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Men's Basketball Earns Trip to NCAA Tournament

Rebels first appearance in the Big Dance since the 1991 Final Four

March 9, 1998

UNLV RUNNIN' REBELS - 1998 WAC TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

LAS VEGAS, NEV: The UNLV Runnin' Rebels, 20-12 overall and finished with a 7-7 record in the WAC's Mountain Division, won four games in five days in the WAC Tournament to earn the automatic NCAA bid. UNLV will face Princeton in the NCAA East Regional on Thursday, March 12, at 7:40 p.m. (EST) at the Hartford Civic Center.

All Runnin' Rebel games will be carried live on KXNT AM-840. Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick will call the action all season long. The pregame show for Thursday's game is 7 p.m. (EST)

TELEVISION: Thursday's game will televised by CBS.

RADIO/TV SHOW INFO: "Game Time with UNLV Hoops" 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.

"The Bill Bayno Radio Show" 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.

In addition every Runnin' Rebel game can be heard live on Teamline by calling (800) 846-4700. The Runnin' Rebel team access code is 1094. Also, Runnin' Rebel basketball radio broadcasts can be heard on the net: www.audionet.com

LINEUPS: Here's a glance at the possible starters for each team.

PRINCETON TIGERS (23-6)  
No. Name            Pos.Ht.     Cl.         Ppg         Rpg
32  Gabe Lewullis   F   6-6     Jr.         14.1        5.4
15  James Mastaglio F   6-4     Sr.         8.6         3.1
30  Steve Goodrich  C   6-10    Sr.         13.4         4.6
10  Brian Earl      G   6-2     Jr.         12.7        2.6
21  Mitch Henderson G   6-2     Sr.         8.7         4.6 apg

UNLV RUNNIN' REBELS (20-12) 
                    Pos.     Ht.Cl. Ppg     Rpg
33  Tyrone Nesby    F       6-6 Sr. 15.7    5.7 
  5 Kevin Simmons   F       6-8 Jr. 11.4    6.1
34  Kaspars Kambala C       6-9 Fr. 11.9    7.5 
  3 Brian Keefe     G       6-4 Jr. 7.5     1.7
11  Mark Dickel     G       6-1 So. 5.9     5.5 apg

PRINCETON: The Tigers are 26-1 overall and finished with a 14-0 record in the Ivy League.

Texas W 62-56           New Jersey W 59-50
N.C. State W 38-36      Cornell W 86-61
Rutgers W 64-52         Columbia  W 58-45
Monmouth  W 61-38       Dartmouth W 71-39
UNC Wilmington W 63-50  Harvard  W 76-48
Lafayette W 73-48       Brown W 82-58
Bucknell  W 64-52       Yale W 78-48
North Carolina L 50-42  Pennsylvania  W 71-52
Wake Forest  W 69-64    Harvard  W 77-55
Drexel W 58-56          Dartmouth  W 74-53
Niagara W 61-52         Columbia  W 51-37
Manhattan  W 77-48      Cornell  W 72-59
Yale  W 69-58           Pennsylvania  W 78-72
Brown W 69-38   

THE SERIES: UNLV leads the series against Princeton 2-0. UNLV defeated Princeton 68-56 on March 15, 1984, in the NCAA West Sub-Regional in Salt Lake City. UNLV then defeated Princeton 69-35 on Dec. 19, 1990, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

UNLV VS. IVY LEAGUE: UNLV has an all-time record of 2-0 against Ivy League teams. Princeton is the only opponent that UNLV has faced from the Ivy League.

UNLV vs. WAC: The Runnin' Rebels have an all-time record of 144-50 (.742) vs. the WAC (which includes Fresno State and San Jose State from the Big West). UNLV has compiled a two-year conference record of 18-12. UNLV was 11-5 in the Pacific Division last season and 7-7 in the Mountain Division this season. The Runnin' Rebels are now a member of the Mountain Division (Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, UNLV, Texas-El Paso, Utah, Wyoming).

A STATISTICAL COMPARISON: Here's a look at Princeton and UNLV's statistical comparison in 1997-98.

