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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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‘That’s who we are’: Rebels’ big run keys them to third straight victory
UNLV (12-7, 3-3) takes down Utah State (11-7, 3-4) thanks largely to 21-2 that opened second half
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Identity means a lot to Todd Simon. Raised in Michigan without much of a playing background, Simon worked his way into coaching with an aggressive mentality that ...
Blog: Rebels run away from Utah State for 80-68 victory
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
UNLV came out of halftime on a 21-2 run and Utah State could never recover as the Rebels finished off an 80-68 win for their third straight victory. The Rebels are back on the road Saturday at UNR.
Take 5: Rebels head to Utah State hunting for third straight victory
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
UNLV has bounced back in a big way from its 0-3 start to league play, and now it’s time to see if the show goes on the road for interim coach Todd Simon. The Rebels (11-7, 2-3) are looking for a three-game winning streak tonight at 6 Las Vegas time against Utah State (11-6, 3-3) in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The game ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oklahoma at Iowa State
Monday, Jan. 18, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Rebels hit century mark in dominant performance against Air Force
UNLV moves to 2-0 under interim coach Todd Simon with 100-64 home victory against the Falcons
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
Nine Rebels played in the first half of the team's biggest Mountain West blowout in at least a decade, and only one didn’t score. That one, sophomore Jordan Cornish, was ...
Blog: Rebels notch 100-64 win at home against Air Force
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
UNLV dominated from the start of this game until the end, moving to 2-0 under interim coach Todd Simon with a 100-64 victory against Air Force at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels return to action Tuesday …
Rebels looking to build on confidence against Air Force
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016
The Rebels aren’t happy that Dave Rice was pushed out less than a week ago, but entering their second game without him it might be accurate to say they are relieved. Senior guard Jerome Seagears said the players were generally aware of the situation their coach was ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Boise State at UNR
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Basketball Picks Week 9
Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016
We’re barely into Mountain West play and most things are going to shuffle, but the top two teams might not.
Rebels run over Lobos 86-74 in Simon’s coaching debut
Stephen Zimmerman Jr. and Pat McCaw lead the way against New Mexico in Rebels’ first game without former coach Dave Rice
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Todd Simon’s first game as a Division I coach ended in tears. It also ended with a win. A little more than 48 hours after fifth-year coach Dave Rice was sent packing ...
Blog: Rebels play fast and free in Simon’s debut, top Lobos 86-74
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Stephen Zimmerman Jr. notched 15 points and 15 rebounds, four Rebels scored in double figures and interim coach Todd Simon picked up his first career victory in his Division I coaching debut, an 86-74 victory against New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Vegas Play of the Day: New Mexico at UNLV
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Rebels hope to band together, start season turnaround vs. New Mexico
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
On Sunday afternoon, UNLV’s players learned that Dave Rice would no longer be their coach. A few hours later they were in the Mendenhall Center for interim coach Todd Simon’s first practice, proving that the season isn’t stopping, or even taking a pause, for the Rebels to catch their breath.
Take 5: Simon’s opportunity to impress with UNLV starts tonight
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
The question is straightforward and the answer will come over the next two months, starting tonight: Who is Todd Simon, UNLV head basketball coach? The third-year assistant leads his first game as the interim coach against New Mexico, a little more than two days after ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Possible candidates for UNLV’s next basketball coach
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016
UNLV nearly made this coaching change back in March, and if they had it’s very possible that Ben Howland would be coaching here instead of Mississippi State. But instead ...
UNLV makes change at basketball coach amid Rice’s struggles
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016
Dave Rice's photo is on the ticket for Tuesday’s home game against New Mexico, but that’s the only appearance he will make. Rice is out as UNLV's head basketball coach 16 games into his fifth season, with the official word from the university being that the former Rebel bench player resigned. Third-year assistant coach Todd Simon will take over as the interim coach, and terms of Rice’s buyout ...
Rebels sink even lower with flat 59-57 loss at Wyoming
Coach Dave Rice's job status is unclear following an 0-3 start to Mountain West play
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
The final real shot of this loss, UNLV’s third straight and fifth in the past six games, was an off-the-dribble heave from a guy who hadn’t made a shot in the game and missed nine of his previous 10 3-point attempts. UNLV’s top 3-point shooter, Jalen Poyser, had a nice view of ...
