Lyles Earns America East, College Sports Madness Honors; Akin Tabbed AE Rookie of the Week

Lyles Earns America East, College Sports Madness Honors; Akin Tabbed AE Rookie of the Week

BOSTON – UMBC graduate student guard Jairus Lyles (Silver Spring, Md./De Matha) was named co-America East Men's Basketball Player of the Week, and freshman forward Daniel Akin (Eltham, England) earned the league's Rookie of the Week honor.


Lyles was also tabbed as College Sports Madness America East Player of the Week.


Both players earned their second honor from the conference this season.


Lyles averaged 25.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game in the Retrievers' 2-0 week. He produced his fourth 30-point game of the season and the eighth of his collegiate career with a 34-point effort versus Maine on Saturday.


Lyles set a new career mark by burying 7 (of 11) treys and hit 12-of-22 shots from the field overall. His 34-point total was one shy of his season high and he became just sixth player in school history to reach the 1,500-point mark.


He leads America East in scoring (21.1 ppg) and is ranked in the top ten in six other statistical categories.


Akin, who earned his first honor on Jan. 15, averaged 8.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the wins over Binghamton and Maine. He posted a season-high eight caroms vs. the Bearcats, then re-set that mark with 10 three days later versus the Black Bears. Akin neared a double-double against Maine with 9 points as he converted all four field goal attempts. He has converted 16-of-21 field goal attempts (76.2 percent) in league play and averages 5.5 ppg and 5.1 rpg as a starter in all eight America East contests.


UMBC (15-8, 6-2 America East), winners of four of the last five games, passed the mid-way point in league play in second place in the conference. The Retrievers travel to Stony Brook for a Wednesday evening contest before hosting Vermont in the grand opening of the UMBC Event Center on Saturday.