                           UNLV        PRINCETON
Points per game                 69.8        66.8    
Opp. points per game            66.5        50.9
Margin                          +3.3        +15.9
Rebounds per game               38.7        27.1
Opp. rebounds per game          37.6        29.1    
Margin                          +1.1        -0.2    
Field goal pct.                 .420        .500    
Opp. field goal pct.            .401        .408
3-Pt. FG pct.                   .342        .395    
Free throw pct.                 .655        .683    
Opp. free throw pct.            .670        .673    
Turnovers per game              13.7        10.4
Opp. turnovers per game         13.8        15.0    
Turnover margin                 +0.1        +4.6

WAC TOURNAMENT SUMMARY: The Runnin' Rebels won four games in five days to capture its first WAC Tournament Championship in just its second season in the WAC. UNLV's four victories were decided by a total of 5.5 points. Three straight games against No. 5 Utah, Fresno State and No. 20 New Mexico, saw fans pour on to the court at the Thomas & Mack Center in front of national ESPN audiences. The Runnin' Rebels began its drive to the NCAA Tournament with a 64-59 victory over Hawai'i on Tuesday, March 3. Brian Keefe led UNLV with 19 points, 14 in the first half. Tyrone Nesby added 17 points and 8 rebounds. After an off day, UNLV faced No. 5 Utah. The Utes led 28-25 at halftime. UNLV outscored Utah 29-23 in the second half. Utah led 51-49 with 2:23 to play. Nesby's 3-pointer gave UNLV a 52-51 lead with 1:28 left. Nesby added two free throws with 8 seconds left to lift UNLV into the semifinals. Nesby had 22 points and Mark Dickel added 10. UNLV then defeated Fresno State 76-67 in game three of the tournament.

Kevin Simmons led UNLV with 21 points and Nesby and Keefe each added 16. Keefe led UNLV to a 39-35 halftime lead with 15 points. Kaspars Kambala pulled down 11 rebounds. UNLV then faced No. 20 New Mexico for the championship and the automatic NCAA Tournament bid. UNLV led 34-27 at halftime. The Lobos rallied and took a 49-46 lead with 4:32 left. New Mexico increased the lead to 51-47 with 2:47 to play. UNLV then seemed to be a team of destiny as they put the finishing touches on a spirited week for the home crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV outscored New Mexico 9-0 over the final 2:47 to post a 56-51 win. Dickel's 3-pointer cut the lead to 51-50 (2:12) and Nesby's turnaround jumper gave UNLV a 52-51 lead (1:19). UNLV sank four free throws, two each by Dickel and Nesby for the final points.

UNLV IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT: The Runnin' Rebels will be making their 17th NCAA Tournament appearance and their first since appearing in the 1990-91 Final Four. UNLV was the 1990 National Champions. UNLV has made four Final Four appearances (1976-77, 1986-87, 1989-90, 1990-91). UNLV lost to Duke 79-77 on March 30, 1991, in Indianapolis, Ind., in the national semifinal in UNLV's last NCAA Tournament game. The Runnin' Rebels have an all-time record of 30-11 (.732) which ranks third all-time for the highest NCAA Tournament winning percentage.

RUNNIN' REBEL HEAD COACH BILL BAYNO: He is in his third season as the head coach of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. He is UNLV's 10th head coach in the 40-year history of Rebel basketball. He has a career record of 52-38 (.578). Bayno has recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons and has guided UNLV to postseason play for the second straight season. This year marks UNLV's first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 1990-91 season. Last season, he led UNLV to a 22-10 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.

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 388 games played (counting 32 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 401. The last time the Runnin' Rebels failed to make at least one 3-pointer came against Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986.

HOME RECORD: UNLV was 16-4 at home this season, including sweeping four games in the WAC Tournament, and are 41-13 (.759) 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 202-31 (.867). UNLV is also 32-7 (.821) over its last 39 home games.

RUNNIN' REBELS ON TV: A total of 24 regular season games were televised during the 1997-98 season. ESPN or ESPN2 televised 9 times, KUPN 7 times, FOX Sports West 2 7 times and CBS once. The total is now 27 after three games were televised in the WAC Tournament by ESPN.

NATIONALLY RANKED SCHEDULE: UNLV has faced SEVEN ranked teams this season: #3 Kansas, #5 Utah, #9 UCLA, #11 New Mexico, #19 Michigan, #20 Syracuse, #24 Rhode Island.

