Feb. 19, 2013
After scoring 72 points in 71 minutes of action last week, Air Force senior Michael Lyons earned two national player of the week honors. He was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and the Lute Olson award national player of the week by CollegeInsider.com.
As the Mountain West player of the week, Lyons was nominated for the USBWA award, which was chosen by a representative of the association's board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.
Lyons, a 6-5 senior from Newport News, Va., averaged 36.0 points per game while shooting 60.9 percent from the field as the Falcons split a pair of conference outings last week. On Wednesday, he scored a game-high 27 points as the Falcons snapped an 11-game losing streak to UNLV in a 71-56 victory.
He followed that performance by scoring more points in a game than any Air Force player in over half a century when he scored a career-high 45 points on 17-25 from the field in an 89-86 loss to Colorado State. The 45 points, the third-highest scoring effort by a Division I player this season, were the third-most in a Mountain West game in league history and tied for the fifth-most in a single game overall. In addition, it was the fifth-best scoring effort in program history and the most points scored by a Falcon since Bob Beckel's school-record 50 vs. Arizona on Feb. 28, 1959. It was also the most points ever by a Falcon in a conference game and set a Clune Arena record.