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Jan. 6, 1998

UNLV Runnin' Rebels Host Air Force on Saturday in WAC Opener

Travel to No. 10 New Mexico And UTEP Next Week

LAS VEGAS, Nev.- The UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 7-5, will host Air Force on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7:35 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500). Saturday's game marks UNLV's second season in the WAC.

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 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.

Bayno Photo
Bill Bayno is in his third season as the head coach of the Runnin' Rebels

TELEVISION: Saturday's game will be televised by FOX Sports West 2. Dave McCann and Reggie Theus 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 shows will be Tuesday, Jan. 6 and 13.

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.

AIR FORCE FALCONS (6-4, 0-1)              
No. Name            Pos.   Ht.   Cl.   Ppg   Rpg 
15  Louis Stewart     F   6-6    Jr.  10.1   3.3
44  Billy Humphrey    F   6-6    So.   5.1   3.2
42  Mike Freeman      C   6-9    Sr.  13.5   6.4
14  Jarmica Reese     G   6-3    Sr.  22.5   4.9
 4  Miguel Garcia     G   6-5    So.   4.0   3.4 apg      
UNLV RUNNIN' REBELS (7-5, 0-0)  
No. Name            Pos.   Ht.   Cl.   Ppg   Rpg
33  Tyrone Nesby      F   6-6    Sr.  18.3   6.9 
34  Kaspars Kambala   F   6-9    Fr.  16.8  10.9
15  Keon Clark        C   6-11   Sr.  20.0   6.0           
 0  Corky Ausborne    G   6-2    Sr.   9.4   3.2
24  Greedy Daniels    G   6-0    Fr.   7.2   3.9 apg
AIR FORCE: The Falcons are 6-4 on the season.
Doane            W 124-57  Denver  W 95-65
Regis            W  72-65  Colo.-C.Springs W 90-74
Navy             W  64-63  New Mexico  L 92-59
Bucknell         L  68-61  San Diego State L 84-81
Cal Poly SLO     W 100-90  at Wofford (Jan. 7)
Texas-Arlington  L  73-66  at UNLV (Jan. 10)

THE SERIES: UNLV leads the series against Air Force 4-1. UNLV defeated Air Force twice last season in UNLV's inaugural WAC campaign. UNLV won 72-59 on Jan. 25, 1997, in Colorado Springs and 87-72 on Feb. 20, 1997, in Las Vegas. UNLV is 3-0 lifetime vs. Air Force in Las Vegas.

UNLV vs. WAC: The Runnin' Rebels have an all-time record of 133-43 (.756) vs. the WAC (which includes Fresno State and San Jose State from the Big West). UNLV compiled an overall record of 11-5 in the WAC's Pacific Division last season. The Runnin' Rebels are now a member of the Mountain Division (Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, Texas-El Paso, Utah, Wyoming).

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 Air Force and UNLV's statistical comparison in 1997-98.

                          UNLV         AFA
Points per game           73.8        81.2    
Opp. points per game      69.7        72.0
Margin                    +4.1        +9.2
Rebounds per game         41.5        37.9
Opp. rebounds per game    39.8        33.0    
Margin                    +1.7        +4.9    
Field goal pct.           .417        .517    
Opp. field goal pct.      .406        .434
3-Pt. FG pct.             .301        .500    
Free throw pct.           .677        .653    
Opp. free throw pct.      .653        .692    
Turnovers per game        14.8        16.7    
Opp. turnovers per game   15.3        13.0    
Turnover margin           +0.5        -3.7

UNLV vs. TULANE RECAP: UNLV defeated Tulane 77-61 on Sunday night in New Orleans, La. The game marked the return of senior center Keon Clark. UNLV led for practically the entire game. Senior forward Tyrone Nesby's basket gave UNLV a 8-7 lead with 16:20 left in the first half. UNLV led the rest of the way. A 14-2 UNLV run increased its lead to 20-9 with 13:45 left in the half. UNLV led 40-25 at halftime as senior guard Corky Ausborne connected on three 3-pointers. UNLV led by 18 points on four occasions in the second half. UNLV, leading 60-46, was outscored 7-0 and Tulane trailed 60-53 with 7:10 left. UNLV's preseason All-American Clark took over the game and secured the win. Keon scored five straight points which increased UNLV's lead to 65-53 with 6:19 to play. Clark scored a game-high 20 points, 17 of which came in the second half. Freshman forward Kaspars Kambala added 14, Ausborne had 12 and Nesby 11. Freshman point guard Greedy Daniels and sophomore point guard Mark Dickel each had six assists. Guard Byron Mouton and forward Ted Kritza led Tulane with 11 points each. UNLV shot a season-high .540 from the field (27-for-50) and Tulane shot .323 from the field (21-for-65). UNLV shot .720 from the line (.720) and Tulane shot .750 (15-for-20). UNLV shot .333 from 3-point range (5-for-15) and Tulane shot .160 (4-for-25).

Clark Photo
Keon Clark scored a game-high 20 points against Tulane.
(File photo)

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 39-31 (.557). 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.

AIR FORCE HEAD COACH REGGIE MINTON: He is in his 14th season at Air Force and his record is 128-248 and career record over 15 seasons is 139-263.

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 368 games played (counting 12 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 381. 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 5-2 at home this season and are 30-11 (.732) 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 191-29 (.868). UNLV is also 21-5 over its last 26 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.

NEXT UP: UNLV will travel to No. 10 New Mexico on Thursday, Jan. 15 and to Texas-El Paso on Saturday, Jan. 17.