NOTES: UNLV is now 5-1 all-time in the WAC Tournament. UNLV defeated Rice 71-61 and lost to Tulsa, 68-65 last season in its inaugural WAC Tournament appearance...UNLV went 4-0 this season, defeating Hawai'i 64-59, No. 5 Utah 54-51, Fresno State 76-67 and No. 20 New Mexico, 56-51 in the championship game..The home crowd of 17,490 for the UCLA-UNLV game on Dec. 27, 1997, was the largest regular season crowd since 18,024 attended UNLV's 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...In three 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); BYU (Keon Clark 21 and Tyrone Nesby 20)...UNLV shot .511(23-for-45) from the field against Wyoming on Feb. 26, marking the sixth time this season that UNLV shot .500 or better from the field...UNLV held its opponent to under 40 percent shooting from the field over a five-game stretch (Jan. 26 - Feb. 7)...Two players have appeared in all 32 games this season: Tyrone Nesby and Mark Dickel...UNLV has won six straight and 10 out of its last 12 games...The 20 wins guarantee an over .500 season for the second year in a row...UNLV's 20 wins this season marks the 25th season of 20 or more wins in school history.

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 Runnin' Rebels compiled an overall record of 29-3 and advanced to the school's 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 Runnin' 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) - women's basketball; Randall Cunningham (#12) - football; Lori Harrigan (#22) - softball. The two former head coaches are Jerry Tarkanian (#2) and Fred Dallimore (#13) - baseball.

UNLV PLAYER-BY-PLAYER NOTES:

CORKY AUSBORNE: Corky quit the team on Feb. 7 to concentrate on his academics for the remainder of the season. He appeared in 20 games and averaged 6.5 points and 2.2 rebounds. Shot .350 from 3-point range (35-for-100). 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 3's) in 25 minutes against No. 25 Syracuse on Dec. 20. He scored 14 points (4-for-7 3's) 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. Shot .450 (9-for-20) from 3-point range over a three-game stretch (Tulane, Air Force, New Mexico, Jan. 4-15). Scored in double figures in 7 games.

KEON CLARK: He was suspended from the team indefinitely on Feb. 9 for violating team rules (missed four games from Feb. 14-23). The program announced on Feb. 24 that he will not return this season. 1997-98 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 appeared in 10 games and is averaged 14.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots. 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. Scored 9 points and pulled down a season-high in both rebounds (12) and blocked shots (6) in 37 minutes against No. 15 New Mexico on Jan. 15. Recorded his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds against UTEP on Jan. 17. Also had 5 blocked shots against the Miners. Scored 21 points (7-for-11 FG) and pulled down 9 rebounds in 29 minutes against BYU on Jan. 22. Scored 15 points and had 4 blocked shots in 37 minutes against No. 4 Utah on Jan. 24. Scored 10 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and recorded a season-high 5 assists against Chaminade on Jan. 26. Pulled down 11 rebounds and had 3 blocked shots in 38 minutes against Colorado State on Jan. 29. Recorded his 17th career double-double with 18 points (6-for-10 FG), 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in 29 minutes against Air Force on Feb. 5. Missed the game on Feb. 7 against Wofford with a case of conjunctivitis (pink eye). Scored 20 or more points 12 times at UNLV. Scored in double figures in 30 of 39 career games. Registered 5 blocks or more in a game 12 times in his career. Had 26 blocks on the season for 138 career blocked shots. Was 9 shy to break the UNLV all-time blocked shots record (Elmore Spencer had 146 from 1990-92).

