You can forgive Vermont for not defending him tight in the closing seconds of the America East championship game, as he had driven to the basket a number of times earlier.
But Lyles had no issue calmly pulling up and drilling the game-winning 3-pointer, setting off the most memorable stretch in local college basketball history.
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Issue 250: December 2018 / January 2019