BOSTON – Five UMBC men's basketball student-athletes earned America East All-Conference citations, the league announced today. The quintet, which ties the most honors collected by the Retriever program in 14 America East seasons, was selected by the league's coaching staffs, with the exception of the All-Academic Team, in which nominees were solicited from the institutions.
Senior wing Will Darley (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) earned his first career league honor, as he was tabbed to the Second Team. Junior guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) joined his teammate, receiving back-to-back Second Team honors.
In their first seasons with the Retrievers, junior guard K.J. Maura (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was named to the league's All-Defensive Team and freshman forward Arkel Lamar (Bridgeport, Conn.) earned a spot on the All-Rookie Team.
Sophomore wing Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) followed up his recent selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team with an America East All-Academic Team accolade.
The five Retrievers selected ties the 2008 championship squad's mark for the most All-Conference honors. All four classes are represented by the UMBC honorees.
Darley, who entered the season sporting a 7.4 point per game average, produced a brilliant senior campaign. He is currently averaging 16.0 points per game, eighth-best in the conference and scored at a 18.7 clip in conference games, the fourth-best figure in America East.
Darley set two records in 2017, breaking an 18-year mark by knocking down 31 straight free throws, and converting 10 treys in a game against UMass Lowell on Feb. 18. His 38-point effort against the River Hawks was the most scored by an America East player during the regular season. He is currently nationally-ranked in 3-point field goal percentage (45.2 percent, 11th) and free throw percentage (88.7 percent, 23rd).
Lyles followed up his brilliant debut in 2016 with another legendary season as a junior. He is second in the conference with 19.1 points per game and his current total of 535 points scored is the most ever by a UMBC junior and the fifth-most ever. The 6'2" guard also led UMBC in rebounding with 6.6 per game, the sixth-best figure in America East.
Both Darley (1,008) and Lyles (1,030, 1,017 as a Retriever) surpassed the 1,000-point mark in their careers on Saturday, Feb. 25 at UNH.
The 5'8" Maura took over the point guard role for the Retrievers and has recorded 119 assists (4.3 per game, 4th in America East) and just 47 turnovers to rank third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) in the conference. But the dynamic first-year Retriever was cited for his pesky on-the-ball defense and he also leads America East in steals per game (1.9). His 53 steals is already tied for seventh on UMBC's all-time single-season list.
Lamar finished the campaign in fine fashion, scoring in double figures and averaging 7.5 rebounds against Stony Brook and UNH in the final two games. He is averaging 4.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game and is also in double figures in steals and blocked shots.
Sherburne maintains a 4.00 grade-point average in financial economics. The 6'6" forward is currently averaging 11.6 points per game, leads America East in 3-point field goal percentage at 46.9 percent and is fourth in overall field goal percentage at 49.8 percent.
The fifth-seeded Retrievers (18-11, 9-7 AE) travel back to Durham, N.H., to play the rubber match against the fourth-seeded New Hampshire Wildcats (19-11, 10-6) in the America East quarterfinals on Wednesday. The two teams split double-overtime victories, as each won on their home court during the regular season. UNH earned the right to host as they prevailed, 94-90, on Saturday at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Retrievers prevailed, 105-103, in late January at the RAC Arena.