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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: San Diego State vs. Pittsburgh
Tuesday, Nov. 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.
Focus on Fremont Cannon helps Rebels move past frustration at Hawaii
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014
A few minutes after making UNLV coach Bobby Hauck beam with pride by talking about defending “our” Fremont Cannon, Mike Horsey nearly mentioned ...
Wood carries Rebels past Owls in solid bounceback victory
UNLV's sophomore forward registers new career highs in points (18) and rebounds (13) while leading UNLV to 57-50 victory against Temple
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
The volume finally became too much for Christian Wood to ignore. Everyone from coach Dave Rice to senior guard Cody Doolin to the guys handing him water has told Wood what the Rebels need from him ...
Blog: Rebels bounce back from ugly loss with 57-50 win against Temple
Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Christian Wood scored a career-high 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds and four blocks while leading UNLV to a 57-50 comeback victory against Temple that salvages the Rebels' trip out to Brooklyn.
Stanford takes UNLV to school in Brooklyn beatdown
Rebels don't have time to get wrapped up in 89-60 loss with another game at Barclays Center on tap Saturday night
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
If someone stumbled into the Barclays Center tonight and witnessed the game of basketball for the first time in their life, they would be able to explain, without a doubt, that Stanford played this game better in every way, shape and form than UNLV. You didn’t need nuance or depth to call this 89-60 UNLV loss what it was ...
Blog: In Big Apple vs. Stanford, Rebels suffer most lopsided loss of Rice era
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
In its first major test of the season UNLV failed across the board. The Rebels gave up easy points early and often and got run out of the Barclays Center 89-60 by Stanford here ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Best Bets Week 13
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
Only a couple weeks remain in the Mountain West season, one that is sure to go down as the worst in the league’s 15-year history.
Bern’s-Eye View: Forecasting Mountain West Basketball Week 2
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
One week in and it’s been a mixed bag for Mountain West basketball. San Diego State’s offense looks even worse than anticipated yet the Aztecs are 3-0 with a top-25 win, meanwhile New Mexico already has a loss both on the court and in the injury column.
Vegas Play of the Day: New Mexico vs. George Mason
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
This certainly isn’t the start the Lobos were looking for, as they took a loss yesterday to Boston College that’s worse because they also lost leading scorer Cullen Neal to an ankle injury.
Bright lights, big city and bigger opponent await UNLV in New York City
Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
This city can catch you off guard even when you know what to expect. That’s exactly what UNLV is trying to avoid this weekend as the Rebels step into ...
UNLV and Duke slated to meet in 2016 in new MGM arena
Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
Even if UNLV doesn’t meet Duke this weekend in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, the Rebels won’t have to wait much longer for their first meeting with the Blue Devils since ...
This may be the best volleyball team in UNLV history
Rebels knock off league power Colorado State, eyeing spot in the NCAA Tournament as season winds down
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014
Whether you want to go back to the preseason or really fire up the DeLorean back to 2010, UNLV volleyball coach Cindy Fredrick could predict something like this was coming. If comedy recognizes a rule of threes, Fredrick has perfected the rule of Year Four ...
Zimm City: Rebels roll out red carpet and family atmosphere for top target
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
During Stephen Zimmerman’s first four official visits, the Bishop Gorman senior’s presence was a big deal, and that’s not just because of his 7-foot stature. It’s an event when a top-10 basketball recruit comes to town, and Kansas, Arizona, UCLA and Kentucky each did their part to mix VIP treatment with the idea that their campus could feel like home.
Fremont Cannon kickoff time bumps UNLV basketball to the afternoon
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
The Battle for the Fremont Cannon will kick off at night, it was announced today, so UNLV’s basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 29 will move to 3:30 p.m. to make room for the football game at 7:30 p.m.
UNLV soccer’s NCAA Tournament starts with rematch at UC Irvine
Monday, Nov. 17, 2014
When Rich Ryerson took over UNLV’s soccer program in 2010 the definition of success was different than most schools. “We just wanted to keep the program,” Ryerson said. “That was the original goal.”
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Nov. 17, 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 ...
Rebels move to 2-0 with another rally and hard-fought victory at home
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
When it comes to blocks, Goodluck Okonoboh shrugs his shoulders. Sure, 13 total blocks in his first two collegiate games might seem like a lot, because it is, but that’s always been in his arsenal. “It’s just what I do,” Okonoboh said ...
Blog: UNLV’s offense struggles mightily in 59-57 win vs. Sam Houston State
Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014
Rashad Vaughn scored 18 points, Dwayne Morgan had seven points and eight rebounds and the Rebels survived 59-57 against Sam Houston State despite shooting 12-of-27 at the free-throw line.
BYU hands UNLV its sixth straight double-digit loss on the road
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
UNLV has no answer for the inevitable, and that’s exactly what it faced Saturday night at BYU. It felt like these teams could play 10 times, and without dramatic changes from UNLV’s sideline all of them would end with a BYU 42-23 victory. ...
Blog: Rebels no match for BYU, falling to 2-9 with 42-23 loss
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
UNLV quarterback Blake Decker got knocked out of the game for the second straight week, but there's nothing he would have been able to do about this one anyway. BYU controlled the game start to finish and became bowl eligible with a 42-23 home victory against the Rebels.
Doolin delivers in UNLV debut, leading Rebels to 60-59 victory
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
Dave Rice could barely wait to start his first postgame press conference of the 2014-15 season. The Rebels’ needed a defensive stop in the final seconds to hold off an impressive Morehead State team, and Rice felt fortunate to be on the right side of a game that could have gone either way.
Blog: Rebels hold on by slimmest of margins against Morehead State
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
The Rebels came up with a stop when they needed it and they hold on for a thrilling 60-59 victory against Morehead State. UNLV is 1-0 and returns to action at the Mack on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Sam Houston State.
