NCAA Basketball

Mark Lyons - Xavier

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Class: Senior
Hometown: Schenectady,N.Y.
HighSchool: Brewster Academy (N.H.)
Height/Weight: 6-1/188 lbs
Position: Guard
Birthdate: 07/04/1989

2012-13 Season: On April 23, Lyons announced his intent to transfer from Xavier for his senior season. On May 15, University of Arizona coach Sean Miller announced that Lyons had signed paperwork to play for the Wildcats for the upcoming season.

2011-12 Season: 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Third Team selection by the A-10 coaches...2012 A-10 All-Championship Team selection...has scored 1,194 career points, which is 28th on XU's all-time scoring list...second on the team and 11th in the Atlantic 10 Conference in scoring at 15.1 ppg., including a career-high 27 points against Saint Louis on Jan. 25 and a 21-point game in the St. Bonaventure win on Jan. 14...scored 20 points in the win over Dayton on Feb. 18, including XU's first four points in overtime...shot 42.5 percent from the field, including 39.2 percent from 3-point range...his numbers were up over the previous season's averages of 13.6 ppg., 40.8 percent from the field and 33.6 percent 3-pointshooting...scored in double figures in 29 of the 34 games he played in thispast season...posted the first double-double of his collegiate career with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Southern Illinois win on Dec. 25...scored 19 points at Vanderbilt, including 15 after halftime that included the spinning layup with six seconds left in regulation that sent the game to overtime...also contributed 2.8 assists (second on the team), 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals(second on the team) per game...scored a game-high 19 points in the Cincinnati win on Dec. 10...led the Musketeers with 22 points, seven rebounds, six assistsand three steals in the season-opening win over Morgan State on Nov.11...followed that up with 21 points against IPFW on Nov. 15, including 19 second-half points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field.

2010-11 SEASON: 2011 All-Atlantic 10 Conference Third Team selection by the A-10 coaches...had 23 double-figure scoring games as a sophomore, including seven of the last eight games and 14 ofthe last 16 games...scored a game-high 24 points at Saint Joseph's on Feb. 16 on the strength of 10-of-14 shooting from the field to go with six rebounds and three assists...scored a career-high tying 25 points at Charlotte on Feb. 2 and had 15 points and seven assists in the Feb. 5 win over Saint Louis...scored 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field in the Temple win on Jan. 22 and a team-high tying 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting against George Washington on Jan.26...second on the team in scoring (15th in the Atlantic 10 at 13.6 ppg.) including his big game at St. Bonaventure on Jan. 19: 15 points, a game-highand career-high eight rebounds to go with a team-high five assists...scored a team-high 18 points on the strength of a career-high six 3-pointers to go with five assists against Albany on Dec. 28...scored a career-high 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field against Wofford on Nov. 27...also contributed 3.1 apg. (second on the team), including a career-high 10 in the season opener against Western Michigan...scored 18 points in the Nov. 19 win over Iowa,including 16 in the second half...scored all eight of his points in the second half against Seton Hall on Nov. 21, including two big 3-pointers...tied for team-high scoring honors against Old Dominion on Nov. 22 with 14 points, including 12 points in the second half....had 18 at Miami (Ohio).

2009-10 Season: Fifth on the team in scoring at 7.8 ppg...fourth on the team in assists at 2.1 pergame...scored in double figures 13 times as a redshirt freshman, including four of the last eight games started in first 5 games of the regular season before coming off the bench there after...closed out redshirt freshman year with 2 points, 2 assists and 2 steals in 11 minutes off the bench against Kansas State on March 25 in the West Regional semifinals of the NCAA tournamentscored 10 pointesand grabbed a career-high 6 rebounds helping Xavier defeat No. 23 Richmond, 78-76 in double overtime, moved Xavier into a first-place tie with Temple in the Atlantic 10 standings...scored a season-high 19 points in the 88-52 win over Saint Joseph's on Feb. 17, while hitting 6-of-7 from the field, including4-of-4 from 3-point territory in 21 minutes of play...suffered bone bruise January 3 during a double overtime loss and subsequently missed three games...scored 12 points and 4 rebounds against LSU on the way to 89-65 victoryon Dec. 29...scored career-high 13 points against Miami on Dec. 27, going 5 for 7 from the field with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals, and was named Atlantic10 Conference Co-Rookie of the Week...joined Xavier's starting line-up on the first time on Dec. 13 to beat Cincinnati in the annual "Crosstown Shootout", 83-79, scoring 11 points in 31 minutesplayed 22 minutes against Kansas Stateon Dec. 8, missing all 6 field goal attempts and went 3-for-4 from the bench...came off the bench to score 8 points and 5 assists in Xavier's 69-64 win against Baylor on Nov. 29 at the Old Spice Classic...scored 9 points off the bench in 80-67 win over Creighton on Nov. 27...scored 11 points in 71-61 loss to Marquette in the Old Spice Classic opening...scored 12 points in 105-65 win over Sacred Heart on Nov. 21...made regular season debut with 12 points off the benchin 83-57 win over Youngstown State on Nov. 13...scored 12 points and added 7 assists in 87-47 win over Division II Rollins College.

BREWSTER ACADEMY: Attended the same prep school in New Hampshire as teammate Andre Walker, although Walker was there in the 2006-07 school year and Lyons was there in the 2007-08 school year.

PERSONAL: A sociology major...born July 4, 1989 in Albany, N.Y...mother is Jacqueline Lyons.

TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Arizona men's basketball coach Sean Miller announced Tuesday that Matt Korcheck, Mark Lyons and T.J. McConnell have signed paperwork to attend the school and play basketball.

Lyons, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound guard from Schenectady, N.Y., averaged 15.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game for Xavier University, helping the Musketeers to a 23-13 record and a berth in the NCAA South Regional semifinal. He connected on 42.5 percent (176-of-414) of his fieldgoal attempts, including 39.2 percent (58-of-148) from three-point range, and knocked down 76.1 percent of his free throws (102-of-134) in earning third-team all-Atlantic 10 Conference honors. His 58 treys led Xavier in 2011-12, while Lyons ranked second on the team in scoring, assists andsteals.

As a sophomore in 2010-11, Lyons was a third-team all-Atlantic 10 pick afteraveraging 13.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in 32appearances (31 starts), connecting on 40.8 percent (144-of-353) of hisfield goal attempts and 33.6 percent (47-of-140) of attempts from behindthe arc. Xavier posted a 24-8 record, won the Atlantic 10 regular-seasonchampionship and advanced to the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

A sociology major who will earn his degree from Xavier, Lyons tallied 1,194 points during his three-year career, a figure that ranks 28th in XU'srecord books. He saw action in 98 career games (66 starts), helping the Musketeers to a 73-29 (.716) record in that span, including two A-10 regular-season championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances. He averaged 6.0 points and 2.6 assists in seven career NCAA Tournament appearances.

Lyons is the first player to graduate from a four-year school and transfer into the program. He will be eligible to play in 2012-13 and will have one season of eligibility remaining.

Korcheck, Lyons and McConnell are the fifth, sixth and seventh student-athletes to sign with Miller and the Wildcats in 2011-12. Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett, Kaleb Tarczewski and Gabe York each signed National Letters-of-Intent with Arizona in November.

Both espn.com and rivals.com have UA's recruiting class ranked No. 3 nationally. Arizona is one of six schools nationally (Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan State, Texas, UCLA) to have four players listed in the ESPNU Top-100 rankings.

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