Utah Up Next For Runnin' Rebels
Men's basketball will face Utes on Friday in semifinal.
March 8, 2002
LAS VEGAS - Third-seeded UNLV, which defeated sixth-seeded New Mexico 120-117 in double overtime in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday, has advanced to the semifinals and will meet second-seeded Utah on Friday, March 8 at 9 p.m. PST at the Thomas & Mack Center (18,500) in Las Vegas in a semifinal matchup. It will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN with Bob Carpenter and Jimmy Dykes providing the commentary. The game may be heard live in Las Vegas on KBAD 920 AM (ESPN Radio) and worldwide on the internet at UNLVRebels.com with Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick calling the action.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT - SEMIFINALS
Fri., Mar. 8 (3) UNLV vs. (2) Utah 9:00 p.m. PST
Game at Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas, Nev., Game televised live on ESPN, Game may be heard live on KBAD 920 AM (ESPN Radio) in Las Vegas and worldwide on the internet at UNLVRebels.com
THE RUNNIN' REBELS
UNLV (19-9, 9-5 MWC) has advanced to the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament after defeating New Mexico 120-117 in double overtime in the first round on Thursday. The Runnin' Rebels, who are the tournament's third seed, have won five straight games and 11 of their last 13 overall. Including Thursday night's win, the Runnin' Rebels are 15-2 this season at home and have won nine straight games at the Thomas & Mack Center. Dalron Johnson leads the team in scoring (16.8) and rebounding (6.8). Marcus Banks is second in scoring (16.0) and leads the team in assists (3.0). Lou Kelly is also averaging double figures in scoring (15.0). Last year, the squad finished with an overall record of 16-13 and placed fourth in the Mountain West Conference with a 7-7 mark. UNLV did not compete in the conference tournament last year because of NCAA sanctions.
THE UTAH UTES
Utah (21-7, 10-4) defeated Colorado State 69-66 in the first round of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday to advance to the semifinals. Utah concluded its regular season by dropping two of its last three games, but has now won two of its last three. Utah, which is the second seed, is 6-4 on the road this season. The Utes are led in scoring by 6-9 junior forward Britton Johnsen (13.1), 6-4 sophomore guard/forward Nick Jacobson (13.0) and 6-4 senior guard/forward Jeff Johnsen (10.9). B. Johnsen leads the team in rebounding (6.5) and 6-1 senior guard Travis Spivey leads the team in assists (4.6). Head Coach Rick Majerus is in his 13th year at Utah with a record of 283-80 (.780) and is in his 18th year overall as a head coach with a career mark of 382-132 (.743). Utah was 19-12 overall last year and finished tied for first in the MWC at 10-4. The Utes lost to New Mexico in the first round of last year's MWC Tournament and concluded their season with a NIT first round loss at home to Memphis.
UNLV leads the all-time series with Utah 11-10. UNLV won the last meeting 72-64 earlier this year on Feb. 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The two teams split the season series with Utah winning 86-63 in Salt Lake City on Jan. 12 in the season's first meeting. Utah had won four straight against UNLV before the last meeting. UNLV is 8-3 against Utah in Las Vegas.
The winner of the UNLV/Utah game will face the winner of the San Diego State/Wyoming game on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in the MWC Tournament Championship game. The game will be televised live to a national audience on ESPN. The Mountain West Conference Tournament is a single-elimination tournament.
UNLV IN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT PLAY
UNLV has an all-time record of 36-7 (.837) in conference tournaments. UNLV has played in 17 conference tournaments (including this year), winning nine of them. UNLV has played in seven conference tournaments (including this year) at the Thomas & Mack Center and has an all-time record of 11-4 (.733) in those. UNLV has won two conference tournaments played at the Thomas & Mack Center and has won two of the last three (before this year) that it has competed in (1998-WAC and 2000-MWC). UNLV is now 4-0 in Mountain West Conference tournaments. The following is a breakdown of UNLV's history in conference tournaments:
Year Conf. W L Location 2000-01 MWC 1 0 Las Vegas ????????? 1999-00 MWC 3 0 Las Vegas Champions 1998-99 WAC 0 1 Las Vegas 1997-98 WAC 4 0 Las Vegas Champions 1996-97 WAC 1 1 Las Vegas 1994-95 Big West 1 1 Las Vegas 1993-94 Big West 1 1 Las Vegas 1992-93 Big West 1 1 Long Beach 1990-91 Big West 3 0 Long Beach Champions 1989-90 Big West 3 0 Long Beach Champions 1988-89 Big West 3 0 Long Beach Champions 1987-88 Big West 1 1 Inglewood 1986-87 Big West 3 0 Inglewood Champions 1985-86 Big West 3 0 Inglewood Champions 1984-85 Big West 3 0 Inglewood Champions 1983-84 Big West 2 1 Inglewood 1982-83 Big West 3 0 Inglewood Champions
FIVE IN A ROW OVERALL
UNLV has a current five-game win streak. The team had win streaks of three in a row, two other times this season. This five game streak is the longest of the year for the Runnin' Rebels. The last time UNLV had a win streak of longer than four games was last year, when it won seven straight.