Bern’s-Eye View: Forecasting Mountain West Basketball Week 1
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
This isn’t the best time of year, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t close. While the rest of the country fills my Twitter timeline with photos of first snows I can sit back in shorts and look at a betting board suddenly filled with college basketball.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Best Bets Week 12
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
The Mountain West’s best team, Colorado State, is off this week but there are two games on this week’s slate with big implications for division races.
Bern’s-Eye View: 21-win regular season not out of Rebels’ reach in 2014-15
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
There’s nothing quite like the promise of potential, and a team that has yet to play a game is filled with it. Guessing how much of that potential will turn into reality is …
Former Rebel remembers fondly 1981 victory at BYU
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
The silence was deafening. That’s what Sam King remembers on a Thursday afternoon when asked about a game that’s 23 years old and still stands as one of the best victories in UNLV football history.
UNLV notches another recruiting victory on eve of season opener
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
Twenty-seven and a half hours before its first game of the 2014-15 season, the UNLV basketball team registered a victory. Not against Morehead State, the Rebels’ opponent ...
BYU’s return to Las Vegas postponed until 2016 or 2017
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
As the Rebels prepare to travel to BYU this weekend for their first meeting since the Cougars left the Mountain West, UNLV announced today that the return trip has been postponed until 2016 or 2017.
Guard moving forward: Lady Rebels’ Bell transitions from player to assistant coach
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
When Mia Bell moved from Chicago with her mother and grandmother, they were looking for something better. Bell never thought she would find something this good in Las Vegas.
New Runnin’ Rebels: The lowdown on UNLV’s key fresh faces
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
The Rebels welcome in eight new players, six of whom are eligible this season.
The UNLV Rebels are finally playing on the Strip
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
For the first time ever, the Runnin' Rebels will run on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Rebels sign one, await decision of another in class of 2015
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
The Rebels have signed their first recruit in the class of 2015, and they could get a commitment from another player tomorrow on national TV. Canadian guard Jalen Poyser signed his ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Pelicans
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 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 ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Examining several of UNLV’s lineup options
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
More than on recent rosters at UNLV, there are some limitations on the disparity among different lineups the Rebels can run out there this season. The biggest difference is size and UNLV’s relative lack of it, but within that there are still plenty of options for the Rebels’ coaching staff.
Zimmerman announces official visit to UNLV on opening weekend
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014
The Rebels’ opening weekend got a little bigger today. Bishop Gorman senior Stephen Zimmerman, one of the top players in the class of 2015, announced on Twitter that he would ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Nov. 10, 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 ...
For UNLV basketball, the time is now
Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014
Given the immense talent the program has brought in and the way the past few seasons have ended, immediate success is expected of the Rebels. Fourth-year coach Dave Rice has put together one of the best nonconference schedules in the country, with the Rebels slated to play ...
Air Force flips the script on UNLV, drops Rebels to 2-8 this season
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
Here’s the good news: For the first time all season, UNLV didn’t throw an interception. Here’s the bad news: Literally everything else. ...
Blog: Rebels get dominated at home in 48-21 loss to Air Force
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
The Rebels gave up 542 yards and never looked like they had much of a chance after their first drive today at Sam Boyd Stadium, losing to Air Force 48-21. UNLV falls to 2-8 overall and 1-5 in Mountain West play.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Best Bets Week 11
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
It’s not good to be a big favorite in the Mountain West, at least when it comes to covering the spread. Double-digit favorites in league games are 0-6-1 ATS this season, a record that’s going to change this weekend as two games feature three-possession favorites.
Vegas Play of the Day: Utah State at Wyoming
Friday, Nov. 7, 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 ...
Take 5: UNLV has won last 2 meetings with Saturday’s opponent, Air Force
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
As temperatures drop to make a Saturday afternoon kickoff idyllic in the desert, the crowds have been nowhere to be found at Sam Boyd Stadium. They won’t appear either, at least not this year, as the Rebels prepare for their second-to-last home game in a disappointing season.
Vegas Play of the Day: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Thursday, Nov. 6, 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 ...
Rebels dressed to impress in easy exhibition victory at the Mack
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
The Rebels’ roster wasn’t the only thing with a new look tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center. When Dave Rice became a head coach three and a half years ago, the longtime assistant knew there were a lot of things he was going to have to change. One of them was attire.
Rebels’ exhibition opponent, Florida National, in unique situation
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
There are enough new names and faces to learn that many of the UNLV contingent who fill up the Thomas & Mack Center at 7 tonight for the Rebels’ lone exhibition game probably won’t give much thought to the opponent. UNLV has eight newcomers, its sophomores are suddenly considered veterans and none of the eligible scholarship players on the roster were here two years ago.
Only minor goals remain for Rebels, who host Air Force this weekend
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
It’s probably best UNLV coach Bobby Hauck not run down the list of preseason goals with his team at this point of the year. The first one, the always far-fetched ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Nov. 3, 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 ...
Rebels flub another chance at victory, fall to New Mexico at home
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
On the foot of a walk-on listed without a number on its own roster, UNLV nearly sent a comeback-turned-blown lead into overtime with the longest field goal in program history ...
Rebels get first commitment in class of 2015
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
The Rebels have their first commitment in the class of 2015 as Canadian guard Jalen Poyser today picked the Rebels over interest from schools such as Rhode Island, Oklahoma and Creighton ...
Wood excels in post role during Rebels’ open scrimmage
Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Dave Rice’s baseline hope for today’s scrimmage was relatively simple to accomplish: UNLV’s coach wanted his guys to show improvement from their previous public appearance a little more than two weeks ago at the Scarlet and Gray Showcase. Anyone who saw both would say that was a success.

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