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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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Rebels shoot their way out of any chance to upset No. 14 Utah at MGM Grand
UNLV's first-ever game on the Strip ends in a 59-46 defeat, in part because the Rebels (7-3) set several season lows on offense
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
The No. 1 goal for the UNLV basketball team entering the MGM Grand Showcase was to control the defensive glass. No. 14 Utah hadn’t been outrebounded all season and that area, which the Rebels have struggled with for much of the season, figured to be key Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. ...
Blog: UNLV's offense awful in 59-46 loss to Utah at the MGM Grand
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
UNLV barely cracked 30 percent shooting on offense and Utah eventually wore down the Rebels at the other end, pulling away in the second half for a 59-46 tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The Rebels fall to 7-3 with No. 3 Arizona coming to the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday.
Rebels know what they’re up against in balanced, 14th-ranked Utah
Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
The question was meant to get responses along the lines of, “We’re excited to play in Las Vegas and in this great venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena.” And UNLV coach Dave Rice gave that kind of answer, eventually ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Colorado State at Denver
Friday, Dec. 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 ...
Rebels’ first game on the Strip adds another local venue to their history
Friday, Dec. 19, 2014
That it took this long is a story all to itself, but on Saturday two Las Vegas institutions will finally meet when UNLV basketball plays its first-ever game on the Strip.The Rebels (7-2) are taking on No. 14 Utah (7-2) in the nightcap of the ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Thursday, Dec. 18, 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 ...
Doolin wills UNLV to overtime victory ahead of key stretch of games
Senior guard takes over to lead 75-73 comeback win against Portland before Rebels gauntlet starts Saturday against No. 14 Utah
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
He could describe exactly what transpired, yet Cody Doolin wasn’t sure it actually happened. “I don’t really remember. Maybe I blacked out,” Doolin said after accurately describing the play that sent UNLV into ...
Blog: Doolin leads UNLV to thrilling 75-73 overtime victory vs. Portland
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Cody Doolin saved UNLV, twice, and his final drive was the decisive one in a 75-73 overtime victory against Portland that saved UNLV from an ugly loss ahead of a brutal schedule that starts Saturday against No. 13 Utah.
By the numbers: Stats and trends emerging as UNLV hits quarter pole
The Rebels (6-2) return to the Thomas & Mack Center tonight at 7:30 p.m. against Portland (7-2)
Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
A quarter of the way into the season, the Rebels (6-2) have a long ways to go to realize their potential. There are, however, many trends starting to emerge, some of them confirming preseason expectations and others offering surprising or inspiring results.
Regents unanimously approve contract for Sanchez as UNLV football coach
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
After a short discussion about his credentials, the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents approved a four-year, $2 million contract for Tony Sanchez to ...
Still a UNLV fan, Birch feels himself getting better in NBA D-League
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Khem Birch left school a year early to become an undrafted, undersized forward playing in the NBA Developmental League with no guarantees for the future. Or at least that’s one way to view it.
UNLV assistant works long, strange hours to land top recruits
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
It’s 5:15 a.m. The rain spits sideways against a rented Nissan Altima that Todd Simon is steering north on Interstate 95 toward New Haven, Conn. The rest of the Rebels flew home from New York the day before, but UNLV ...
McCaw does a little bit of everything in Rebels’ victory against South Dakota
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Pat McCaw can run the point and guard the interior, and his hands are in seemingly every passing lane. The only thing UNLV’s best all-around player hasn’t learned to do is pat himself on the back ...
Blog: Rebels secure nice victory away from home, 75-61 against South Dakota
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014
Pat McCaw swarmed everywhere around the court, Rashad Vaughn led the team with 18 points and Chris Wood weathered first-half foul trouble to finish strong as the Rebels secured a solid 75-61 victory tonight against South Dakota at the Sanford Pentagon.
Rice promises less patience for Rebels’ mistakes, starting this weekend
Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Whether the team responds to it properly or not, UNLV coach Dave Rice is talking like a man who plans to enter the meat of the Rebels’ nonconference schedule ...
Sanchez committed to building support system for UNLV football
Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
UNLV wanted to try something different with its football program, and with 46 seasons of mostly awful results, that’s understandable. Enter a successful, fiery high school coach ...
Tony Sanchez announced as next UNLV coach; to receive 4-year contract worth $500,000 annually
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
Five days after winning his sixth straight state championship at Bishop Gorman High, Tony Sanchez will officially trade in his blue and orange for scarlet and gray ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Dec. 8, 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 ...
End of Rebels’ bench gets into the action during 60-point victory
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
With a short bench and an overmatched opponent, UNLV's Dantley Walker knew he would play more than his previous high of ...
