BOSTON – A pair of UMBC newcomers, sophomore guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring,Md./DeMatha) and freshman wing Joe Sherburne (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.) earned America East Men's Basketball All-Conference honors in selections made by the league's head coaches.
Lyles earned America East Second Team honors, while Sherburne was tabbed to the league's All-Rookie Team.
Lyles began competing for UMBC on December 19, missing the first eleven games of the season. Despite that circumstance, the transfer has already produced the one of the top seasons for a sophomore in school history. He has already set school records for points (460) and field goals (160) and has tied the record for steals (53). Lyles' scoring average of 23.0 points is currently ahead of UMBC's all-time leaders, Rick Moreland, who averaged 22.6 points per game in 1982-83 at the NCAA Division II level, and Larry Simmons, UMBC's Division I leader with 20.4 points per game in 1989-90.
Lyles led America East in league contests in scoring average (22.1 ppg) and steals (2.7 pg). He earned the conference's Player of the Week honor on Feb. 8, after averaging 30.5 points per game, including a 37-point effort in a win over Maine on February 6. The 37 points scored is the third-most in school history and the most since record-holder Derell Thompson netted 43 in February of 1992. Lyles scored 24 or more points in 10 of 16 league games.
Sherburne started all 31 games in his freshman campaign and leads UMBC with 988 minutes played. His 31.9 minutes played per contest is currently ninth in the conference. Sherburne has converted 59 treys, the third-most for a freshman in school history and his 117 field goals made is tied for fourth place. He is eighth in America East with 1.9 treys made per game.
Sherburne earned America East Rookie of the Week on Dec. 14, after averaging 20.0 points per game and hitting 9-of-19 shots from behind the arc in two games. He buried six treys in a season-high 25-point effort at Duquesne and become just the second UMBC freshmen to convert six 3-point field goals in a game.
He is currently averaging 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. His 138 caroms are sixth-most for a UMBC freshman.
Lyles is the 13th different Retriever to earn a spot on one of the All-Conference teams in 13 years of league competition, while Sherburne is the fourth to earn All-Rookie Team honors.
With the help of Lyles and Sherburne, UMBC is averaging 72.0 points per game, the fourth-most since the 2000-01 season.
The eighth-seeded Retrievers meet top-seeded Stony Brook in the America East playoff quarterfinal round on Wednesday, March 2. Tip-off time from SBU's IFCU Arena is set for 7:00 p.m. and the broadcast will be available on ESPN3 and UMBC Athletics' flagship, Q1370.