Jairus Lyles Wins Second America East Player of the Week Honor of Young Season

Jairus Lyles is ranked 12th in the nation in scoring at 22.1 points per game.
Jairus Lyles is ranked 12th in the nation in scoring at 22.1 points per game.

BOSTON – For the second time this season, UMBC junior guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) has earned America East Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors. Lyles averaged 27 points and 13 rebounds per game in a 2-0 week for the Retrievers, including a record-setting 32-point, 20- rebound effort in a 120-111 double overtime triumph over The Citadel on Dec. 19.

 

Lyles also earned America East honors on November 21. It was his third career honor, having earned his first on Feb. 8, 2016.

 

The 6'2" guard became the first UMBC DI player to record at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in a game and just the 12th player in Division I to go for 30 and 20 in the last seven seasons.  He was the first NCAA Division I player to accomplish the feat this season and one of two guards (Norris Cole, Cleveland St., 2-12-11) to do so (Sports Reference, LLC) in the aforementioned seven-year span.

 

Lyles also became just the fourth Retriever to record 20 rebounds in a game at the Division I level.

 

In the Retrievers' 62-61 victory at James Madison on Dec. 23, he scored 18 of game-high 22 points in the second half, eclipsing the 20-point plateau for the 22nd time in his 31 career games with the Retrievers.

 

Lyles is currently ranked 12th in the nation in points per game at 22.1 through games of Dec. 23.  He has scored in double figures in 15 straight games, dating back to last season...

 

The Retrievers, sporting an NCAA Division I program-best record of 9-3 through 12 games, complete their non-conference slate at Virginia Tech on Wednesday, Dec. 27.