Jan. 11, 1998
UNLV Runnin' Rebels Travel to No. 10 New Mexico and UTEP for WAC Games
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV Runniní Rebels, 8-5, will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to face No. 10 New Mexico on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6:05 p.m. (PST) at The Pit (18,018). UNLV then will travel to El Paso, Texas, to face UTEP on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 3:35 p.m. (PST) at Don Haskins Center (12,222).
All Runniní Rebel games will be carried live on KXNT AM-840. Dave McCann and Tony Cordasco will call the action on KXNT for Thursdayís game and Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick will call the action for Saturdayís game. 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: Thursdayís game will be televised by KUPN TV 21, Cable 2. Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick will call the action. Saturdayís game will be televised by ESPN2.
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 Tuesday, Jan. 13 and 20.
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.
TRAVEL ITINERARY: UNLV will depart for Albuquerque on Wednesday, Jan. 14, arriving at 3:30 p.m. The team will stay at the Marriott (505) 881-6800. UNLV will travel to El Paso on Friday, Jan. 16 and will stay at the Marriott (915) 779-3300. UNLV will return after Saturdayís game arriving in Las Vegas at 11:46 p.m.
THE SERIES: UNLV leads the series against New Mexico 7-5. UNLV defeated New Mexico 100-68 on Feb. 26, 1982, in the Las Vegas Convention Center in the last meeting between the two schools. UNLV has an all-time record of 3-3 at New Mexico. UNLV leads the series against UTEP 5-2. UNLV defeated UTEP 73-60 on March 7, 1984, in the NCAA West Sub-Regional in Salt Lake City in the last meeting between the two schools. UNLV has an all-time record of 2-1 at El Paso.
UNLV vs. WAC: The Runniní Rebels have an all-time record of 134-43 (.757) 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 WACís Pacific Division last season. The Runniní 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 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 New Mexico and UNLVís statistical comparison in 1997-98.
UNLV vs. AIR FORCE RECAP: UNLV defeated Air Force 88-77 on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in UNLVís WAC opener. UNLV jumped out to an 11-4 lead at the 12:50 mark. Air Force cut the lead to 16-15 on a basket by guard Jarmica Reese. Resseís 21 first half points kept the Falcons close. UNLV led 37-29 at halftime. In the second half, UNLV built a 12-point lead on three occasions (41-29, 45-33 and 48-36). Air Force cut UNLVís lead to 50-49 on a Reese 3-pointer with 9:58 left. Senior guard Corky Ausborne helped UNLV with 4 3-pointers over 5:52, giving UNLV a 71-60 lead with 4:06 left. Senior All-American center Keon Clark scored a career-high with 28 points in 33 minutes. Senior forward Tyrone Nesby added 24 and 7 rebounds and Ausborne had 14. Reese led Air Force with a game-high 40 points (16-for-32 FG). UNLV for the second straight game shot .540 from the field (27-for-50) and Air Force shot .409 (27-for-66). UNLV shot .767 from the line (23-for-30) and Air Force shot .650 (13-for-20). UNLV shot a season-high .524 (11-for-21) from 3-point range and a season-high 11 3-pointers made. UNLV scored 51 points in the second half, marking the first time this season that the team has scored 50 or more points in one half.
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 40-31 (.563). 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.
NEW MEXICO HEAD COACH DAVE BLISS: He is in his 10th season at New Mexico and his record is 208-93 and career record over 23 seasons is 427-256.
UTEP HEAD COACH DON HASKINS: He is in his 38th season and the 1997 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee has a career record of 700-330.
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 369 games played (counting 13 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 382. 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 6-2 at home this season and are 31-11 (.738) 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 192-29 (.869). UNLV is also 22-5 over its last 27 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 return home for a three-game homestand against BYU (Jan. 22), Utah on CBS (Jan. 24) and Chaminade (Jan. 26).
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 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 shot a season-high .540 from the field (27-for-50) against Tulane on Jan. 4 and Air Force (27-for-50) on Jan. 10....UNLV is shooting .728 from the free throw line (107-for-147) over the last five games...In two games this season, UNLV has recorded two players with 20 or more points: vs. Chicago State (Kaspars Kambala 24 and Mark Dickel 20); Air Force (Keon Clark 28 and Tyrone Nesby 24).
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 12 games and is averaging 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds. Shooting .410 from 3-point range (32-for-78). 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. Scored 12 points in 31 minutes Tulane on Jan. 4. Once again tied his career-high with 4 3-pointers made (9 attempts). He scored 14 points against Air Force on Jan. 10. For the fifth time this season, connected on 4 3-pointers. Shooting .471 (8-for-17) from 3-point range and averaging 13.0 points over his last two games. Has scored in double figures in 7 of 12 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. He scored a career-high 28 points (9-for-12 FG, 2-for-2 3PFG) in 33 minutes against Air Force on Jan. 10. Averaging 24.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in two games.
GREEDY DANIELS: He has appeared in 13 games and is averaging 7.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Team-leader with 29 steals and second with 53 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. Scored 7 points with 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals in 26 minutes against Air Force on Jan. 10.
MARK DICKEL: He has appeared in 13 games and is averaging 7.0 points. Team-leader with 59 assists (4.5 average) and third on team with 377 minutes played (29.0). Shooting .735 (36-for-49) 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 seven games and is averaging 5.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots. Team-leader with 20 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. 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. He pulled down 4 rebounds and had 5 blocked shots in 20 minutes against Air Force on Jan. 10.
KASPARS KAMBALA: The freshman has recorded 8 out of 13 double-doubles. He is averaging 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds in 391 minutes (30.1 average). Shooting .528 from the field (66-for-125) and .769 from the line (80-for-104). He has recorded 10 or more rebounds in 9 of 13 games.
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 21 straight free throws over his last three games (23-for-24 overall) and is shooting .833 from the line (50-for-60) over his last seven games. UNLV school record is 27 straight by Robert Smith from Dec. 1 through Dec. 22, 1976. He has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 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 seven games and is averaging 3.4 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. 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 3ís) in 9 minutes against Tulane on Jan. 4.
TYRONE NESBY: He has appeared in 13 games and is the teamís leading scorer with a 18.7 average and minutes played with 447 (34.4 average). Second on the team with a 6.9 rebound average. Has scored 20 or more points in seven games this season and 17 times in his career. Has scored in double figures in 41 of 45 career games and 18 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. Scored 24 points (8-for-14 FG, 4-for-5 3PFG) in 38 minutes against Air Force on Jan. 10. Shooting .542 (13-for-24) from the field over his last two games.
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 13 games and is averaging 7.5 points and 3.8 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 (1 GAME): 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.