NATIONALLY RANKED SCHEDULE: UNLV faces SEVEN teams ranked in the polls.: #3 Utah, #4 Kansas, #10 New Mexico, #12 UCLA, #18 Michigan, #19 Syracuse, #25 Rhode Island.

NOTES: Tyrone Nesby became the only 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 UNLV's 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 UNLV's 78-64 victory over Fresno State on Feb. 17, 1997...UNLV shot a season-high .540 from the field (27-for-50) against Tulane on Jan. 4...UNLV is shooting .718 from the free throw line (84-for-117) over the last four games.

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 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 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 11 games and is averaging 9.4 points and 3.2 rebounds. Shooting .400 from 3-point range (28-for-70). 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 3's) in 25 minutes against No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20. He scored 14 points (4-for-7 3's) and tied his career-high with 4 3-pointers made against UC Irvine on Dec. 23. Scored 12 points in 31 minutes against Tulane on Jan. 4. Once again tied his career-high with 4 3-pointers made (9 attempts). Has scored in double figures in 6 of 11 games.

KEON CLARK: 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. He returned to action against Tulane on Jan. 4. He scored 20 points (8-for-11 FG), 17 in the second half, in 31 minutes.

GREEDY DANIELS: He has appeared in 12 games and is averaging 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists. Team-leader with 25 steals and second with 47 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. Scored 6 points, 2 steals and dished out 6 assists in his second start at the point guard position against Tulane on Jan. 4.

MARK DICKEL: He has appeared in 12 games and is averaging 7.3 points. Team-leader with 56 assists (4.7 average) and third on team with 362 minutes played (30.2). Shooting .745 (35-for-47) 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. Scored 5 points with 5 rebounds and 4 assists against UNR on Dec. 30. Had only 1 turnover in 31 minutes. He dished out 6 assists with 2 steals in 26 minutes against Tulane on Jan. 4.

ISSIAH EPPS: He has appeared in six games and is averaging 6.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots. Team-leader with 15 blocked shots. 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. 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. Recorded his first collegiate double-double (in his first start) with 14 points (6-for-9 FG) and 13 rebounds against UNR on Dec. 30. Scored 8 points and had 4 rebounds in 22 minutes against Tulane on Jan. 4.

KASPARS KAMBALA: The freshman has recorded 8 out of 12 double-doubles. He is averaging 16.8 points and 10.9 rebounds in 365 minutes (30.4 average). Shooting .525 from the field (63-for-120) and .758 from the line (75-for-99). He has recorded 10 or more rebounds in 9 of 12 games.

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)
Nevada, Reno (12-30)        16 (12-for-13 FT)   11 (5/6)
*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 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. Recorded his eighth double-double against UNR on Dec. 30 with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Season-high 12 free throws made in 13 attempts. Scored 14 points (6-for-6 FT) in 27 minutes against Tulane on Jan. 4. He has made 16 straight free throws over his last two games (18-for-19 overall) and is shooting .818 from the line (45-for-55) over his last six games. He has scored in double figures in 11 of 12 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 six games and is averaging 4.0 points. 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. Scored 5 points in 14 minutes against No. 9 UCLA on Dec. 27. Pulled down a season-high 5 rebounds in 26 minutes against UNR on Dec. 30. Scored 3 points (1-for-2 3's) in 9 minutes against Tulane on Jan. 4.

TYRONE NESBY: He has appeared in 12 games and is the team's leading scorer with a 18.3 average and minutes played with 409 (34.1 average). Second on the team with a 6.9 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 40 of 44 career games and 17 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 then-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. Scored 16 points (14 in the second half) in 30 minutes against UNR on Dec. 30. Scored 11 points (5-for-10 FG) and had 2 steals in 33 minutes against Tulane on Jan. 4.

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 12 games and is averaging 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds. Shooting .469 from the field (38-for-81). 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 then-No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20. Scored 9 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in 28 minutes against UC Irvine on Dec. 23. Started a total of four games (vs. Chicago State, Syracuse, UC Irvine, UCLA), and averaged 8.0 points and 7.3 rebounds.

SIMMONS COUNTDOWN (2 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:                                            7-5
Home:                                               5-2
Road:                                               2-3
Neutral:                                            0-0
WAC:                                                0-0
WAC Home:                                           0-0
WAC Road:                                           0-0
Vs. Conference USA:                                 1-0
Vs. Atlantic 10:                                    0-1
Vs. Big East:                                       0-1
Vs. Big Ten:                                        0-1
Vs. Big 12:                                         0-1
Vs. Big West:                                       2-0
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:                           7-1
When Tied at halftime:                              0-0
When trailing at halftime:                          0-4
When outrebounding the opponent:                    5-2
When tied in rebounding with opponent:              0-1
When opponent outrebounds UNLV:                     2-2
When have less turnovers than opponent:             4-0
When tied in turnovers with opponent:               1-1
When have more turnovers than opponent:             2-4
When shooting better from the field:                6-1
When shooting worse from the field:                 1-4
When shooting better at the free throw line:        4-2
When shooting worse at the free throw line:         3-3
When taking more shots than the opponent:           2-2
When taking fewer shots than the opponent:          5-3
When shooting more 3-pointers:                      1-2
When shooting fewer 3-pointers:                     6-3
When shooting the same 3-pointers:                  0-0
When taking more free throws:                       7-3
When taking fewer free throws:                      0-2
When shooting better than 50 percent from field:    2-0
When shooting less than 50 percent from field:      5-5
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:                          2-1
When Scoring less than 70 points:                   1-4
When opposition scores more than 80 points:         1-3
When opposition scores less than 80 points:         6-2
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:                     6-3

 
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