(Charlotte,NC)  The University of Maryland Baltimore County Mens basketball team pulled off one of the greatest upset victories in the NCAA Basketball Tournament history. Saturday night the 16th seeded  Retrievers were  led by 22 year old senior guard Jairus Lyles’ 28 points as they dominated the University of Virginia  74-54.


Lyles ended the game as one of four Retrievers who scored in double figures (K.J. Maura finished with 10, Joe Sherburne had 14 points and Arkel Lamar finished with 12 points).The Senior  guard (whos parents are UVA grads)  and his teammates found themselves keeping pace with the higher ranked Cavaliers as the first 20 minutes concluded with each team scoring 21 points before retiring to the locker rooms at the half.


The Cavaliers who were  the number one overall seed in the tournament were playing short handed as they found out on the eve of the game  that they would be without the services of 6-7 Freshman De’Andre Hunter and his 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game . Hunter is the Cavs sixth man who has given the starting five much support throughout the  31 win and 2 loss season.


But I don’t think the absence of Hunter had anything to do with the  53 point second half the Retrivers ran off on his Cavaliers. Coach Ryan Odom had his UMBC cagers firing on all cylynders  as they outscored UVA 53-33  in route to the historic win. The Cavaliers were led in scoring by Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome who each finished with 15 points.


Up Next for UMBC who now has 26 wins against 10 losses on the season is Kansas State on Sunday, March 18  in the second round of the NCAA Championship Tournament. The Wildcats are the 9th seed in the South Bracket and are fresh off a 69-59 win over Creighton. Kansas State has a record of 23 wins against 11 losses,but they have not pulled off a victory like the Retreivers.


Trevin A Jones
(Urban Media Today Sports Director )

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