Men's Basketball Posts School Record in Scoring, Edges The Citadel, 120-111 in Double Overtime

Jairus Lyles became the first DI Retriever to record 30 points (32) and 20 rebounds in a game.
Jairus Lyles became the first DI Retriever to record 30 points (32) and 20 rebounds in a game.

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BALTIMORE  – In a record-setting performance on several fronts, the UMBC Retrievers (8-3) defeated the visiting Citadel Bulldogs (7-6), 120-111, in double overtime.

UMBC junior guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) became the first UMBC Division I player to amass 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game. He finished with 32 points and 20 caroms. The 6-2 guard also became just the fourth Retriever Division I player to collect 20 or more rebounds in a game.

UMBC set a school scoring record by putting up 120 points. The previous mark was 118, which was recorded versus Gallaudet on Jan. 29, 1974. The Retrievers' Division I mark was 115 points, tallied against Central Connecticut State in a 115-107 win at the RAC Arena on March 6, 1992.

The 231 points scored also eclipsed the RAC Arena record.  

The Citadel, the nation's top scoring team at 102.5 points entering play, rallied to send the game to extra time and the second overtime period. But UMBC never trailed in the final five minutes. The period began knotted at 100, but junior guard Jourdan Grant (Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and senior forward Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) hit driving layups to open the period and give UMBC a 104-100 advantage. The Bulldogs responded with two free throws, but UMBC would only have one empty possession in the second overtime, converting 16 of 18 free throw attempts to post the victory.

The Retirevers led, 85-78, with 3:47 remaining in regulation, but the Bulldogs tied the score at 91-all on a trey by Warren Sledge with 1:27 left.  Grant and sophomore forward Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) misfired for the hosts, the latter with 21 seconds left, but The Citadel's Frankie Johnson left a trey short with one second remaining and the contest went to overtime tied at 91-all.

UMBC built a four-point advantage in the first overtime session, but The Citadel's Quayson Williams buried a trey with 15 seconds to play to knot the score at the century mark . UMBC had three chances to win in the final seconds, but attempts by Lyles, sophomore post Nolan Gerrity (Cleveland, Ohio) and Grant fell off the rim.

Lyles topped the 20-point mark for the 20 th time in 31 career games at UMBC and surpassed the 30-point plateau for the fourth time. The last Retriever to capture 20 rebounds in a game was Justin Fry, who collected 20 versus Hartford on Feb. 19, 2011.

Darley scored 22 points, 20 of which occurred in the final 30 minutes, while Sherburne scored 18 points and added 9 rebounds.

Gerrity produced a monster game, recording career highs in points (17), rebounds (15) and blocked shots (6). Grant added 12 points, while fellow reserve guard Malcolm Brent (Silver Spring, Md.) scored a season-best 10 points.

Sledge led seven Bulldogs in double figures with 24 points, hitting 6-of-13 shots from behind the arc.

The Citadel converted one more field goal (39) than UMBC (38), but the Bulldogs shot 37.5 percent, taking 104 attempts from the field. UMBC countered with 38-of-80 (47.5 percent). The visitors set a UMBC opponent record by converting 19 treys (in 50 attempts).

The Retrievers only countered with seven treys, but outscored the Bulldogs, 37-14, at the free throw line.

UMBC also set a record for rebounds in a game, amassing 65, to 50 for the visitors. The previous high was 60, posted versus Coppin State, on Nov. 30, 1978.

The Bulldogs started out hot from behind the arc, hitting 6-of-8 to open the proceedings and building a 17-12 lead at the 14:24 mark of the stanza. The Citadel held the lead until the 7:09 mark of the first half, when Lyles hit a layup to give the hosts a 27-26 advantage. Held  in check early, Lyles scored eight quick points as UMBC extended the lead to 44-38 at the break.

The Retrievers outscored the Bulldogs, 28-8, in the paint, in the first 20 minutes. They were sparked by Gerrity, who scored nine points and rejected three shots and Brent, who added seven points in the first 20 minutes.

With the victory, UMBC has eclipsed its victory total from a season ago when they finished at 7-25.

The Retrievers travel to James Madison for a Friday, Dec. 23 contest versus the Dukes.