BALTIMORE – The University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) men’s basketball team got some Prince George’s County help yet again as it scored a big victory in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Sunday. Jairus Lyles, formerly of DeMatha, led UMBC with 20 points despite getting hurt and not returning with less than eight minutes to go. Bowie […]
BALTIMORE – The University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) men’s basketball team got some Prince George’s County help yet again as it scored a big victory in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Sunday.
Jairus Lyles, formerly of DeMatha, led UMBC with 20 points despite getting hurt and not returning with less than eight minutes to go. Bowie native Jourdan Grant added a big three-pointer as the Retrievers held off a Liberty rally for an 80-68 victory in the quarterfinals.
UMBC (21-12) advances to the semifinals, which were set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (23-11). The game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Lyles helped out in many ways, adding a game-high eight rebounds and five assists before appearing to hurt his leg while making a basket in traffic. He made the basket with 7:50 left, hit the free throw to complete a three-point play, left the game and never returned.
The school officially stated that Lyles had a “lower body injury.” It appeared to be a leg issue, as the guard had a large ice pack on his leg while sitting on the bench. There was no official word Sunday if he’d be able to play in the semifinal.
Lyles reached 604 points for the season with his 20 on Sunday. He became the third player in school history to pass 600 in one season. Lyles also jumped into 16th place all-time in scoring with 1,086 points.
Grant took just one shot in the game; a three-pointer in the second half that cooled a Liberty run. The bucket gave UMBC a 75-65 lead and the Flames never drew closer than seven again.
Offense was hard to come by last Saturday when Bowie State hooked up with California University of Pennsylvania for a doubleheader.
The Bulldogs only managed two hits and no runs as the Vulcans scored two victories by identical 2-0 scores. The losses dropped Bowie State’s record to 8-10 on the season. California stood at 9-7.
Kaity Davis threw a no-hitter for the visitors in game one, while Portia McBride tossed a two-hitter in game two.
Bowie State did not record any hits until juniors Jacqueline Pickering (from Bowie) and Emily Lewis each got one in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, in the second game.
Bowie State Bowling
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) announced last Friday that Bowie State redshirt junior Sierra Davis and sophomore Diamond Carter earned spots on the first-team All-CIAA team for bowling.
The announcement came during the opening ceremonies of the 2017 CIAA Bowling Championship, which took place last weekend. Ten bowlers were picked for the first team.
In the first part of the tournament, after five team matches and five Baker matches, Bowie State had earned the No. 3 seed behind Fayetteville State and Virginia State.
Bowie State came into the tournament trying to win its third consecutive conference championship. The Bulldogs came into the competition as the Northern Division champion in the regular season. Fayetteville State won the Southern Division.