NINE IN A ROW AT HOME
UNLV has won nine straight games at home. The Runnin' Rebels are 15-2 in the Thomas & Mack Center this season.
THURSDAY GAME SETS THOMAS & MACK CENTER RECORD
When UNLV defeated New Mexico 120-117 in double overtime on Thursday, it set a new Thomas & Mack Center scoring mark. The 237 combined points represented the highest-scoring game in TMC history between two college teams. It broke the record of 217 set on Jan. 9, 1991, when UNLV downed Utah State 124-93.
UNLV PLAYS HIGHEST-SCORING GAME SINCE 1985
UNLV's 120-117 win over New Mexico was the highest-scoring game that it has been a part of since Jan. 2, 1985, when UNLV downed Utah State on the road, 142-140 in three overtimes.
UNLV'S HIGHEST-SCORING HOME GAME SINCE 1977
The win against New Mexico was the highest-scoring home game that UNLV has been a part of since a 135-106 win over Texas-Pan American on Feb. 17, 1977 in Las Vegas.
UNLV SCORES MOST POINTS SINCE 1991
UNLV's 120 points scored vs. New Mexico is it has scored since a 122-75 win at Long Beach State on Feb. 18, 1991.
UNM-UNLV GAME IS SIXTH-HIGHEST SCORING IN PROGRAM HISTORY
UNLV's 120-117 win over New Mexico was the sixth highest-scoring game in program history. The complete list follows:
Year Total Home/Away 1985 282 UNLV 142, Utah State 140 (3OT) Away 1976 275 UNLV 164, Hawaii-Hilo 111 Away 1968 242 UNLV 126, Hiram Scott College 116 Home 1977 241 UNLV 135, UT-Pan American 106 Home 1976 240 UNLV 139, Northern Arizona 101 Home 2002 237 UNLV 120, New Mexico 117 (2OT) Home
300TH GAME AT TMC
UNLV's game on Saturday with New Mexico was its 300th game played at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV is now 257-44 (.854) all-time in the building.
In the month of February, UNLV went 7-2. UNLV in the other months this season: March: 2-0, January: 3-3, December: 5-2, November: 2-2.
Three UNLV players earned all-conference honors this season. Dalron Johnson was named FirstTeam All-Mountain West Conference, Marcus Banks was Second Team All-Mountain West Conference and Lou Kelly was Honorable Mention All-Mountain West Conference. Banks was also selected as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
MORE AWARDS - SPOONHOUR EARNS COACH OF THE YEAR
UNLV is 39-18 (.684) all-time in overtime games and is 4-1 in overtime this season (80-79 win at San Diego State on Jan. 26, 84-81 loss at New Mexico on Feb. 5, 96-91 win at Colorado State on Feb. 18, 83-76 win at home vs. San Diego State on Feb. 23 and 120-117 double overtime win vs. New Mexico on Mar. 7). UNLV has played in five overtime games this season, which it has never done before. UNLV played in four overtimes in 1994-95. Last season, UNLV was 1-2 in overtime games. UNLV is 31-15 in single overtime games, 6-3 in double overtime and 2-0 in triple overtime. The Runnin' Rebels have a record of 8-3 in overtime games at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV has won its last three overtime games.
BANKS MAKES SINGLE-GAME SCORING LIST
Marcus Banks scored a career-high 36 points (34 of them in the second half) against San Diego State on Feb. 23. His 36 points puts him in a tie for the 36th most productive scoring night in UNLV men's basketball history. Additionally, only 16 Runnin' Rebel players have ever scored more than 36 points in a game. Banks' 36 points is the fourth-best individual point total in a game ever by a MWC player and is the highest individual point output in a game by a MWC player this season.
KELLY ALSO MAKES LIST
Lou Kelly scored a career-high 35 points against New Mexico on Thursday. His 35 points puts him in a tie for the 43rd most productive scoring night in UNLV men's basketball history. Kelly's 35 points set the record for most points by an individual in a game in MWC Tournament history.
JOHNSON SCORES 1,000TH CAREER POINT
Dalron Johnson scored his 1,000th career point at New Mexico on Feb. 5. With that, he became the 30th player in Runnin' Rebel history to score at least 1,000 career points. Johnson currently has 1,145 career points, which puts him at No. 23 on the all-time UNLV scoring chart. Richie Adams is No. 22 with 1,168, Gerald Paddio is No. 21 with 1,171 and Reggie Theus is No. 20 with 1,177.
TIED FOR NO. 1
With 146 blocked shots for his career, Dalron Johnson is tied with Elmore Spencer for No. 1 on the all-time Runnin' Rebel blocked shot list. He needs just one more blocked shot to become the all-time UNLV career blocked shots leader. Johnson has passed Stacey Augmon, Keon Clark, Richie Adams and George Ackles on the UNLV career blocked shot list this season.
UNLV played five games over a span of 10 days from Feb. 9 to Feb. 18. The Runnin' Rebels went 4-1 over that period.
DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK
With only nine points vs. San Diego State on Feb. 23, Dalron Johnson's streak of scoring 10 or more points in a game ended at 19 straight. For the season, Johnson has scored in double figures in 26 of 28 games.
JEVON BANKS - ASSISTS TO TURNOVERS
Overall for the season, Jevon Banks has 56 assists to only 14 turnovers. But even more impressive is in conference games only, Banks has 31 assists to only 5 turnovers. That is a ratio of 6.2 to 1.
SHORT SHOT BLOCKER
Through games of Feb. 17, Lou Kelly was tied for 10th in the nation in blocked shots per game for players 6-foot-5 or shorter. Kelly was averaging 0.91 blocks per game. Short shot blocker stat provided by STATS, Inc.
500TH 3-POINT GAME
UNLV's win on Feb. 23 vs. San Diego State marked the 500th game that UNLV has played in since the NCAA adopted the 3-point goal in 1986-87. UNLV holds the NCAA record for most consecutive games with a made 3-pointer at 503.
SIX PLAYERS SCORE 10 OR MORE
UNLV has had six players score in double figures in the same game twice this season. Six players scored 10 or more points vs. DePaul on Feb. 3 and vs. New Mexico on Mar. 7. UNLV has had three other games in which it has had five players score in double figures. Five Runnin' Rebels scored 10 or more points vs. UNR, at San Diego State and vs. Florida International. UNLV has had four players score 10 or more points in the same game seven other times this year.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
UNLV is 15-2 at home this year...is 12-1 when heading into the locker room ahead at halftime....is 11-1 when shooting a higher field goal percentage in a game than its opponent...is 10-1 when taking less shots in a game than its opponent...is 9-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the field in a game...is 10-2 when taking less 3-point shots in a game than opponent...is 11-4 when shooting a higher FT percentage in a game than its opponent...is 16-3 when going to the free throw line more in a game than its opponent...is 10-0 when outrebounding its opponent in a game...is 14-1 when recording more assists in a game than its opponent...is 16-3 when committing less fouls in a game than its opponent...is 6-0 when scoring 90 or more points in a game...is 11-1 when scoring 80 or more points in a game and 18-3 when scoring 70 or more...is 8-2 when limiting its opponent to less than 70 points in a game.
BLOCKED SHOT STREAKS
Dalron Johnson has had two separate streaks of 10 and eight games in which he blocked at least one shot in a game this season. He has blocked at least one shot in 26 of his last 31 games. Johnson is tied for No. 1 on UNLV's all-time blocked shot list. Last year he blocked at least one shot in 22 of his 27 games and during his freshman year he blocked at least one shot in 21 of 31 games, so for his career he has blocked a shot in 66 of 86 games. That is 76.7 percent of the games.
20 POINT CLUB
Three Runnin' Rebels have scored 20 or more points in a game this season a combined 26 times. Marcus Banks has had 10 20-plus point nights, while Dalron Johnson and Lou Kelly have each had eight. Marcus Banks and Lou Kelly are the only Runnin' Rebels to have scored 30 or more points in a game this season as Banks scored 36 vs. San Diego State and 31 vs. Old Dominion, while Kelly scored 35 vs. New Mexico on Mar. 7.
