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Nov. 21, 1997

UNLV Falls to Kansas in Preseason NIT

LAWRENCE, Kansas - Paul Pierce scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half as fourth-ranked continued its dominance in the Preseason NIT under coach Roy Williams with a 92-68 thrashing of undermanned UNLV in the second round of the tournament.

Billy Thomas added 17 points for the Jayhawks (4-0), who will play the winner of the Cincinnati-Arizona State game in Wednesday's semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York. Kansas also extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 48 games.

The Jayhawks, who won the Preseason NIT in 1989 and 1993, are 10-0 in this event under Williams. Overall, Kansas is 13-1 in the Preseason NIT.

Tyrone Nesby scored 23 points and freshman Kaspars Kambala added 17 for UNLV (2-1), which was without starting forward Kevin Simmons and center Keon Clark. They were suspended by the NCAA for 14 and 11 games, respectively, for accepting airline tickets purchased with money from an agent.

Kansas has won both meetings between the schools.

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