GREEDY DANIELS: He was selected to the WAC Mountain Division All-Newcomer Team. He has appeared in 31 games and is averaging 6.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists. Team-leader with 55 steals and second with 91 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 scored 17 points (7-for-10 FG), pulled down a season-high 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. Scored 13 points (4-for-7 FG, 2-for-3 3PFG) and 6 rebounds in 30 minutes against No. 15 New Mexico on Jan. 15. Scored 6 points and had 4 rebounds in 27 minutes against UTEP on Jan. 17. Scored 9 points and had 3 steals in 24 minutes against Chaminade on Jan. 26. Scored 12 points (4-for-6 FG, 2-for-2-for-3 3PFG), pulled down 5 rebounds and had 2 steals in 27 minutes against Colorado State on Jan. 29. He recorded a good overall game against Wofford on Feb. 7. He scored 12 points (5-for-8 FG), 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 25 minutes. He scored a career-high 19 points (5-for-6 FG, 3-for-4 3PFG, 6-for-7 FT) and recorded a career-high 6 steals in 29 minutes against UTEP on Feb. 14. He scored 11 points in 27 minutes against No. 11 New Mexico on Feb. 16. Scored 11 points and had 3 steals in 27 minutes against BYU on Feb. 21 (18th start of season). He scored 11 points and pulled down 5 rebounds (19th start) in 30 minutes against No. 5 Utah on Feb. 23. He scored 6 points and pulled down 5 rebounds along with 7 assists in 26 minutes against Wyoming on Feb. 26. He dished out 5 assists and had 4 steals in 13 minutes against Colorado State on Feb. 28. He played only 4 minutes against Hawai'i in the WAC Tournament on March 3 due to a pulled right hamstring. He missed his first game of the season against No. 5 Utah in the WAC Tournament on March 5 due to the hamstring injury. He dished out 3 assists in 8 minutes against Fresno State in the WAC Tournament on March 6. Scored in double figures in five straight games from Feb. 7 - 23. Scored in double figures in a total of 11 games.

MARK DICKEL: He has appeared in 32 games and is averaging 5.9 points. Team-leader with 177 assists (5.5 average). Shooting .672 (82-for-122) from the free throw line. Ranks second on the team with 962 minutes played (30.1 average). He recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 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. Scored 5 points in 13 minutes against No. 15 New Mexico on Jan. 15. Dished out 9 assists and had only 2 turnovers in 30 minutes against BYU on Jan. 22. He dished out 6 assists in 27 minutes against No. 4 Utah on Jan. 24. Recorded 7 assists and had 6 rebounds in 23 minutes against Chaminade on Jan. 26. In a three-game span (BYU, Utah, Chaminade) dished out 22 assists and had 6 turnovers in 80 minutes. Played 36 minutes against Colorado State on Jan. 29 and dished out 6 assists with 2 steals. He dished out 10 assists and had only 1 turnover in 38 minutes against Wyoming on Jan. 31. Scored 8 points and dished out 6 assists against Air Force on Feb. 5. Had no turnovers in 34 minutes against the Falcons. Dished out 8 assists and had 2 steals in 31 minutes against Wofford on Feb. 7. Played all 40 minutes against UTEP on Feb. 14. He recorded 8 assists and had only 1 turnover. Has recorded 10 or more assists three times this season. In a four-game stretch (Jan. 31-Feb. 14 vs. Wyoming, AFA, Wofford, UTEP), had 32 assists, only 5 turnovers in 143 minutes. Scored 7 points and dished out 7 assists in 40 minutes against No. 11 New Mexico on Feb. 16. He scored 14 points (3-for-5 FG, 2-for-2 3PFG, 6-for-10 FT) and dished out 6 assists in 33 minutes against BYU on Feb. 21. He scored 5 points with 6 assists and 4 rebounds in 26 minutes against Colorado State on Feb. 28. Scored 7 points and dished out 9 assists with 3 steals in 39 minutes against Hawai'i in the WAC Tournament on March 3. He scored 10 points and pulled down 5 rebounds and had 4 assists in 39 minutes against No. 5 Utah in the WAC Tournament on March 5. Scored 9 points and had 6 assists in 33 minutes against Fresno State in the WAC Tournament on March 6. He dished out a career-high 12 assists (WAC Tournament record) in 38 minutes against No. 20 New Mexico in the WAC Tournament Championship game on March 7. UNLV, trailing 51-47, Dickel hit a key 3-pointer (2:12 left) and his two free throws (29 seconds) increased UNLV's lead to 54-51. He had only 1 turnover against the Lobos. He was named to the WAC All-Tournament Team. He averaged 8.3 points and 7.8 assists in the WAC Tournament.