Blog: Rebels sloppy at Wyoming, lose 59-57 for third straight defeat
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
The last shot of the game, and potentially in coach Dave Rice's tenure, was an off-balanced 3-pointer from a guy who finished the game 0-for-6. The Rebels committed at least 18 turnovers for the third straight game, a third straight loss.
Take 5: Rebels trying to avoid three-game skid Saturday at Wyoming
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016
Everyone can see where UNLV could be headed, because the Rebels were just there. The season is starting to resemble last year’s seventh-place finish and the Rebels are trying to maneuver themselves to a different track. In the wake of Wednesday’s 66-65 loss at Colorado State — UNLV’s fourth defeat in the last five games and fifth in the last seven — the complaints ...
Rebels blow late lead, lose again at Colorado State 66-65
UNLV (9-6, 0-2) has now lost four out of five heading into another road game Saturday at Wyoming
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Losing tests your emotions, and whether it was a postgame tirade heard down the hall or tears pouring from the guy who felt he lost the game, the Rebels experienced plenty of ...
Blog: Colorado State pulls off comeback, drops UNLV to 9-6 overall
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
The Rebels led by five with 50 seconds left and then managed to squander the lead they had worked so hard to get and lost 66-65 at Colorado State tonight. UNLV is now 9-6 overall and 0-2 in Mountain West play.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Basketball Picks Week 8
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
We’re a week into the Mountain West slate and I don’t feel like I know a lot more than I did before we started. That’s reflected in my still awful ATS record, so at this point if you’re not taking these picks and fading them it’s your own fault.
Take 5: Rebels shift lineup ahead of week on the road
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
A week off after opening Mountain West play with a loss isn’t what anyone at UNLV would prefer, but that’s what they got. Now it’s time to see what the Rebels did with that time ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Oklahoma at Kansas
Monday, Jan. 4, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: The Rose Bowl
Friday, Jan. 1, 2016
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
‘Devastating’: Rebels’ errors too much to overcome against Fresno State
UNLV (9-5, 0-1) drops Mountain West opener because of 21 turnovers and end-of-game failures
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015
A gut-wrenching 69-66 home loss to Fresno State puts UNLV in an 0-1 Mountain West hole for the second straight year. The only consolation, if it can be called that, is that ...
Blog: Rebels open Mountain West play with 69-66 home loss to Fresno State
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
Fresno State's Torren Jones scored the go-ahead points on an offensive rebound and helped the Bulldogs complete the upset victory to put UNLV in an 0-1 hole to start Mountain West play. The Rebels committed 21 turnovers, which led to 31 Bulldog points.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West Basketball Picks Week 7
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
Much like the Mountain West itself, the nonconference season was unkind to this picks column.
Rebels’ quest for Mountain West title begins tonight against Fresno State
Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015
Dave Rice stood in the visitor’s locker room inside one of the best college basketball venues in the country and shared a message with his team that ...
UNLV lifts suspension for redshirt junior guard Daquan Cook
Cook was arrested on a DUI count in November and hasn't played for the Rebels since March 2014
Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015
UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has officially been cleared and is eligible for the first time all season following a November arrest on a count of ...
Bern’s-Eye View: Resetting the Mountain West at midseason
Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015
The Mountain West’s nonconference season has basically been the college basketball equivalent of finding a big lump of coal in your stocking. You could always hope it turns into something better, but it probably won’t.
Rebels shoot past century mark in blowout against South Dakota
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
Dave Rice has a business idea: Take the determination and anger that permeates throughout a losing locker room and create a concentrated dose available to any coach looking to spark his ...
Blog: Rebels finish nonconference slate with 103-68 win vs. South Dakota
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
UNLV made 18 3-pointers and never led by less than 13 in the second half en route to a 103-68 victory against South Dakota. This wraps up nonconference play for the Rebels, who open Mountain West play on Dec. 30 at home against Fresno State.
