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Dec. 28, 1997

Runnin' Rebels Conclude Five-Game Homestand Against Nevada, Reno

LAS VEGAS, NEV: The UNLV Runniní Rebels, 5-5, will conclude its five-game homestand against Nevada, Reno on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 7:35 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500). UNLV is 2-2 on the homestand, defeating Chicago State and UC Irvine and losing to No. 25 Syracuse and No. 9 UCLA.

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 Tuesdayís game will begin at 7 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.

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

LINEUPS: Hereís a glance at the possible starters for each team.

UNR WOLF PACK (4-4)              
No.    Name           Pos.   Ht.    Cl.    Ppg    Rpg    
20    David Morgan     F    6-10    Sr..    9.3    9.3
44    Paul Culbertson  F     6-6    Sr.    20.4    3.3
52    Steve Pienkoski  C    6-10    Sr.     5.0    5.1
 4    Robin Kennedy    G    5-11    Jr.    15.8    6.9 apg
 3    Jimmy Carroll    G     6-6    Sr.    13.5    3.7       
UNLV (5-5)            Pos.   Ht.    Cl.    Ppg      Rpg
33    Tyrone Nesby     F     6-6    Sr.    19.2     7.5
14    Donovan Stewart  F     6-4    Fr.     9.8     4.8    
34    Kaspars Kambala  C     6-9    Fr.    17.1    11.5           
11    Mark Dickel      G     6-1    So.     7.9     4.6 apg
24    Greedy Daniels   G     6-0    Fr.     7.8     4.1

PROMOTIONS: Water Mugs, compliments of the Southern Nevada Water Authority will be given away at Tuesdayís game.

UNR WOLF PACK: UNR is 4-4 on the season.
Weber State    W 96-83
CS Stanislaus  W 102-67
Portland       W 72-64
Baylor         W 70-57
Colorado State L 63-60
Wisconsin      L 62-53
Oregon         L 86-69
Texas Tech     L  99-94 (OT)

THE SERIES: UNLV leads the series against UNR 43-15. UNR defeated UNLV 78-69 last season (Dec. 14, 1996) at the Lawlor Events Center. UNLV has an all-time home record of 24-4 and 19-11 away against UNR.

UNLV vs. BIG WEST: The Runniní Rebels have an all-time record of 245-69 (.780) 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 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.

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: Hereís a look at UNR and UNLVís statistical comparison in 1997-98.

                        UNLV     UNR
Points per game         74.6     77.0    
Opp. points per game    72.5     72.6
Margin                  +2.1     +4.4
Rebounds per game       41.6     36.8
Opp. rebounds per game  40.2     36.0    
Margin                  +1.4     +0.8    
Field goal pct.         .413     .472    
Opp. field goal pct.    .423     .400
3-Pt. FG pct.           .314     .380    
Free throw pct.         .663     .740    
Opp. free throw pct.    .648     .689    
Turnovers per game      14.1     17.0    
Opp. turnovers per game 15.0     13.9    
Turnover margin         +0.9     -3.1

UNLV vs. UCLA RECAP: Ninth-ranked UCLA defeated UNLV 65-57 on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. UCLA never trailed in the game and the Bruins raced out to a 23-7 lead with 11:55 left in the first half. UNLV went on a 12-5 run and trailed 28-19 with 5:19 left in the half. Both teams had cold shooting nights from the field. UCLA shot .381 from the field (24-for-63) and UNLV shot .324 (24-for-74). The Bruins led 37-26 at the half. UCLA scored the first six points of the second half to lead 43-26 at the 18:31 mark. UCLA held a 18-point lead at 50-32 with 12:19 left. UNLV, trailing 57-43 with 5:52 left, scored eight straight points and trailed 57-51 on a basket by senior forward Tyrone Nesby with 1:56 left. UNLV trailed 59-53 on another basket by Nesby (1:27) but couldnít get any closer as UCLA won its eighth straight game on the season. Guard Toby Bailey led UCLA with 17 points and center J.R. Henderson added 13 with a game-high 14 rebounds. Guard Baron Davis had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Nesby was the only UNLV player to score in double figures. He recorded his 11th career double-double with a game-high 25 points and 12 rebounds, which tied his career-high. Freshman center Kaspars Kambala added 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. UCLA shot .571 from the free throw line (12-for-21) and UNLV .412 (7-for-17). UNLV outrebounded UCLA 55-48. A season-high crowd of 17,490 attended the game.

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 37-31 (.544). 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.

UNR HEAD COACH PAT FOSTER: He is in his fifth season at UNR and his record is 70-55 (.560) and career record over 18 seasons is 346-177 (.662).

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 366 games played (counting 10 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 379. 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 4-2 at home this season and are 29-11 (.725) 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 190-29 (.868). UNLV is also 20-5 over its last 25 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.

