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Dec. 21, 1997

UNLV To Host UC Irvine on Tuesday; 11th-Ranked UCLA on Saturday

LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 4-4, will face UC Irvine on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 7:35 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500). The Runnin' Rebels then will face 11th-ranked UCLA on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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 Tuesday's game will begin at 7 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: Tuesday's game will be televised on FOX Sports West 2.

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 shows 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.

UC IRVINE ANTEATERS (2-5)              
No. Name            Pos. Ht.   Cl.  Ppg   Rpg    
42  Adam Stetson     F   6-7   So.  11.7  4.1
45  Ben Jones        F   6-7   Fr.  9.9   5.6
52  Wendell Robinson C   6-8   Sr.  17.0  9.0
12  Junior Bond      G   5-8   Jr.  7.1   1.7 apg
11  Malachi Edmond   G   6-0   Fr.  5.3   2.4        
UNLV RUNNIN' REBELS (4-4)
                    Pos. Ht.   Cl.  Ppg   Rpg
33  Tyrone Nesby     F   6-6   Sr.  19.3  7.4
14  Donovan Stewart  F   6-4   Fr.  10.6  3.9    
34  Kaspars Kambala  C   6-9   Fr.  18.9  12.0           
11  Mark Dickel      G   6-1   So.  8.5   4.9 apg
24  Greedy Daniels   G   6-0   Fr.  7.6   4.4

PROMOTIONS: 5,000 All Sport Squeeze Bottles will be given away at Tuesday night's game.

UC IRVINE: The Anteaters are 2-5 on the season. The following is UCI's game results:

San Francisco L 75-59    Oregon State L 65-43
Pepperdine L 50-46       San Diego State L 69-66
Chico State W 74-66      Portland W 67-61
Utah L 83-45             at NAU (Dec. 21)

THE SERIES: UNLV leads the series against UC Irvine 30-9. UNLV defeated UC Irvine 69-59 last season (Dec. 7, 1996) at Irvine, Calif. UNLV is 18-1 all-time at home against UCI. The only loss was 99-92 on Feb. 15, 1986.

UNLV vs. BIG WEST: The Runnin' Rebels have an all-time record of 244-69 (.779) vs. the Big West. UNLV was a member of the Big West for 14 seasons (1982-96). UNLV captured 10 regular season championships and 7 conference tournament championships.

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.

LUNCHEON SCHEDULE:

Tues., Jan. 6    Tues., Feb. 3
Tues., Jan. 13   Tues., Feb. 10
Tues., Jan. 20   Tues., Feb. 17
Tues., Jan. 27   Tues., Feb. 24    

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

                         UNLV   UCI
Points per game          76.5  57.1    
Opp. points per game     75.6  67.0
Margin                   +0.9  -9.9
Rebounds per game        40.1  27.6
Opp. rebounds per game   40.5  35.4    
Margin                   -0.4  -7.8    
Field goal pct.          .420  .400    
Opp. field goal pct.     .438  .482
3-Pt. FG pct.            .342  .289    
Free throw pct.          .667  .757    
Opp. free throw pct.     .678  .574    
Turnovers per game       13.8  17.3    
Opp. turnovers per game  14.8  17.0    
Turnover margin          +1.0  -0.3

INJURY UPDATE: Senior guard Corky Ausborne has a severely sprained right thumb. He played in UNLV's last game against Syracuse on Saturday.

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 36-30 (.545). 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.

UC IRVINE HEAD COACH PAT DOUGLASS: He is in his first season at UC Irvine and his record is 2-5 and career record over 17 seasons is 378-123.

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 364 games played (counting 8 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 377. 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 3-1 at home this season and are 28-10 (.737) 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 189-28 (.871). UNLV is also 19-4 over its last 23 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 11th-ranked UCLA on Saturday, Dec. 27, and the homestand concludes on Tuesday, Dec. 30, against Nevada, Reno.

SCHEDULE AND NOTES: UNLV will now face five teams ranked in the polls.: #3Kansas, #6 Utah, #12 New Mexico, #14 UCLA, #25 Syracuse...UNLV's Tyrone Nesby became the first UNLV player to foul out this season in the game against Syracuse on Saturday...the 37 point victory over Chicago State on Dec. 17 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 seven games and is averaging 9.9 points and 3.6 rebounds. Shooting .400 from 3-point range (18-for-45). 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 the game against Chicago State (Dec. 17). He came back and scored 6 points (2-for-5 3's) in 25 minutes against No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20.