STEALING THE BALL
UNLV has recorded 114 more steals this year than its opponents. UNLV has recorded 287 steals to its opponents' 173. That is a 10.25 to 6.18 per game average. Prior the the MWC Tournament, UNLV led the Mountain West Conference in steals and was recording almost two full steals more per game than Air Force, which was second with 8.33 per game. Five UNLV players were ranked in the top 13 in steals in the Mountain West Conference.
SHOOTING 50 PERCENT - 9-0
When UNLV shoots 50 percent or better from the field, it wins. The Runnin' Rebels are 9-0 in games in which they shoot over 50 percent. UNLV shot 56.4 percent vs. Wisconsin, 60.3 percent vs. Nicholls State, 52.4 percent vs. Nevada, Reno, 58.2 percent vs. Tennessee State, 52.5 percent at Air Force, 54.2 percent vs. Colorado State, 57.4 percent vs. DePaul, 54.4 percent vs. New Mexico and 54.8 percent vs. New Mexico in the first round of the MWC Tournament. As a team after 28 games, UNLV is shooting 46.2 percent from the field.
BANKS WAS ON A ROLL
During a four game stretch from Dec. 20 through Dec. 30, Marcus Banks averaged 27.0 ppg, shot 58.3 (35-of-60) percent from the field and 60 (6-of-10) percent from 3-point range. In each of those four games, he set a new career-high in scoring (22, 26, 29, 31).
For the fourth consecutive season, UNLV has scored 100 or more points in a game. UNLV scored 101 vs. Tennessee State on Dec. 28 and 120 vs. New Mexico on Mar. 7. Last year, the Runnin' Rebels scored 100 or more points in a game three times.
RUNNIN' REBELS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST STATS
Prior to the MWC Tournament, UNLV led the MWC in three team statistical categories. UNLV was No. 1 in scoring with 76.8 ppg, steals with 10.19 per game and turnover margin at +3.78 (UNLV's opponents turned the ball over an average of 3.78 more times per game than the Rebels). Also, the Runnin' Rebels were second in free throw percentage at .707 and were third in both blocked shots with 3.85 per game and assist/turnover ratio at 1.02. Individually, Dalron Johnson was in the top five in the following categories: blocks (1st with 1.63 per game), scoring (3rd with 16.9 ppg), steals (T3rd with 1.70 per game), free throw percentage (4th with .848), and offensive rebounds (4th with 2.59 per game). Other Rebels in the top five were Marcus Banks (1st in steals with 2.19 per game) and Chris Richardson (2nd in field goal percentage with .556).
UNLV IS 45-7 IN LAST 52 GAMES AT THE MACK'
The Runnin' Rebels are in their 19th season in the 18,500-seat Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV has posted an all-time record of 257-44 (.854) in the arena since it opened in 1983. This year, the Runnin' Rebels are 15-2 at home. They were 12-3 at home in 2000-01 and were 18-2 during the 1999-00 season, so UNLV has won 45 of its last 52 games at home. UNLV has been edged at home by four points or less 17 times and the 44 losses has been by an average of 7.9 points (349 total points).
