BOSTON – UMBC sophomore guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./DeMatha) has been named America East Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games ending Jan. 6.
Lyles averaged 30.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in a narrow 79-73 loss to Albany and an 83-79 win at Maine. He scored 37 points, the most by a Retriever since 1992, on 14-of-19 shooting from the field in the victory over the Black Bears. The 37-point effort is tied for the third-most in a single game in school history and the most since Derell Thompson posted the record mark of 43 at Towson on Feb. 15, 1992.
Lyles, who has scored 24 or more points in 12 of his 14 outings as a Retriever, recorded 24 points, four rebounds and four steals versus Albany on Wednesday. He shot 61 percent (23-for-38) from the field for the week.
The Retriever newcomer leads America East in scoring (25.4 ppg) and steals (2.5 pg) in league games.
UMBC (6-19, 2-8 America East) hosts league-leading Stony Brook on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Entering this evening's game versus Hartford, the Seawolves (19-4, 10-0 AE) have the nation's longest winning streak at 15 straight.