irvine on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 7:35 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX Sports West 2.
SCHEDULE AND NOTES: UNLV will now face five teams ranked in the polls.: #3Kansas, #6 Utah, #12 New Mexico, #14 UCLA, #25 Syracuse...UNLV still hasn't had a player foul out this season...the 37 point victory over Chicago State is the largest margin of victory since UNLV's 80-47 win over Wyoming on Feb. 1, 1997, at the Thomas & Mack Center.
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 Ryerson (#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 six games and is averaging 10.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. Shooting .400 from 3-point range (16-for-40). 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. Scored 12 points in 32 minutes against Rhode Island on Dec. 13. Tied his career-high with 4 3-pointers against the Rams. Has scored in double figures in 4 of 6 games. He injured his right thumb on Dec. 13 and played against Rhode Island. He missed Wednesday's game against Chicago State and is questionable for the Syracuse game.
GREEDY DANIELS: He has appeared in seven games and is averaging 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists. Team-leader with 18 steals and second with 31 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. Scored 12 points and pulled down 5 rebounds in 38 minutes against Rhode Island on Dec. 13. He dished out a season-high 8 assists against Chicago State on Dec. 17.
MARK DICKEL: He has appeared in seven games and is averaging 9.4 points. Team-leader with 38 assists (5.4 average) and second on team with 230 minutes played (32.9). Shooting .857 (24-for-28) 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. Pulled down a career-high 7 rebounds in 24 minutes at Rhode Island on Dec. 13. Scored a career-high 20 points against Chicago State on Dec. 17. Established a career-high with 5 3-pointers (in 6 attempts).
ISSIAH EPPS: He appeared in his first game as a Runnin' Rebel against Chicago State on Dec. 17. He scored 6 points, 6 rebounds and had 3 blocked shots in 20 minutes.
KASPARS KAMBALA: The freshman has recorded 6 out of 7 double-doubles, including three straight. He is averaging 18.3 points and 11.6 rebounds in 213 minutes (30.4 average). Shooting .530 from the field (44-for-83) and .690 from the line (40-for-58).
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 in 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 with 15 points and 12 rebounds against Michigan on Dec. 6. Registered his fifth double-double in six games with 16 points and 12 rebounds in a season high 40 minutes against Rhode Island on Dec. 13. Established season highs each with 10 free throws made in 14 attempts against Chicago State on Dec. 17. He has scored in double figures in all seven games. Mentioned in Sports Illustrated (Dec. 15 issue) as one of the top freshman to watch in the country and in the Sporting News (Dec. 1).
BRIAN KEEFE: He appeared in his first game as a Runnin' Rebel against Chicago State on Dec. 17. He played 30 minutes and scored 12 points (3-for-6 3-pointers) and had 3 assists and 2 steals.
TYRONE NESBY: He has appeared in seven games and is the team's leading scorer with a 19.1 average and minutes played with 242 (34.6 average). Second on the team with a 7.3 rebound average. Has scored 20 or more points in four games this season and 14 times in his career. Has scored in double figures in 35 of 39 career games and 12 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. Scored 24 points against Rhode Island on Dec. 13. Established career-highs with 10 free throws made and 12 free throws attempted. Tied his career high with 12 rebounds. Recorded his 10th career double-double. Scored 12 points in 31 minutes against Chicago State on Dec. 17.
GRANT RICE: He has appeared in seven games and is averaging 0.6 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. Recorded 2 steals in 14 minutes against Rhode Island on Dec. 13.
DONOVAN STEWART: He has appeared in seven games and is averaging 10.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. Shooting .518 from the field (29-for-56). Shooting .500 from 3-point range (7-for-14). 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. In his first career start against Chicago State on Dec. 17, he pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Has scored in double figures in 3 of 7 games.
KEON COUNTDOWN (4 GAMES): The senior All-American center will return to action against Tulane on Sunday, Jan. 4.
SIMMONS COUNTDOWN (7 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: