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College Court Report Player of the Week: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers

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Jairus Lyles posted his second 31-point game of the season this past week, and he helped lead UMBC to a pair of wins on their home floor. (Source: Baltimore Sun) (Header: The Retriever – UMBC)

CANMORE, Alta. — Last season, the UMBC Retrievers made a run to the semi-finals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament, thanks in large part to the play of guard Jairus Lyles.

Fast forward to the 2017-18 season, and the native of Silver Spring, MD is up to his old tricks in his senior season. Lyles has helped guide the Retrievers to an 8-5 start through the first five weeks of the season, and they’ve now won four of their past five games after a perfect 2-0 week.

He missed three games at the end of November and into December, but UMBC was able to go 2-1 without him. In the four games since Lyles’ return to the lineup, the Retrievers are 3-1.

This past week, Lyles posted his second 31-point performance of the season on Tuesday. He followed that up with another big performance on Sunday against a favourite in the Horizon League.

For his efforts over the past seven days, UMBC senior guard Jairus Lyles is the College Court Report Player of the Week for December 11-17, 2017!
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College Court Report 2017-18 Preseason Awards: America East

Jahad Thomas does it all for the UMass-Lowell River Hawks, as evident by his two triple-double performances in 2016-17.

CANMORE, Alta. — The 2017-18 season tips off on November 10th, which means the final month without college basketball is finally upon us.

Fans all across the country are gearing up for another exciting college basketball season, and with the recent scandal involving the FBI and several power conference programs across the NCAA, the level of anticipation is through the roof.

Conference preview pieces are starting to circulate from various media outlets, and conferences are hosting their annual media days and announcing their preseason polls and award winners. It’s always interesting to see how coaches and media rank teams in their respective conferences.

With the season right around the corner, we are starting to release our Preseason Player of the Year awards for each conference, along with three All-Conference teams. Picked at random, we will release two sets of awards each day.

Last season, the Vermont Catamounts rolled over the rest of the America East, and all signs point to another dominating team in 2017-18. Canadian guard Trae Bell-Haynes took home the America East Player of the Year award last season, and will be looking to become a two-time winner to close out his career.

However, there are several talented players in the conference who are all worthy of the award. Even though Vermont is the team to beat, the Player of the Year award winner could come from one of the other eight programs in the conference.

Take a look below at who we have selected as America East Player of the Year, and who falls where on our All-America East teams, which feature at least one player from all nine teams!

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RECAP: UMBC notches first post-season win with 88-83 victory over Fairfield

Jairus Lyles and the UMBC Retrievers notched the program’s first-ever win in the post-season on Wednesday night against Fairfield.

BALTIMORE, Md. — Fans of the UMBC Retrievers have been waiting a long time for this night.

Entering their first round game against the Fairfield Stags in the 2017 CIT, the Retrievers had yet to win a Division I post-season game in their history. They made it to the NCAA Tournament back in 2008, but fell in the opening round to the Georgetown Hoyas.

Playing on their home court on Wednesday gave the Retrievers an extra boost of confidence. They were 10-4 inside RAC Arena during the regular season, and the Retrievers were looking for their 19th win of the season overall.

At the break, the Retrievers held a five-point lead, and looked to be well on their way to a victory. Fairfield came out on fire in the second half, eliminating the Retrievers’ lead before the first media timeout.

The second half saw both teams go on lengthy runs to take leads of their own. In the end, the Retrievers got the last laugh. An 11-2 run pushed the home side ahead for good, and they came away with the 88-83 win over Fairfield to advance to the second round of the 2017 CIT. Continue reading RECAP: UMBC notches first post-season win with 88-83 victory over Fairfield

RECAP: Ross’ game-high 28 points lead Hartford to road win over UMBC

Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points, leading Hartford to the 84-77 win on the road over UMBC.
Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points, leading Hartford to the 84-77 win on the road over UMBC.

BALTIMORE, Md. — Back on January 11th, the Hartford Hawks and the UMBC Retrievers squared off on the Hawks’ home floor. The result was an 84-68 decision for the visiting Retrievers.

Since then, the teams have gone in separate directions.

Coming into Thursday night’s tilt, the Hawks were riding a six-game losing streak, and had lost 11 of their last 12 games overall. Sitting at 1-9 overall in America East play, things weren’t about to get any easier for the Hawks with a visit to Baltimore.

On the flip side, the Retrievers came into Thursday night looking like a legitimate threat to the Vermont Catamounts and their chances at the America East title. Boasting Jairus Lyles, who is a front-runner for conference Player of the Year award, UMBC was looking for another win to keep pace atop the standings.

The tides would shift on Thursday, even if it was only for one night.

Jalen Ross scored a game-high 28 points for the Hawks, and Hartford overcame a 13-point deficit in the second half to hold down home court.

Hartford earned a split in the series with an 84-77 win over the Retrievers. Continue reading RECAP: Ross’ game-high 28 points lead Hartford to road win over UMBC

College Court Report Player of the Week: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers

Jairus Lyles averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game to help lead the UMBC Retrievers to two wins on opening weekend. (Source: NYC Buckets)
Jairus Lyles averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game to help lead the UMBC Retrievers to two wins on opening weekend. (Source: NYC Buckets)

The 2016-17 season is in full swing, and what an opening weekend we all witnessed!

On Friday alone, there were several upsets that saw power conference teams lose against teams they should have beaten. The biggest upset of the weekend came on Friday night, when the Wagner Seahawks went on the road and took down the 18th-ranked Connecticut Huskies.

Some teams have played two, or even three, games so far this year, while others have yet to play one. But, over the weekend, there were some impressive individual performances that were worthy of recognition.

So, with that, we decided to hand out some hardware for the first three days.

The UMBC Retrievers opened the season with two impressive wins over the weekend, and junior guard Jairus Lyles was a big factor in both of their wins.

Thanks to a 23-point, 6-rebound performance on Sunday afternoon against the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, Jairus Lyles has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for November 11th-13th! Continue reading College Court Report Player of the Week: Jairus Lyles, UMBC Retrievers

RECAP: UMBC Retrievers Spoil Maryland-Eastern Shore’s Home Opener Behind 24 Points from Will Darley

Will Darley scored a team-high 24 points, and Jairus Lyles added 23 points of his own, and the Retrievers spoiled the home opener for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, notching the 77-73 win in Princess Anne, MD.
Will Darley scored a team-high 24 points, and Jairus Lyles added 23 points of his own, and the Retrievers spoiled the home opener for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks, notching the 77-73 win in Princess Anne, MD.

Interstate ‘rivalry’ games are always exciting, even when it features smaller schools. They always seem to bring out the best in both teams, and that was the case on Sunday afternoon.

In Princess Anne, MD, the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks welcomed the UMBC Retrievers to town for their home opener.

The Hawks were coming off a four-point loss in their season opener against the George Washington Colonials. Their second half comeback efforts fell short in the end, and the Colonials came away with the 75-71 win to open the year.

On the flip side, the Retrievers came into Sunday looking for their second win of the year. In their first game of the year, UMBC cruised past Hood College, holding down their home court with a 92-61 victory.

Sunday provided another opportunity for both teams to build some early-season momentum. UMBC opened up a nine-point lead in the second half, but just like on opening night, the Hawks fought their way back and gave the Retrievers everything they could handle.

Unfortunately for the Hawks, the result was the same for the second game in a row. Their comeback efforts fell just short, and the Retrievers came away with the hard-fought 77-73 victory, spoiling Maryland-Eastern Shore’s home opener in the process. Continue reading RECAP: UMBC Retrievers Spoil Maryland-Eastern Shore’s Home Opener Behind 24 Points from Will Darley