ISSIAH EPPS: He has appeared in 26 games and is averaging 3.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots. Team-leader with 39 blocked shots. Appeared in his first game as a Runnin' 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. Recorded 3 rebounds in 9 minutes against BYU on Jan. 22. He scored 5 points in 8 minutes against No. 4 Utah on Jan. 24. Recorded 4 rebounds and had 2 blocked shots in 17 minutes against Colorado State on Jan. 29. Pulled down 4 rebounds in 15 minutes against Wyoming on Jan. 31. Pulled down 4 rebounds in 16 minutes against Air Force on Feb. 5. Scored 7 points and pulled down 4 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in his third start of the season against Wofford on Feb. 7. He scored 9 points and pulled down 7 rebounds with 3 blocked shots (fourth start of the season) in 25 minutes against UTEP on Feb. 14. Scored 3 points and had 2 rebounds in 18 minutes (sixth start of season) against BYU on Feb. 21. Scored 4 points and was UNLV's top rebounder with 6 in 22 minutes against Wyoming on Feb. 26. He had 6 points to go along with 3 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 14 minutes against Colorado State on Feb. 28. He pulled down 8 rebounds in 16 minutes against Hawai'i in the WAC Tournament on March 3. Pulled down 5 rebounds in 15 minutes against No.5 Utah in the WAC Tournament on March 5. He recorded 5 rebounds and had 2 steals in 14 minutes against Fresno State in the WAC Tournament on March 6. He pulled down 8 rebounds in 19 minutes against No. 20 New Mexico in the WAC Tournament Championship game on March 7.

KASPARS KAMBALA: He was named the WAC Mountain Division Freshman of the Year and named to the All-Newcomer Team. Has recorded nine double-doubles. He is averaging 11.9 points and 7.5 rebounds. Shooting .523 from the field (114-for-218) and .721 from the line (142-for-197). He has recorded 10 or more rebounds in 12 games.

KASPARS' DOUBLE-DOUBLES:
OPPONENT                    PTS                 REB(O/D)
Loyola Marymount (11-15)    20 (6-for-13 FG)    15 (5/10)
Eastern Michigan (11-19)    21 (9-for-11 FG)    10 (1/9)
Kansas (11-21)              19 (6-for-13 FG)    10 (4/6)
Michigan (12-6)             15 (5-for-13 FG)    12 (5/7)
Rhode Island (12-13)        16 (6-for-13 FG)    12 (9/3)
Chicago State (12-17)      *24 (7-for-11 FG)    *16 (10/6)
No. 25 Syracuse (12-20)     23 (6-for-11 FG)    15 (7/8)
Nevada, Reno (12-30)        16 (12-for-13 FT)   11 (5/6)
Colorado State (2-28)       19 (6-for-11 FG)    12 (7/5)
*season highs
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. Scored 12 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in 28 minutes against No. 15 New Mexico on Jan. 15. He made 23 straight free throws over four games (UNR to New Mexico, Dec. 30 - Jan. 15). Streak was snapped at New Mexico. Pulled down 9 rebounds in 22 minutes against BYU on Jan. 22. Scored 19 points (6-for-11 FG, 7-for-10 FT) and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes against No. 4 Utah on Jan. 24. Scored 15 points and had 3 blocked shots against Chaminade on Jan. 26. Scored 12 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in 26 minutes against Wyoming on Jan. 31. He shot .797 from the line (47-for-59) over a nine-game stretch (Dec. 30 - Jan. 29). He missed his first game of the season against Air Force on Feb. 5, due to the fighting rule against Wyoming (Jan. 31). He scored 12 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in 16 minutes against BYU on Feb. 21. Scored 13 points (4-for-6 FG, 5-for 7 FT) in 27 minutes against No. 5 Utah on Feb. 23. Scored 19 points (6-for-11 FG, 7-for-10 FT) and recorded 12 rebounds in 36 minutes against Colorado State on Feb. 28. He pulled down 10 rebounds in 25 minutes against No. 5 Utah in the WAC Tournament on March 5. Scored 8 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 19 minutes against Fresno State in the WAC Tournament on March 6. Averaged 10.5 rebounds in two games against Utah and Fresno State. He has scored in double figures in 19 of 31 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 26 games and is averaging 7.5 points. Shooting .404 from 3-point range (42-for-104). Appeared in his first game as a Runnin' 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 3's) in 9 minutes against Tulane on Jan. 4. Scored 6 points (2-for-6 3's) in 17 minutes against No. 15 New Mexico on Jan. 15. Scored 19 points (5-for-7 3-pointers), 16 in the second half, in 19 minutes against BYU on Jan. 22. Scored 7 points in 32 minutes against No. 4 Utah on Jan. 24. Scored 15 points (4-for-9 3's) in 27 minutes in his first start of the season against Chaminade on Jan. 26. He shot .478 (11-for-23) from 3-point range over a four-game stretch vs. BYU, Utah, Chaminade, Colorado State (Jan. 22-29). Scored 5 points in 24 minutes against Air Force on Feb. 5. Scored 8 points (2-for-3 3PFG) in 15 minutes against BYU on Feb. 21. Started seven games from Jan. 26 - Feb. 16. He scored a season-high 27 points (8-for-11 FG, 4-for-6 3PFG, 7-for-9 FT) in 31 minutes against Wyoming on Feb. 26. His career-high is 32 points vs. New Mexico State on Feb. 17, 1996, as a member of UC Irvine. Scored 13 points (2-for-4 3PFG, 5-for-6 FT) in 32 minutes against Colorado State on Feb. 28. He scored 19 points and connected on five 3-pointers (11 attempts) in 37 minutes against Hawai'i in the WAC Tournament on March 3. Averaged 19.7 points, shot .581 (18-for-31) from the field and .524 (11-for-21) from 3-point range over a three-game stretch vs. Wyoming, Colorado State and Hawai'i (Feb. 26 - March 3). He scored 16 points, 15 in the first half, in a season-high 38 minutes against Fresno State in the WAC Tournament on March 6. He scored 18 points in a season-high 40 minutes against No. 20 Mexico in the WAC Tournament Championship game on March 8. He established a season-high with six 3-pointers (9 attempts). He was named to the WAC All-Tournament Team. In four games, he averaged 13.3 points and shot .406 (13-for-32) from 3-point range. He is averaging 8.2 points in 11 games as a starter. The 13 3-pointers is a WAC Tournament record.

