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Taylor Bern

UNLV Sports Reporter

Taylor, who covers UNLV sports, is a 2010 graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas. He worked for newspapers in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri before moving out to the desert, working seven months on the sports desk at the Arizona Republic before joining the Sun in November 2011. His outside passions include good books, bad coffee and the search for adequate leg room.

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Vegas Play of the Day: Oregon vs. UCLA
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Rebels begin Mountain West tournament run today against Wyoming
Thursday, March 13, 2014
In UNLV’s only meeting with Wyoming this season, a banged-up Larry Nance Jr. impacted the game with 12 points and nine rebounds. But this go-round, the first-team all-conference forward won't be around, and the Rebels get back a key player of their own.
Vegas Play of the Day: Houston at Oklahoma City
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Rebels’ key players in various states of readiness for conference tournament
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Rebels’ three leading scorers were in three different states of participation at Monday’s practice. And how each of them progresses from there will determine how far UNLV is able to advance in this week’s Mountain West tournament.
UNLV reinstates Dejean-Jones for Mountain West tournament
Monday, March 10, 2014
UNLV junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones will rejoin the team after a four-day suspension, Dave Rice said today. UNLV also gets another starter back today in...
UNLV's Birch takes home league's top defensive honor for 2nd straight season
Birch wins DPOY, all-defense and second-team honors, while two other Rebels receive distinction from the Mountain West
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Rebels’ Khem Birch won the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season but missed out on first-team all-league accolades, it was announced today. UNLV’s Bryce Dejean-Jones and Roscoe Smith were also honored.
Bern’s-Eye View: Handing out league awards and breaking down the tournament
Monday, March 10, 2014
No matter what happened in Viejas Arena on Saturday night, there was going to be intrigue at the top of this week’s Mountain West tournament. However, the Aztecs’ dramatic 16-point comeback upped the level of intrigue ...
Rebels seeded fourth for league tourney, play Wyoming Thursday
San Diego State's second-half rally against New Mexico gives Aztecs league crown and No. 1 seed
Saturday, March 8, 2014
The Rebels, which fell to the No. 4 seed in the Mountain West tournament after a loss to UNR, open the tournament Thursday against Wyoming, and they hope to crash the party expected between San Diego State and New Mexico in the tournament championship.
Rebels squander big lead as Burton leads Wolf Pack to season sweep
Deonte Burton registers 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to outlast Khem Birch's 15 points and 22 rebounds in a 76-72 UNR victory
Saturday, March 8, 2014
By the time Deonte Burton soared through the air for his one mandatory highlight dunk per game, the Rebels’ 17-point second-half lead was already history. It disappeared almost as quickly as it had come ...
Blog: Wolf Pack complete huge comeback for 76-72 victory against UNLV
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Cole Huff scored the go-ahead points on an offensive putback and UNR completed a 17-point comeback for a 76-72 victory against UNLV tonight at the Lawlor Events Center. On his senior night, Deonte Burton scored 24 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds, while Huff finished with 22 points.
Dejean-Jones' status to be revisited following UNLV's road trip to UNR
The Rebels will be without two starters, Roscoe Smith (concussion) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (suspension), for Saturday's game in Reno
Friday, March 7, 2014
The opponent, in this case UNR, is a challenge that’s moved a notch or two down the list of UNLV’s priorities. To win Saturday’s regular-season finale, the Rebels must first figure out how to...
UNLV suspends Dejean-Jones for regular-season finale at UNR
Coach Dave Rice says Rebels' leading scorer has been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Coach Dave Rice said junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, UNLV's leading scorer, has been suspended from all basketball-related activities for...
10th-ranked Aztecs finish off Rebels down the stretch in 9-point win
San Diego State outscores UNLV 12-2 over the final 3 minutes to hand Rebels 7th home loss of the season
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The mistakes already in the books don’t matter with a one-point lead and 3:22 on the clock. The plays, or errors, still to come will determine the outcome, and with the game hanging in the balance it was the 10th-ranked Aztecs who went out and took the victory.
Blog: Aztecs make the key plays and pull away from UNLV for 73-64 win
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Rebels went cold down the stretch and No. 10 San Diego State turned a tie game with 3:30 remaining into a 73-64 victory tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Rebels hope to honor seniors with an upset against No. 10 San Diego State
Carlos Lopez-Sosa and Kevin Olekaibe are playing their final regular-season home game, but UNLV hopes it's only the start of a run to close the season
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
An upset tonight over San Diego State in a pivotal home regular-season finale would likely clinch third place for the Rebels and give them momentum heading into Saturday’s game at UNR. But a victory on senior night won't come easy, especially since UNLV will be without the services of one of its best rebounders.