Blog: UNLV lights up the scoreboard in blowout against St. Katherine
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
At least half the roster set new career highs in points as the Rebels (5-2) ran away from St. Katherine for a 113-51 victory tonight at the Orleans Arena.
Vegas Play of the Day: Wyoming at SMU
Friday, Dec. 5, 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 ...
Depleted Rebels heading to home away from home for St. Katherine
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
The next opponent is exactly what UNLV needs, because on short rest with two players doubtful and another looking for his next school, anything more than St. Katherine (1-7) could be trouble for the Rebels (4-2) right now.
Sophomore guard Kendall Smith joins growing list of transfers from UNLV
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
Kendall Smith’s UNLV career is over. The sophomore guard asked UNLV coach Dave Rice earlier today for a release after Smith stayed back in Las Vegas during the Rebels’ road trip to ...
Rebels get forked at Arizona State, limp away with 22-point loss
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
How does a team leading by 15 go on to lose by 22? Very quickly, it turns out. UNLV led Arizona State 21-6 less than six minutes into the game, nearly every shot ...
Blog: Rebels implode and Vaughn injured in 22-point loss at Arizona State
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
After jumping out to a 21-6 lead, UNLV went into halftime at Arizona State tied and never showed any signs of life in the second half of a 77-55 loss.
UNLV and Arizona State drastically different from last year’s meeting
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014
The most memorable individual performance in any UNLV game last season came at home when Arizona State’s Jahii Carson broke out for 40 points in an 86-80 victory. Fast forward nearly 13 months ...
Mountain West names UNLV’s Boyd the league’s top freshman
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
After leading the nation’s freshmen in receiving yards, Devonte Boyd is the Mountain West Freshman of the Year, the league announced this morning. Boyd is also a second-team all-league pick, joining senior offensive lineman Brett Boyko with that honor.
Familiar faces: Next opponent includes one of many UNLV transfers
Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
It’s hard to find an official record of such thing, but if there were a list of programs with the most former players currently on other Division I rosters, then UNLV would certainly be at or near the top. There have been eight transfers out of UNLV during coach Dave Rice’s first three full seasons, which is high but not entirely unique. That’s happening at a lot of programs these days. What is unique is that ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, Nov. 30, 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 ...
Hauck after loss to end UNLV tenure: ‘I love my guys. I’m going to miss them’
Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014
The final quarter of the Bobby Hauck coaching era at UNLV was played in front of a mostly empty stadium with the outcome already decided. In other words, the last one was just like the majority of the rest during his five seasons with the Rebels, a tenure that officially ends Monday following Saturday’s 49-27 loss to UNR.
In home victory against Albany, Vaughn finds cure for what ailed him
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
The same thing that appeared so difficult for Rashad Vaughn one week ago couldn’t have looked easier Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center ...
Blog: Hauck’s tenure ends with Fremont Cannon going back to Reno
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
Bobby Hauck's time at UNLV ends with a loss, his 49th in five seasons, as UNR turned a competitive game into a 49-27 blowout with a strong second half built on more than 400 rushing yards.
Revisit some of the pivotal moments in the Hauck era at UNLV
Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014
Nothing was surprising except maybe the timing. About 30 hours before the UNLV football team would kick off against UNR in the Fremont Cannon game, the university announced that coach Bobby Hauck was resigning effective Monday.
UNLV AD Kunzer-Murphy on Hauck resignation: ‘It’s not the coach. It’s us.’
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
Bobby Hauck has resigned as the UNLV head football coach, saying his staff didn’t win enough games. But Tina Kunzer-Murphy, the Rebels’ athletic director, says Hauck isn’t the sole person to blame. “It’s not the coach. It’s us,” she said. “We have to change the culture.”
Bern’s-Eye View: Forecasting Mountain West Basketball Week 3
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
Early in the season I have two main takeaways from the Mountain West: Wyoming is going to be a lot of fun and No. 15 San Diego State looks way better than I thought they would this early in the season. Those are a couple of scary propositions for the rest of the league that includes teams that are off to good starts (Colorado State, Boise State, UNLV) without marquee performances like the Cowboys and Aztecs.
Vegas Play of the Day: Western Michigan vs. San Jose State
Friday, Nov. 28, 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.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Best Bets Week 14
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
After such a strong season it feels like I’m limping to the finish line after a rough performance last week. Finishing above 60 percent, which has been my goal for a few weeks, would require the first perfect week of the season, so perfection is the stated goal.
In return home, Rebels aiming to make their offense less offensive
Friday, Nov. 28, 2014
The Rebels (3-1) have yet to break 60 points entering Saturday’s home game against Albany, which tips off at 3:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center and streams on the Mountain West Network.
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: 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.
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.
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 ...

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