TYRONE NESBY: He has appeared in 32 games and is the team's leading scorer with a 15.7 average and minutes played with 1,040 (32.5 average). Second on the team with a 5.7 rebound average. Has scored 20 or more points in 11 games this season and 21 times in his career. Has scored in double figures in 26 of 32 games this season and 54 of 64 career games. Had a string of 18 straight in double figures (March 4, 1997 - Jan. 10, 1998). 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. Scored 11 points (4-for-11 FG) in 26 minutes against UTEP on Jan. 17. Scored 20 points (5-for-10 FG, 8-for-8 FT) in 35 minutes against BYU on Jan. 22. Scored 10 points in 17 minutes against Chaminade on Jan. 26. Tied his season-high with 25 points (7-for-11 FG) in 37 minutes against Colorado State on Jan. 29. Also tied his career-high with 5 3-pointers made (8 attempts) against the Rams. Scored 13 points (5-for-11 FG) and pulled down 8 rebounds in 30 minutes against Wyoming on Jan. 31. Scored 18 points (8-for-14 FG) in 22 minutes against Wofford on Feb. 7. Scored 8 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, 2 blocked shots and tied his career-high with 4 assists in 33 minutes against UTEP on Feb. 14. Scored 18 points (4-for-9 3PFG) and had 4 steals in 34 minutes against No. 11 New Mexico on Feb. 16. Scored 22 points (7-for-16 FG, 6-for-8 FT) in 34 minutes against BYU on Feb. 21. Scored 10 points and pulled down 5 rebounds in 36 minutes against Colorado State on Feb. 28. Scored 17 points (7-for-17 FG) and pulled down 8 rebounds in 36 minutes against Hawai'i in the WAC Tournament on March 3. He scored 22 points (7-for-18 FG, 4-for-7 3PFG) and pulled down 8 rebounds in 35 minutes against No. 5 Utah in the WAC Tournament on March 5. UNLV, trailing 51-49, was led by Nesby's 3-pointer with 1:28 left and his two free throws with 8 seconds left, put the team ahead 54-51. Scored 16 points (4-for-8 3 PFG) in 39 minutes against Fresno State in the WAC Tournament on March 6. He scored 14 points in 36 minutes against No. 20 New Mexico in the WAC Tournament Championship game on March 7. His turnaround jumper with 1:19 left gave UNLV a 52-51 lead against the Lobos. He was named to the WAC All-Tournament team. He averaged 17.3 points and 7.8 rebounds. He has appeared in all 64 career games and has scored 1,031 points (16.1). Sunshine Smith was the last UNLV player to score 1,000 points (which happened last season). The last UNLV player to score 1,000 points in two seasons was J.R. Rider (1991-93) who had 1,372 points. He has played 1,040 minutes to record back to back 1,000+ minutes in a season. The last UNLV players to play 1,000 or minutes in two consecutive seasons were: Greg Anthony, Stacey Augmon and Larry Johnson during the 1989-90, 1990-91 seasons.