Vegas Play of the Day: Arizona State at Oregon
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
UNLV junior forward earns Mountain West's weekly honor
Khem Birch averaged 11.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks per game in two Rebels victories
Monday, March 3, 2014
UNLV junior forward Khem Birch earned the Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced today. Birch averaged 11.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks per game over two Rebels’ victories.
Rebels' season opener at Arizona moved up to Friday, Aug. 29
Monday, March 3, 2014
The Rebels’ football season will begin one day earlier than scheduled with the game at Arizona moved from Saturday, Aug. 30, to Friday, Aug. 29. Kickoff will be at either 7 or 7:15 p.m., depending on the television selection.
Roscoe Smith to miss Wednesday's home game vs. SDSU because of concussion
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Rebel junior forward Roscoe Smith will miss Wednesday’s home game against No. 13 San Diego State after an injury took him out of Saturday’s game at Air Force.
Vegas Play of the Day: Stanford at Arizona
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Since it’s Sunday, there’s not a whole lot to choose from on the college slate, but one game today features a team likely to still be playing in April.
UNLV vs. San Diego State: A tale of two student cheering sections
Sunday, March 2, 2014
With SDSU set to come to the Mack this week, let’s take a look at both sections’ past, present and future.
Rebels get in a zone in 26-point victory at Air Force
UNLV goes with a zone defense for 40 minutes and shoots the lights out in a 93-67 win that keeps it in sole possession of third place
Saturday, March 1, 2014
After his team ran several straight possessions of 2-3 zone defense Wednesday against Colorado State, Rebels coach Dave Rice decided to keep it out there all 40 minutes today against Air Force. As a result ...
Blog: Seven Rebels reach double-figure scoring in UNLV's 93-67 victory
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Khem Birch registered 15 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks, leading UNLV to a dominating 93-67 victory today at Air Force. The Rebels stay alone in third place in the conference standings heading into Saturday's home game against San Diego State.
Wood's emergence an exciting development for UNLV basketball
The Rebels' freshmen is on a nice 3-game stretch as UNLV hits the road to play Air Force at 1 p.m. on Saturday
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
At the beginning of this season everyone could see it, and more importantly Christian Wood knew it. Like many freshmen at this level, the game was moving far too fast for the Findlay Prep product to keep up.
Chet Buchanan no longer roaming the sidelines as UNLV hype man
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
Chet Buchanan, UNLV’s game-day emcee for the past eight seasons, has ditched the gig. In his absence, taking over the microphone Wednesday night was...
Vegas Play of the Day: UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Simple reminder helps Rebels fend off Colorado State for 8-point victory
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
In less than five minutes, UNLV’s lead evaporated from 12 to one and the Rebels were huddled together searching for an answer. Obviously, settling for 3-pointers — the Rebels shot 1-for-13 in the second half — wasn't working.
Blog: Rebels overcome awful outside shooting in 78-70 win against CSU
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 19 points, Roscoe Smith grabbed 11 rebounds and UNLV overcame a blown double-digit lead to fend off Colorado State 78-70 tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Rebels moving on from tough loss by focusing on payback against CSU
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
Tonight’s matchup against Colorado State might be UNLV's easiest remaining game. And it comes against a team that whupped the Rebels by 18 in their last meeting.
Vegas Play of the Day: Florida at Vanderbilt
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
On second thought: League official says UNLV should have had extra 0.1 on clock
Deville Smith's final 3-pointer at Boise State was waved off, but the Mountain West officiating coordinator said Smith's drive should have started at 3.4 seconds instead of 3.3
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Saturday’s loss is still a loss, but maybe Monday’s confirmation of a timing issue will provide the Rebels with some level of satisfaction. Maybe.
UNLV's Cornett performs well at NFL Scouting Combine
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Former Rebel Tim Cornett registered the sixth best 40-yard dash among running backs on Sunday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Bern's-Eye View: Don't let final 5 seconds obscure phenomenal game
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
Predictable as it is, it’s a shame that so many storylines away from the court have taken the attention away from what was an incredibly entertaining basketball game Saturday night.
'A cruel game': Rebels' celebration cut short when replay overturns victory
Deville Smith hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer that's eventually ruled no good in a 91-90 overtime loss at Boise State
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
The most nerve-wracking two minutes of a thrilling night at Taco Bell Arena involved not a single shot or rebound. Instead it featured three referees, one flat screen and two teams waiting for the roller coaster to pull back into the station.