LAST TIME OUT (MAR. 7 VS. NEW MEXICO - LAS VEGAS)
Lou Kelly scored a game and career-high 35 points to lead third-seeded UNLV past sixth-seeded New Mexico 120-117 in double overtime in a first-round Mountain West Conference Tournament game Thursday night. Kelly scored six points in the second overtime period, including a dunk with 56 seconds left giving the Rebels a 115-109 advantage. Also for UNLV (19-9), Marcus Banks scored 26 points. For New Mexico (16-13), Ruben Douglas scored 32 points, while sophomore forward Patrick Dennehy had a career high 24 points and 13 rebounds. In the first overtime, UNLV built a 102-98 lead with 3:27 remaining, but the Lobos railed and cut the lead to 104-103 with 1:32 left. New Mexico had a chance to win with seven seconds left, but Banks stripped Douglas and with six seconds Banks was fouled. After Banks hit one of two free throws, 105-103, the Lobos tied the game at the buzzer on a Senque Carey reverse layup drive down the left side, 105-105. In the second overtime, UNLV took control in the final minute. With 18 seconds left, UNLV's Dalron Johnson, who played with four fouls since 14:10 left in regulation, hit one of two free throws to make the score 118-114. New Mexico's Tim Lightfoot then hit a three-pointer with four seconds left, cutting it to 118-117. Kelly made two free throws with two seconds left and the Lobos' Cody Payne missed a wild three-point attempt from halfcourt as the game ended. At the end of regulation and UNLV leading 95-93, Douglas hit a three-pointer from the top of the key, giving the Lobos the lead 96-95 with 14 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Banks was fouled on his drive to the hoop with eight seconds left. He converted one of two free throws. New Mexico did not get a final shot in regulation as Douglas lost control of the ball going up for a three-point shot at the buzzer. Neither team could pull away in the second half. The Rebels built a 62-55 second-half lead with 16:53 to go, but the Lobos responded with a 7-0 run to tie it. With 14:59 remaining, UNLV built a 73-68 advantage before New Mexico took the lead at 77-76 with 8:44 left. In the first half, the lead changed hands 11 times with five ties. The Rebels led for most of the first half, building their largest lead at 42-38 until halftime. The Lobos later tied the game at 48-48. After a UNLV free throw from Banks with seven seconds left putting UNLV up 49-48, Douglas hit a halfcourt shot with two seconds left, giving the Lobos a 51-49 halftime lead. In the first half, both teams were red hot from the field, with New Mexico going 20-for-33 for 60.6 percent, while UNLV was 20-for-35 for 57.1 percent.
THIS SEASON VS. UTAH (FEB. 11 - LAS VEGAS)
Dalron Johnson scored a game-high 17 points to lead UNLV, which rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit, past Utah 72-64 at the Thomas & Mack Center on Feb. 11. UNLV also was aided in its comeback by guard Marcus Banks, who injured his left ankle with 6:10 left in the first half, but returned with 10:12 left in the game, and finished with 12 points, after scoring 10 in the second half. Louis Amundson also added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Rebels. Britton Johnsen led Utah with 16 points, while teammate Jeff Johnsen added 11 points. Cameron Koford also chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds for the Utes. UNLV converted 20-of-28 from the free throw line, while Utah made 5-of-5. The Utes scored the first 11 points of the game and held a 37-25 lead with 3:01 left in the first half. Turnovers helped UNLV in its comeback, with Utah turning the ball over 22 times, while UNLV lost possession only eight times. UNLV took the lead for good, 53-51, with 7:42 left in the game and made 5-of-6 free throws at the end of the game to seal the win.
THIS SEASON VS. UTAH (JAN. 12 - SALT LAKE CITY)
Nick Jacobson scored a career-high 26 points and Utah set a school record for 3-pointers with 17 as the Utes won their Mountain West Conference opener over UNLV 86-63 on Jan. 12 in Salt Lake City. Jacobson led the long-range barrage, which also tied a conference record, with five 3-pointers. Jeff Johnsen also had five 3-pointers and 17 points for the Utes, who won their eighth straight game. Dalron Johnson scored 20 and Marcus Banks had 17 points as UNLV dropped its fourth consecutive game against Utah. The Utes sank 17-of-26 from beyond the arc. Jacobson broke the previous Utah 3-pointer mark of 14 with a deep jumper from the right corner with 7:21 to play. Phil Cullen and Jeff Johnsen added back-to-back 3-pointers and Utah led 74-51 with 5:59 remaining in the game. UNLV jumped out to a quick 7-0 start, but the Utes started hitting shots from outside. Utah made nine consecutive 3-pointers until UNLV switched to one-on-one for the last three minutes of the first half and the rest of the game. Utah led 39-30 at the break.
SPOONHOUR WINS IN 500TH GAME
UNLV Head Coach Charlie Spoonhour coached his 500th game as a Division I head coach vs. Tennessee State on Dec. 28. The win gave Spoonhour his 325th career win. Spoonhour is in his 17th season as a Division I head coach and has a career record of 338-180 (.653).
STREAKING FROM THE STRIPE
When Marcus Banks missed his fifth free throw attempt of the game vs. Wyoming on Jan. 5, his streak of 22 consecutive made free throws came to an end. He was 9-of-10 from the line vs. Tennessee State, 11-of-11 vs. Old Dominion and 5-of-9 vs. Wyoming. Also, Dalron Johnson had a streak of 14 consecutive made free throws early in year.
EVERYONE SCORES THIS YEAR
Every Runnin' Rebel that has suited up for a game this season has scored at least three points.
FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE
Senior Chris Richardson recorded his first career double-double vs. Nevada, Reno with 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Junior Dalron Johnson has recorded his 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th double-doubles of his career this year. He had 23 points and 10 rebounds at LMU, 19 points and 10 rebounds vs. Tennessee State, 19 points and 14 rebounds vs. Old Dominion and 25 points and 11 rebounds at New Mexico.
NICE FIRST HALF
It would be difficult to imagine Dalron Johnson having a better first half than he did against Nicholls State. Johnson was 8-of-9 from the field, 3-of-3 from 3-point range, had 19 points, 3 rebounds and an assist, a block and a turnover in 13 minutes of action. He ended up scoring a career-high 29 points for the game on 13-of-16 shooting including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He also tallied 5 rebounds in a total of 19 minutes.
MARGIN OF VICTORY
UNLV's 43-point victory over Nicholls State was its largest margin of victory since defeating Sacred Heart by 47, 103-56, on Nov. 14, 1998.
MWC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
This season, Dalron Johnson and Marcus Banks have been named the Mountain West Conference's Men's Basketball Player of the Week twice. Johnson was named POW on Dec. 17 and Feb. 18, while Banks was honored on Dec. 31 and Feb. 25.
UNLV WINS VS. MOUNTAIN WEST
The Runnin' Rebels have a .500-or-better record all-time against the other seven members of the conference. Air Force (14-1), BYU (7-6), Colorado State (15-5), New Mexico (13-9), San Diego State (23-5), Utah (11-10), Wyoming (13-10).
UNLV BOASTS BEST HOME RECORD IN MWC
Out of the eight Mountain West schools, UNLV has the best all-time winning percentage on its home court. UNLV is 257-44 (.854) at the Thomas & Mack Center. Utah is second at .824 (412-88).
HOLDEN LEAVES PROGRAM
Jamal Holden was granted a release from the UNLV men's basketball program on Dec. 18. Holden, a 6-10 center, who transferred to UNLV from Westark (Ark.) College prior to this season, had played in five games, averaging 8.0 minutes per game. He also averaged 2.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.
LEWIS WILL NOT PLAY THIS YEAR
Jermaine Lewis will sit out the remainder of the 2001-02 season and complete rehabilitation to return at full strength for the 2002-03 year. Lewis, a 6-4 guard from Houston, Texas, had surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in May. "We want to protect the integrity of the surgery," head coach Charlie Spoonhour said on January 9. "We want to give Jermaine the best chance to compete at 100 percent of his capabilities. He is progressing on a normal schedule for the surgery, which has a six-to-nine month complete healing period. To have him come back now would be premature." This season will count as Lewis' redshirt year and he will return to play for the 2002-03 season for his final year of eligibility.
RUNNIN' THE REBELS - CHARLIE SPOONHOUR
Charlie Spoonhour became the 12th head coach in Runnin' Rebel history on March 29, 2001, and is in his first year coaching UNLV. He came to UNLV after spending two years out of coaching, but he didn't stray too far away from the game as he served in the media as an analyst on college basketball broadcasts. Prior to that he was the head coach at Saint Louis University for seven years. Before SLU, Spoonhour was head coach at Southwest Missouri State University for nine seasons. He has a 17-year Division I head coaching record of 338-180 (.653) and has led 11 teams to the postseason, including eight to the NCAA Tournament.
THE REST OF THE STAFF
UNLV also has three new assistant coaches. They are Deane Martin, Jay Spoonhour and Derek Thomas. UNLV has retained Dave Rice, who will serve this season as Director of Basketball Operations. Rice is in his ninth year on staff. Martin was most recently the associate head coach at Tennessee-Martin. Spoonhour (Charlie's son) was most recently head coach at Wabash Valley JC in Mt. Carmel, Ill., where he led the team to the junior college national championship with a record of 36-1 and was named the National Junior College Coach of the Year. Thomas was most recently with the NBA's Atlanta Hawks.
J.K. Edwards and James Peters have both signed a national letter of intent to enroll at UNLV and play basketball for the Runnin' Rebels beginning with the 2002-03 season. Both players will enroll at UNLV as juniors. Edwards, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound center from Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, averaged 12.8 points and 6.4 rebounds last season. He was selected as a first team All-America last year and played in the Tournament of the Americas in Argentina this past August (on the same team as current Runnin' Rebel Marcus Banks). Edwards chose UNLV over Wisconsin, Tennessee and Iowa State. Peters, a 6-8, 215-pound forward from Butler County (Kan.) Community College, averaged 14.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and shot 59 percent from the floor last season. The second-team All-Jayhawk Conference selection chose UNLV over Illinois, Michigan State and DePaul.