GRANT RICE: He has appeared in 10 games and is averaging 0.7 points and 1.3 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. Scored 2 points in 5 minutes against Chaminade on Jan. 26. He tied his season-high with 3 rebounds and had 2 assists in 11 minutes against Wofford on Feb. 7.

KEVIN SIMMONS: He has appeared in 18 games and is averaging 11.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 477 minutes (26.5 average). Shooting .722 (78-for-108) from the free throw line. He made his UNLV debut against UTEP on Jan. 17. He scored 8 points and pulled down 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Scored 3 points and had 3 rebounds in 20 minutes against BYU on Jan. 22. Scored 20 points (4-for-9 FG, 2-for-2 3PFG) and was 10-for-10 from the line in 19 minutes against Wyoming on Jan. 31. Recorded his first double-double at UNLV with 15 points and 11 rebounds in 31 minutes against Air Force on Feb. 5. He made two free throws with 1.4 seconds left, leading UNLV to a 59-57 victory. He made his first start as a Rebel against Wofford on Feb. 7. Scored 4 points and had 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Recorded his second double-double in the last three games against UTEP on Feb. 14. He scored 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. He scored 19 points (8-for-18 FG) and pulled down 8 rebounds in 32 minutes against No. 11 New Mexico on Feb. 16. Recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a season-high 35 minutes against BYU on Feb. 21. He scored a season-high 22 points (5-for-10 FG, 10-for-15 FT) in 35 minutes against No. 5 Utah on Feb. 23. Scored 11 points in 28 minutes against Wyoming on Feb. 26. He scored 18 points (7-for-11 Fg, 4-for-5 FT), 14 in the second half, and pulled down 7 rebounds in 28 minutes against Colorado State on Feb. 28. Scored 9 points and had 5 rebounds in 35 minutes against Hawai'i in the WAC Tournament on March 3. He scored 8 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in 35 minutes against No. 5 Utah in the WAC Tournament on March 5. Scored 21 points (5-for-12 FG, 10-for-13 FT), 16 in the second half and pulled down 9 rebounds against Fresno State in the WAC Tournament on March 6. He scored 13 points (5-for-12 FG) and pulled down 7 rebounds in 36 minutes against No. 20 New Mexico in the WAC tournament Championship game on March 7. He averaged 12.8 points and 7.8 rebounds in four tournament games. Averaging 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds over his last 13 games. Scored in double figures in six straight games from Feb. 14-28 and 10 overall.

DONOVAN STEWART: He has appeared in 31 games and is averaging 5.5 points and 2.9 rebounds. Shooting .473 from the field (70-for-148). 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. Played in 15 minutes and recorded 2 steals against No. 4 Utah on Jan. 24. Scored 5 points and had 2 assists in 21 minutes in his fifth start of the season against Chaminade on Jan. 26. Scored 10 points (5-for-9 FG) and had 3 steals in 19 minutes against Wofford on Feb. 7. He scored 6 points in 15 minutes (10th start of season) in 15 minutes against UTEP on Feb. 14. Scored 6 points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds (9 offensive) in 31 minutes against No. 11 New Mexico on Feb. 16. He scored 11 points (5-for-8 FG) and pulled down 4 rebounds in 31 minutes against No. 5 Utah on Feb. 23. Scored 9 points (4-for-5 FG) in 19 minutes against Wyoming on Feb. 26. He scored 9 points and had 4 steals in 31 minutes against No. 5 Utah in the WAC Tournament on March 5.

SUSPENSIONS SUMMARY: Keon Clark and Kevin 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. Clark returned to the lineup on Jan. 4 and Simmons on Jan. 17.

