Dec. 2, 1997
Ausborne, Daniels Lead UNLV to Double-Digit Victory
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Senior Corky Ausborne's game-high 19 points and freshman Edwin "Greedy" Daniels' near double-double helped UNLV defeat Southern California 82-72 before 2,949 at the Sports Arena Tuesday.
The Runnin' Rebels improved to 3-1 on the year while the Trojans fell to 4-2.
With leading scorer Kaspars Kambala suffering from the flu and in early foul trouble, UNLV had to look to another scoring source and found it in two of the smallest players on the court. Six-foot-two Ausborne's career night included 4-of-7 shooting from behind the three-point line and six rebounds. Six-foot Daniels added a career-high 17 points ? 14 of which came in the second half -- nine rebounds, six assists and five steals.
"Greedy in the second half won the game for us," Head Coach Bill Bayno told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "The mark of a good team is its balance. We needed someone besides Tyrone (Nesby) and Kas to step up."
UNLV led nearly wire-to-wire but could not increase the bulge to more than six points in the first half and led 43-39 at the break. The Rebels went up 64-58 with just over 10 minutes to play in the second half before the Trojans went on an 8-1 run to take a 66-65 lead. Daniels, however, made a key steal and converted a layup to put UNLV up for good.
"I felt different in the second half," Daniels said. "I felt we needed a boost. I got in a rhythm and got stronger and stronger."
All five UNLV starters scored in double figures as Nesby finished with 14, Kambala 13, and guard Mark Dickel added 10. USC was led by Gary Johnson's 18 points while Shannon Swillis had a game-high 15 rebounds for the Trojans.
UNLV next travels to Michigan for a non-conference game Saturday at 10 a.m. PST.