Vegas Play of the Day: Kansas at San Diego State
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Take 5: Zimmerman out as UNLV finishes nonconference play
Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015
A week ago, the Rebels were looking forward to the challenge of a big upcoming test against two Pac-12 opponents. Neither of those games went the Rebels’ way, so ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Wyoming vs. Marshall
Monday, Dec. 21, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Rebels can’t get over hump in 82-70 loss at No. 13 Arizona
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015
There was little doubt UNLV would bounce back from Wednesday’s ugly home loss to Arizona State. The Rebels certainly don’t win every big game, but coach Dave Rice’s teams rise to the level of competition more often than not, so the question wasn’t whether UNLV could compete …
Blog: Rebels have no answers for No. 13 Arizona, lose 82-70
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015
Dusan Ristic scored 20 points, UNLV played most of the game without freshman Stephen Zimmerman Jr. and No. 13 Arizona secured its 46th straight victory at the McKale Center with an 82-70 victory against UNLV. The Rebels wrap up nonconference play on Tuesday at home …
Bern’s-Eye View: What’s happening when nothing’s happening for UNLV?
Offensive droughts have become an issue for the Rebels, who need to avoid that today in 6:30 p.m. game at No. 13 Arizona
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015
Maybe the sky is falling or perhaps it’s just an errant basketball bouncing off your head from one of UNLV’s many long offensive droughts ...
Sun Devils want it more, fight for 66-56 victory while UNLV stumbles
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
No answer satisfies the anger after a double-digit lead turns into a double-digit loss. Better to yield the floor to the motorists who got a look at UNLV’s crash on the side of Jerry Tarkanian Court as they were speeding past en route to ...
Blog: Rebels blow big lead, fall to Arizona State 66-56 at home
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
A 12-point halftime lead wasn't nearly enough for the Rebels, who went on a long second-half offensive drought and got outrebounded 43-30 on the way to ...
To top Arizona State, UNLV must beat former Rebel at his own game
The Rebels (8-2) are focused on improving their defensive rebounding, which is former Rebel Savon Goodman's strength at ASU
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015
No matter what Alanis Morissette might try to tell you this situation isn’t ironic, but it is interesting. The Rebels have a lot on their minds going into what coach Dave Rice called Toughness Week, during which they ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Monmouth at Georgetown
Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
Vegas Play of the Day: Monday Night Football
Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
Here’s the latest installment of the Play of the Day, which uses odds from the South Point.
McCaw pushes Rebels to 11-point victory ahead of challenging week
Pat McCaw's 17 points and career-high 7 steals are big in 73-62 win at UC Riverside. Next UNLV hosts Arizona State then travels to No. 13 Arizona
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015
Pat McCaw is a defense-first team player. Pat McCaw is cold-blooded, and 10 games into his sophomore season he’s learning more and more how to take over a game. Both of …
Blog: UNLV holds off Highlanders, moves to 8-2 with 73-62 victory
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015
The Rebels led by as much as 18 in the second half but had to go down to the wire this evening to pull out a 73-62 victory at UC Riverside. Pat McCaw was the difference down the stretch, using defensive intensity that helped UNLV get the lead in the first place to create the offense needed to end a 17-2 Highlanders run.
Take 5: Rebels on the road again today at UC Riverside
Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015
This is UNLV’s first of four back-to-back true road games this season, and though the environment shouldn’t be too intimidating, the Rebels will have their hands full. UC Riverside’s SRC Arena ...
Rebels can’t overcome their mistakes in 56-50 loss at Wichita State
UNLV (7-2) has more chances than it probably deserved but fails to finish the job as Shockers (4-4) win 35th straight at home
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
It happened too many times to pinpoint one backbreaker, but they all felt that way for UNLV coach Dave Rice considering it’s the thing he values above perhaps anything else ...
Blog: Van Vleet scores 17 as Wichita State holds off UNLV 56-50
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Fred Van Vleet scored 17 points in his second game back from injury and he was the difference in an ugly basketball game that saw the Shockers extend their home-court winning streak to 35 in a 56-50 win. The Rebels fall to 7-2 overall.
Bern’s-Eye View: Mountain West basketball picks Week 4
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015
Three Mountain West teams are hitting the road tonight and they could continue what has been a pretty solid start for the league away from home, at least when you consider the point spread.

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