Blog: Rebels' last-second shot waved off in difficult overtime defeat
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
Deville Smith's last-second 3-pointer splashed through the basket but after multiple looks at the replay, the referees waved it off and awarded Boise State a hard-fought 91-90 victory in overtime tonight at Taco Bell Arena.
Bern's-Eye View: Rebels' effort at Boise State will be telling
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
The outcome will be one thing, but the more interesting aspect of UNLV’s game at Boise State today is how much the Rebels will even care to be here.
UNLV basketball continues work on roster, grabs point guard transfer
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
Point guard Cody Doolin is transferring to the UNLV basketball team from the University of San Francisco, a source confirmed to the Las Vegas Sun.
Battle for the Fremont Cannon will cap UNLV's 2014 regular season
The Mountain West releases its full schedule, which includes moving the UNLV-UNR game to the end for the first time since 1977
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
UNLV and UNR will play the Battle for the Fremont Cannon in the regular-season finale for the first time since 1977, it was announced today.
Vegas Play of the Day: Western Illinois at Denver
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Rebels come up empty as Lobo fulfills his promise in 12-point New Mexico win
Lobos' Kendall Williams scores 29 in dominant performance against a UNLV squad that's now effectively out of the conference title race
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Kendall Williams surveyed the conquered arena and turned up his permanent smirk another level. The only Lobo to offer anything close to bulletin-board material heading into UNLV’s highly anticipated rematch with New Mexico backed it up and then some tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Blog: New Mexico plays vastly better game in 12-point win against UNLV
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Kendall Williams scored 29 points, Cameron Bairstow tossed in 18 and New Mexico controlled the game the entire way in a 68-56 victory against UNLV tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Vegas Play of the Day: Creighton at Marquette
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
UNLV-New Mexico at the Mack has the makings of a classic showdown
The Lobos are out for revenge while the Rebels are looking to stay relavent in the league race tonight at 8 on ESPN2
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
It’s impossible to know exactly how much New Mexico forward Alex Kirk’s comments affected the Rebels the last time these two teams met. What’s more certain is that, whatever the reasons, that was the best 40 minutes UNLV (17-8, 8-4) has played this conference season.
Vegas Play of the Day: Western Conference All-Stars vs. Eastern Conference All-Stars
Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Despite bad news off the court, Olekaibe comes up big in UNLV victory
His father's health has taken a bad turn, but the senior is able to help the Rebels with season-high 21 points in 73-62 win at Utah State
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
The news Friday night felt like a punch to the gut for UNLV senior Kevin Olekaibe. On Saturday afternoon, he dealt with it the only way he could, letting out his emotions in a superb performance for a season-high 21 points in the Rebels’ 73-62 upset victory at Utah State.
Blog: Rebels take down Aggies with overpowering second half
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
UNLV went into halftime with a two-point deficit and a lot to work on. The Rebels came out with a new mentality and an attacking style that led to a 73-62 upset today against Utah State.
Vegas Play of the Day: Team Hill vs. Team Webber
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point. Our three sports writers started with a $10,000 bankroll — fictional, of course.
Water Bomb incident a memorable moment in UNLV-Utah State rivalry
The Rebels are heading to the Smith Spectrum for the first time since 1996, and it's also nearly 24 years after a bizarre distraction
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
Since this season’s meetings are the first in the series since 1996, it’s easy to forget that Utah State and UNLV used to be a tremendous rivalry. Like they did against most other Big West foes, the Rebels dominated the series to the tune of 27-3 before UNLV’s 62-42 victory earlier this year. But unlike a lot of other conference opponents, the Aggies almost always challenged the Rebels. At the Smith Spectrum in 1985, the two teams played a triple-overtime thriller with 282 combined points, and the next year at the Thomas & Mack Center the teams went to double overtime.
Brothers help power what Rebels hope will be program-changing season
Senior Patrick Armstrong and sophomore Joey Armstrong are part of a UNLV lineup that has coach Tim Chambers fired up
Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
They’re different players, and on this everyone can agree. Older brother Patrick Armstrong, a senior first baseman, is the top returning hitter in the Mountain West while younger brother Joey Armstrong will trot out for Friday’s opening day at home as UNLV’s starting center fielder after a freshman season at third base.
Three UNLV Athletics marketing employees submit resignations
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
Three employees in UNLV Athletics’ marketing department submitted their resignations on Tuesday, athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy confirmed today.

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