44 YEARS OF BASKETBALL
The 2001-02 year marks the 44th season of Runnin' Rebel basketball at UNLV. Since the program's inception in 1958-59, the Runnin' Rebels have posted an all-time record of 931-360 (.721). In 1969-70, UNLV made the move to Division I and has since posted a record of 744-256 (.744) while competing at that level. In addition, UNLV has an all-time mark of 896-337 (.727) against Division I competition.
"THREE-POINT GOAL ..."
Since the 3-point field goal was adopted by the NCAA in 1986-87, UNLV has converted at least one 3-pointer in all 503 games played. During that span, the Runnin' Rebels have made 3,284-of-9,095 (.361) shots from behind the arc. 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 the 64 games (the 3-pointer was used in some non-conference games). The Runnin' Rebels sank 194-of-505 (.384) 3-point attempts during that time. The UNLV streak for games in which it sank at least one 3-point shot stands at 520. The last time the Runnin' Rebels failed to make at least one 3-pointer came against Long Beach State on Jan. 25, 1986. So, UNLV has sunk at least one shot from behind the arch in 556 of the 567 games in which the rule was used. In the 567 total games, the Runnin' Rebels have shot .362 from this distance while sinking 3,479-of-9,600 attempts. UNLV holds the NCAA record for most consecutive games scoring a 3-point field goal. Prior to the beginning of the 2001-02 season, Vanderbilt was No. 2 on the list, three behind UNLV.
For the first time, the UNLV men's basketball team has one of its players writing a weekly diary for UNLV's website UNLVRebels.com. Noel Bloom writes an entry each week and it is posted at http://unlvrebels.fansonly.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/noel-diary-index.html. Just go to the men's basketball page at UNLVRebels.com and click on the Noteworthy Noel graphic on the right-hand side of the page. This feature on the web gives fans a look inside the team from a different perspective. Previous entries are archived for later viewing.
RUNNIN' REBELS ON THE AIR
All Runnin' Rebel games are carried live on KBAD 920 AM (ESPN Radio) in Las Vegas and on the internet at UNLVRebels.com. Ken Korach and Glen Gondrezick are in their 10th season calling Runnin' Rebel basketball. Broadcasts start one-half hour prior to the beginning of each game with the pregame show and the postgame show features a live interview with head coach Charlie Spoonhour followed by fan call-ins. The broadcasts are also available inside the Thomas & Mack Center by tuning to 99.5 FM. The fan call-in number is (702) 876-8585.
UNLV SPORTS NETWORK
For the first time Runnin' Rebel games are being heard on a regional network of stations. ESPN Regional at UNLV and Lotus Broadcasting have teamed up with PV Radio and KZBZ Radio to help create the first-ever UNLV Sports Network, a seven station grouping that reaches across the state and into parts of Arizona, California and Utah. The stations are in Las Vegas (Network Flagship - 920 AM), Pahrump, Nev. (95.9 FM), Amargosa Valley, Nev. (96.7 FM), Beatty, Nev. (93.5 FM), Scotty's Junction, Nev. (94.3 FM), Death Valley, Calif. (91.1 FM) and Pioche, Nev. (98.9 FM - Lincoln County and most of Southern Utah).
REBELS ON TV
UNLV will appear on television at least 19 times this season. The Runnin' Rebels have been on or are scheduled to appear on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN+plus, ABC, SportsWest and ESPN Regional at UNLV.
MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
The 2001-02 Mountain West Conference Basketball Championship are being played at the Thomas & Mack Center. The champion will receive the MWC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the third year that the MWC Tournament has been held at the Thomas & Mack Center and the sixth straight year a conference tournament has been played at the TMC (The WAC held its championship at the TMC from 1997-99).
MEDIA TEAMLINK AND INFO CONNECTION
UNLV's release, statistics and latest box score are all available on the internet through www.mediateamlink.com. Media members may view documents on the internet or have the information e-mailed to them the moment it is updated. The service is free to all accredited members of the media. The same information is available on Info Connection and may be obtained by calling (770) 558-6000 from a fax machine. Media members without a PIN should call (770) 399-0096 to obtain one. The MWC's passcode is 692#. The Runnin' Rebel release code is 1906, the stats code is 1908 and the previous game box code is 1909.