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Dec. 23, 1997

Runnin' Rebels Cruise Past UC Irvine, 77-55

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senior Corky Ausborne scored 14 points, including his first dunk, to lead UNLV to a 77-55 win Tuesday over UC Irvine before a crowd of 12,913.

Ausborne's dunk at the 5:37 mark put UNLV (5-4) ahead 25-20. He also had four, three-pointers with one at 14:48 to go putting UNLV ahead for good 47-39

Kaspars Kambala also had 14 points for UNLV and Tyrone Nesby had 13.

UC Irvine (2-7) kept it close in the first half with Ben Jones scoring 13 of his 15 points in the first. Jason Flowers had 8 of his 10 points in the first half. Juma Jackson added 11 points.

UNLV took advantage of turnovers in the second half, pushing the lead to 59-44 with 7:36 left on a steal and fast break by Mark Dickel. At 4:03 to go UNLV led 69-52 with a tip-in by Issiah Epps.

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