RUNNIN' REBEL BREAKDOWN:
    Overall:    20-12
    Home:   16-4
    Road:   4-8
    Neutral:    0-0
    WAC 7-7
    WAC Home:   5-2
    WAC Road:   2-5
    Vs. Conference USA: 1-0
    Vs. Atlantic 10:    0-1
    Vs. Big East:   0-1
    Vs. Big Ten:    0-1
    Vs. Big 12: 0-1
    Vs. Big West:   2-0
    Vs. Mid-American:   1-0
    Vs. Mid-Continent Conference:   1-0
    Vs. Pacific-10 Conference:  1-1
    Vs. Pacific West Conference:    1-0
    Vs. Southern Conference:    1-0
    Vs. West Coast Conference:  1-0
    Vs. Sun Belt:   0-0
    In overtime games:  0-0
    When leading at halftime:   18-2
    When Tied at halftime:  0-0
    When trailing at halftime:  2-10
    When outrebounding the opponent:    13-5
    When tied in rebounding with opponent:  0-1
    When opponent outrebounds UNLV: 7-6
    When have less turnovers than opponent: 10-3
    When tied in turnovers with opponent:   2-2
    When have more turnovers than opponent: 8-7
    When shooting better from the field:    17-3
    When shooting worse from the field: 3-9
    When shooting better at the free throw line:    12-3
    When shooting worse at the free throw line: 8-9
    When taking more shots than the opponent:   5-6
    When taking fewer shots than the opponent:  15-6
    When shooting more 3-pointers:  5-5
    When shooting fewer 3-pointers: 15-7
    When shooting the same 3-pointers:  0-0
    When taking more free throws:   19-7
    When taking fewer free throws:  1-5
    When shooting better than 50 percent from field:    6-0
    When shooting less than 50 percent from field:  14-12
    When scoring more than 100 points:  0-0
    When Scoring 90-100 points: 1-0
    When Scoring 80-90 points:  5-0
    When Scoring 70-80 points:  8-1
    When Scoring less than 70 points:   6-11
    When opposition scores more than 80 points: 1-3
    When opposition scores less than 80 points: 19-9
    In games decided by less than four points:  1-0
    In games decided by 4-10 points:    8-4
    In games decided by 10+ points: 11-8


1997-98 UNLV Basketball Schedule/Results
Overall: 20-12; WAC: 7-7
Date    Opponent    Time
N. 15   LOYOLA MRYMNT.  W 96-81
N. 19   EASTERN MICH.+  W 84-66
N. 21   at Kansas+ (ESPN)   L 92-68
D.  2   at USC (KUPN)   W 82-72
D.  6   at Michigan (KUPN)  L 83-59
D. 13   at Rhode Island (ESPN2) L 91-73
D. 17   CHICAGO STATE   W 86-49              
D. 20   SYRACUSE% (ESPN)    L 71-64
D. 23   UC IRVINE   W 77-55
D. 27   UCLA (ESPN) L 65-57
D. 30   NEVADA, RENO    W 62-50
J.  4   at Tulane (ESPN2)   W 77-61
J. 10   AIR FORCE*  W 88-77
J. 15   at New Mexico*  L 79-61
J. 17   at UTEP* (ESPN2)    L 62-50
J. 22   BYU*    W 76-63
J. 24   UTAH* (CBS) L 67-54
J. 26   CHAMINADE   W 77-49
J. 29   at Colorado St.* (KUPN) L 60-57
J  31   at Wyoming* (KUPN)  L 73-62
F.  5   at Air Force* (KUPN)    W 59-57
F.  7   WOFFORD W 79-52
F. 14   TEXAS-EL PASO*  W 69-63
F. 16   NEW MEXICO*(ESPN)    L 75-66
F. 21   at BYU* (KUPN)  W 84-76
F. 23   at Utah* (ESPN) L 79-68
F. 26   WYOMING*    W 72-66
F. 28   COLORADO STATE* W 78-66
M. 3    HAWAI'I$    W 64-59
M. 5    UTAH$ (ESPN)    W 54-51
M. 6    FRESNO ST.$ (ESPN)  W 76-67
M. 7    NEW MEXICO$ (ESPN)  W 56-51
%Las Vegas Shootout  $WAC Tournament at Thomas & Mack Center
* denotes WAC game  +CHASE NIT
UNLV Basketball Staff:
Head Coach: Bill Bayno (Sacred Heart '85) 
UNLV Record/Years/Career Record: 52-38/3rd season/52-38
Assistant Coaches:
Glynn Cyprien (Texas-San Antonio '90)
Dave Rice (UNLV '91)
Greg Vetrone (Long Island '86)
Dir. of Basketball Operations: 
Barry Rohrssen (St. Francis '83)
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