NEXT UP: UNLV will travel to New Orleans to face Tulane on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 6:30 p.m. (PST) on ESPN2. UNLV will open its second WAC season against Air Force on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7:35 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.

SCHEDULE AND NOTES: UNLV will 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...the crowd of 17,490 for the UCLA-UNLV game on Dec. 27, was the largest crowd since 18,024 attended UNLVís 78-64 victory over Fresno State on Feb. 17, 1997.

UNLV RETIRED THE BASKETBALL JERSEYS OF GONDREZICK AND THEUS ON DEC. 27, 1997: UNLV retired 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. A season-high crowd of 17,490 was on hand for the UCLA-UNLV game. 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 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 nine games and is averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. Shooting .397 from 3-point range (23-for-58). 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.

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. Has scored in double figures in 5 of 9 games.

KEON CLARK: The senior center will return to action on Sunday, Jan. 4, against Tulane. Preseason honors include: first-team All-American by Sport Magazine; second-team All-American by Basketball Weekly; third-team All-American by Dick Vitale; Naismith College Player of the Year Candidate and listed as a candidate for the John R. Wooden Award.

GREEDY DANIELS: He has appeared in 10 games and is averaging 7.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Team-leader with 23 steals and second with 39 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 three categories (pts-rebs, steals). 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 10 games and is averaging 7.9 points. Team-leader with 46 assists (4.6 average) and second on team with 306 minutes played (30.6). Shooting .806 (29-for-36) 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 four games and is averaging 4.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots. Team-leader with 12 blocked shots. 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. Pulled down 7 rebounds and had 4 blocked shots in 19 minutes against No. 9 UCLA on Dec. 27. Averaging 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks over his last two games.

KASPARS KAMBALA: The freshman has recorded 7 out of 10 double-doubles. He is averaging 17.1 points and 11.5 rebounds in 303 minutes (30.3 average). Shooting .533 from the field (57-for-107) and .713 from the line (57-for-80). He has recorded 10 or more rebounds in 8 of 10 games.

KASPARSí 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. Scored 14 points and pulled down 9 rebounds against UC Irvine on Dec. 23. Recorded 10 rebounds in 29 minutes against No. 9 UCLA on Dec. 27. He is shooting .750 from the line (27-for-36) over his last four games. He has scored in double figures in 9 of 10 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 four games and is averaging 4.3 points. Shooting .400 (4-for-10) from 3-point range. 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. Scored 5 points in 14 minutes against No. 9 UCLA on Dec. 27.

TYRONE NESBY: He has appeared in 10 games and is the teamís leading scorer with a 19.2 average and minutes played with 346 (34.6 average). Second on the team with a 7.5 rebound average. Has scored 20 or more points in six games this season and 16 times in his career. Has scored in double figures in 38 of 42 career games and 15 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. Registered his 11th career double-double against No. 9 UCLA on Dec. 27. Tied his season-high with 25 points and tied his career-high with 12 rebounds in 38 minutes against the Bruins. Also established a career-high with 29 field goal attempts.

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 10 games and is averaging 9.8 points and 4.8 rebounds. Shooting .481 from the field (38-for-79). 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 four games, averaging 8.0 points and 7.3 rebounds.

SIMMONS COUNTDOWN (4 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.

RUNNINí REBEL BREAKDOWN:
Overall: 5-5
Home: 4-2
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: 1-0
Vs. Mid-American: 1-0
Vs. Mid-Continent Conference: 1-0
Vs. Pacific-10 Conference: 1-1
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: 5-1
When Tied at halftime: 0-0
When trailing at halftime: 0-4
When outrebounding the opponent: 4-2
When tied in rebounding with opponent: 0-1
When opponent outrebounds UNLV: 1-2
When have less turnovers than opponent: 4-0
When tied in turnovers with opponent: 0-1
When have more turnovers than opponent: 1-4
When shooting better from the field: 4-1
When shooting worse from the field: 1-4
When shooting better at the free throw line: 3-2
When shooting worse at the free throw line: 2-3
When taking more shots than the opponent: 2-2
When taking fewer shots than the opponent: 3-3
When shooting more 3-pointers: 1-2
When shooting fewer 3-pointers: 4-3
When shooting the same 3-pointers: 0-0
When taking more free throws: 5-3
When taking fewer free throws: 0-2
When shooting better than 50 percent from field: 1-0
When shooting less than 50 percent from field: 4-5
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: 1-1
When Scoring less than 70 points: 0-4
When opposition scores more than 80 points: 1-3
When opposition scores less than 80 points: 4-2
In games decided by less than four points: 0-0
In games decided by 4-10 points: 1-2
In games decided by 10+ points: 4-3

 
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