Nov. 20, 1997
UNLV Defeats Eastern Michigan, 84-66
LAS VEGAS - UNLV defeated Eastern Michigan 84-66 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Chase NIT at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV and EMU played the experimental four quarters.
EMU led 20-19 after the first quarter. Senior guard Earl Boykins, who led the Eagles with a game-high 28 points, scored 7 in the first quarter. UNLV outscored EMU 19-17 in the second quarter and led 38-37 at halftime. Senior forward Tyrone Nesby, who scored a team-high 22 points for UNLV, had 13 at the half. A layup by UNLV's sophomore center Kaspars Kambala gave UNLV a 40-39 lead with 8:22 left in the third quarter.
UNLV would never trail the rest of the game. Nesby's 3-pointer pushed UNLV's lead to 55-48 with 39 seconds left in the quarter. UNLV increased the lead to 61-50 on another Nesby bucket and sophomore guard Mark Dickel's basket gave UNLV a commanding 63-50 lead with 6:48 left. Eastern Michigan cut the lead to nine at 73-64 on a jumper by Derrick Dial. UNLV then scored nine straight points to ice the game.
Kambala, the WAC's Mountain Division Player of the Week, registered his second double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Dickel played another solid game with 10 assists and had only 2 turnovers in 33 minutes. Freshman guard Greedy Daniels added 13 and senior Corky Ausborne added 12. Dial added 19 points for EMU. UNLV shot .527 from the field (29-for-55) and EMU shot .385 from the field (25-for-65). UNLV outrebounded EMU 38-34.