Dec. 24, 1997
UNLV Runnin' Rebels Host Ninth-Ranked UCLA on Saturday
Rebels to Retire the Jerseys of Theus & Gondrezick
LAS VEGAS, NEV: The UNLV Runniní Rebels, 5-4, will face ninth-ranked UCLA on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 9:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500). UNLV will retire the jerseys of #23 Reggie Theus and #25 Glen Gondrezick at halftime of Saturdayís game.
All Runniní Rebel games will be carried live on KXNT AM-840. Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick will call the action. The pregame show for Saturdayís game will begin at 9 p.m. Fans can now bring their radio to the game and tune in to KXNTís radio broadcast inside the Thomas & Mack Center on 99.5 FM.
TELEVISION: Saturdayís game will be televised on ESPN. Joel Meyers and Terry Gannon will call the action.
RADIO/TV SHOW INFO: ìGame Time with UNLV Hoopsî 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.
ìThe Bill Bayno Radio Showî 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. 29 and Tuesday, Jan. 6.
In addition, every Runniní Rebel game can be heard live on Teamline by calling (800) 846-4700. The Runniní Rebel team access code is 1094. Also, Runniní Rebel basketball radio broadcasts can be heard on the net: www.audionet.com
PROMOTIONS: 2,500 UNLV caps, sponsored by Nextlink, and 2,500 Cool Millions Cups will be given away at Saturdayís game.
UCLA: The Bruins are 7-1 on the season, including a seven-game winning streak. The following is UCLAís game results:
THE SERIES: UCLA leads the series against UNLV 2-0. UCLA defeated UNLV 108-83 on Dec. 4, 1993, at Pauley Pavilion and 89-82 on Dec. 23, 1995, at Thomas & Mack Center. In that game, Clayton Johnson led UNLV with 26 points and Damian Smith added 21. Warren Rosegreen recorded a double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds. J.R. Henderson led UCLA with 25 points and Toby Bailey added 18.
UNLV vs. PAC-10: The Runniní Rebels have an all-time record of 18-10 (.643) vs. the PAC-10. UNLV is 0-2 vs. UCLA and the remaining teams include: Arizona (9-4), Arizona State (0-1), California (1-0), Oregon (1-1), Oregon State (2-0), USC (2-2), Stanford (1-0), Washington (1-0), Washington State (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 teamís 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: Hereís a look at UCLA and UNLVís statistical comparison in 1997-98.
UNLV vs. UC IRVINE RECAP: UNLV defeated UC Irvine 77-55 on Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV took a 32-29 lead to the locker room at intermission. UC Irvine led 20-16 on a 3-pointer by forward Ben Jones with 9:03 left in the half. UNLV then outscored UCI 9-0 and led 25-20 on a basket by senior guard Corky Ausborne with 5:40 left in the half. In the second half, UCI hung close to UNLV. The Anteaters trailed 47-43 with 12:17 left. UNLV went on a 12-1 run over 4:28 to lead 59-44 with 7:49 left. UNLV outscored UC Irvine 45-26 in the second half. Ausborne led UNLV with 14 points, tying his career high with 4 3-pointers made. Freshman center Kaspars Kambala added 14 and 9 rebounds. Senior forward Tyrone Nesby added 13 and sophomore center Issiah Epps had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Jones led UC Irvine with 15 points and forward Juma Jackson added 11 points and 6 rebounds. UNLV shot .481 from the field (25-for-52) and UC Irvine shot .344 (21-for-61). UNLV shot .786 from the line (22-for-28). UNLV outrebounded UC Irvine 40-30.
RUNNINí REBEL HEAD COACH BILL BAYNO: He is in his third season as the head coach of the UNLV Runniní Rebels. He is UNLVís 10th head coach in the 40-year history of Rebel basketball. He has a career record of 37-30 (.552). 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.
UCLA HEAD COACH STEVE LAVIN: He is in his second season at UCLA and his record is 31-9 (.775).
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 365 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 378. The last time the Runniní Rebels failed to make at least one 3-pointer came against Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986.
HOME RECORD: UNLV is 4-1 at home this season and are 29-10 (.744) 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 190-28 (.872). UNLV is also 20-4 over its last 24 home games.
RUNNINí 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 Runniní 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 will conclude its five-game homestand on Tuesday, Dec. 30, against Nevada, Reno. UNLV will travel to New Orleans to face Tulane on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. (PST) on ESPN2.
SCHEDULE AND NOTES: UNLV will now face five teams ranked in the polls.: #3Kansas, #6 Utah, #9 UCLA, #12 New Mexico, #25 Syracuse...UNLVís Tyrone Nesby became the first UNLV player to foul out this season in the game against Syracuse on Dec. 20...the 37 point victory over Chicago State on Dec. 17 is the largest margin of victory since UNLVís 80-47 win over Wyoming on Feb. 1, 1997, at the Thomas & Mack Center...UNLV shot .481 from the field against UC Irvine on Tuesday, its best performance since shooting .527 from the field (29-for-55) against Eastern Michigan on Nov. 19...UNLV has four players averaging in double figures: Nesby (18.6), Kambala (18.3), Stewart and Ausborne (10.4).
UNLV TO RETIRE BASKETBALL JERSEYS OF GONDREZICK AND THEUS THIS SATURDAY: 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 Runniní 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 Runniní Rebels compiled an overall record of 29-3 and advanced to the schoolís 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 Runniní 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) - womenís 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 eight games and is averaging 10.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. Shooting .423 from 3-point range (22-for-52). 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 3ís) in 25 minutes against No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20. He scored 14 points (4-for-7 3ís) and tied his career-high with 4 3-pointers made against UC Irvine on Dec. 23.
GREEDY DANIELS: He has appeared in nine games and is averaging 8.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Team-leader with 22 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. Scored 11 points, dished out 5 assists and had 3 steals in 29 minutes against UC Irvine on Dec. 23.
MARK DICKEL: He has appeared in nine games and is averaging 8.4 points. Team-leader with 43 assists (4.8 average) and second on team with 285 minutes played (31.7). Shooting .848 (28-for-33) 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). Scored 8 points and dished out 4 assists in 29 minutes against UC Irvine on Dec. 23.
ISSIAH EPPS: He has appeared in three games and is averaging 4.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. Appeared in his first game as a Runniní 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. Scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds with 5 blocked shots in 18 minutes against UC Irvine on Dec. 23.
KASPARS KAMBALA: The freshman has recorded 7 out of 9 double-doubles. He is averaging 18.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in 274 minutes (30.4 average). Shooting .540 from the field (54-for-100) and .731 from the line (57-for-78).
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. Scored 14 points and pulled down 9 rebounds against UC Irvine on Dec. 23. He is averaging 20.3 points and 13.3 rebounds, .794 from the line (27-for-34) over his last three games. He has scored in double figures in all nine 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 has appeared in three games and is averaging 4.0 points. Appeared in his first game as a Runniní 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 nine games and is the teamís leading scorer with a 18.6 average and minutes played with 309 (34.3 average). Second on the team with a 7.0 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 37 of 41 career games and 14 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 nine games and is averaging 10.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. Shooting .507 from the field (36-for-71). 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. Scored 9 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in 28 minutes against UC Irvine on Dec. 23. He has started the last three games, averaging 9.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Has scored in double figures in 4 of 9 games.
KEON COUNTDOWN (2 GAMES): The senior All-American center will return to action against Tulane on Sunday, Jan. 4.
SIMMONS COUNTDOWN (5 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.
THE NET: The UNLV athletic departmentís official home page is http://www.unlvrebels.com