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UMBC fends off James Madison 62-61 behind Lyles’ 22 PTs

December 24, 2016

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Jairus Lyles scored 22 points, collected six rebounds and handed out four assists while Joe Sherburne scored 18 points and UMBC held off James Madison 62-61 on Friday.

Joey McLean missed with five seconds left and K.J. Maura secured the defensive rebound to seal the win.

UMBC (9-3) began the second half with a 20-8 run and led 47-35 after Maura buried a 3 with 13:12 remaining. Lyles hit a 3 four minutes later to push the Retrievers lead to 52-39 before James Madison (1-11) began the climb back.

Ramone Snowden’s 3 capped an 11-3 run for the Dukes, cutting their deficit to 55-50. Nolan Gerrity’s layup and Lyles’ jumper and a 3 pushed the lead to 12. Lyles’ 3 with 5:33 left was the last basket of the night for UMBC.

Dimitrije Cabarkapa’s 3 with 37 seconds left brought the Dukes to within a point for the game’s final score. McLean led the Dukes with 17 points.

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