GREEDY DANIELS: He has appeared in eight games and is averaging 7.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists. Team-leader with 19 steals and second with 32 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 eight games and is averaging 8.5 points. Team-leader with 39 assists (4.9 average) and second on team with 256 minutes played (32.0). Shooting .828 (24-for-29) 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. Played 9 minutes against No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20.

KASPARS KAMBALA: The freshman has recorded 7 out of 8 double-doubles, including four straight. He is averaging 18.9 points and 12.0 rebounds in 250 minutes (31.3 average). Shooting .532 from the field (50-for-94) and .718 from the line (51-for-71).
KASPARS' DOUBLE-DOUBLES:

OPPONENT                 PTS              REB(O/D)
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)
Rhode Island (12-13)     16 (6-for-13 FG) 12 (9/3)
Chicago State (12-17)   *24 (7-for-11 FG)*16 (10/6)
No. 25 Syracuse (12-20)  23 (6-for-11 FG) 15 (7/8)
*season highs

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. He was 10-for-14 from the line against Chicago State on Dec. 17. Season high with 14 FT attempts. Scored 23 points and pulled down 15 rebounds against No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20. He had a season high 11 free throws made. He is averaging 23.5 points and 15.6 rebounds, .778 from the line (21-for-27) over his last two games. He has scored in double figures in all eight games and 20 or more points 4 times. 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. Played 18 minutes against No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20 and had two rebounds.

TYRONE NESBY: He has appeared in eight games and is the team's leading scorer with a 19.3 average and minutes played with 274 (34.3 average). Second on the team with a 7.4 rebound average. Has scored 20 or more points in five games this season and 15 times in his career. Has scored in double figures in 36 of 40 career games and 13 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. Scored 20 points (8-for-15 FG) and had 8 rebounds in 32 minutes against No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20.

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 eight games and is averaging 10.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. Shooting .523 from the field (34-for-65). Shooting .438 from 3-point range (7-for-16. 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. Scored 11 points in 23 minutes against No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20. Has scored in double figures in 4 of 8 games.

KEON COUNTDOWN (3 GAMES): The senior All-American center will return to action against Tulane on Sunday, Jan. 4.

SIMMONS COUNTDOWN (6 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:    4-4
Home:    3-1
Road:    1-3
Neutral:    0-0
WAC    0-0
WAC Home:    0-0
WAC Road:    0-0
Vs. Conference USA:    0-0
Vs. Atlantic 10:    0-1
Vs. Big East:    0-1
Vs. Big Ten:    0-1
Vs. Big 12:    0-1
Vs. Big West:    0-0
Vs. Mid-American:    1-0
Vs. Mid-Continent Conference:    1-0
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:    4-1
When Tied at halftime:    0-0
When trailing at halftime:    0-3
When outrebounding the opponent:    3-1
When tied in rebounding with opponent:    0-1
When opponent outrebounds UNLV:    1-2
When have less turnovers than opponent:    3-0
When have more turnovers than opponent:    1-4
When shooting better from the field:    3-1
When shooting worse from the field:    1-3
When shooting better at the free throw line:    2-2
When shooting worse at the free throw line:    2-2
When taking more shots than the opponent:    2-1
When taking fewer shots than the opponent:    2-3
When shooting more 3-pointers:    1-1
When shooting fewer 3-pointers:    3-3
When shooting the same 3-pointers:    0-0
When taking more free throws:    4-3
When taking fewer free throws:    0-1
When shooting better than 50 percent from field:     1-0
When shooting less than 50 percent from field:    3-4
When scoring more than 100 points:    0-0
When Scoring 90-100 points:    1-0
When Scoring 80-90 points:    3-0
When Scoring 70-80 points:    0-1
When Scoring less than 70 points:    0-3
When opposition scores more than 80 points:    1-3
When opposition scores less than 80 points:    3-1
In games decided by less than four points:    0-0
In games decided by 4-10 points:    1-1
In games decided by 10+ points:    3-3

 
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