Former McIntosh star guard Jordan Lyons etched his name into the NCAA record books on Thursday night.
Lyons erupted for 54 points to lead the Furman Paladins to a 107-67 victory over North Greenville. The talented junior hit a NCAA record-tying 15 3-pointers and tied the Division I record with 34 3-point attempts.
“It’s an unbelievable night,” Lyons told the Greenville News. “It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
The historic performance placed Lyons eighth all-time on the Furman single-game scoring list. According to school records, he is the first Furman player to score 50 points since Dick Esleeck turned the trick in 1969.
The scoring outburst also garnered media attention, as ESPN and a host of other national outlets picked up the terrific evening. On the SportsCenter Twitter page, the highlight video package has reached 266K views and 9.1K likes.
“Man, I’m so blessed,” Lyons said via Twitter. “I love this program.”
Lyons leads the Paladins with 25 points per game. He also chipped in 1.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 7 steals in four games played. Furman has prospered and is off to a 4-0 start.
During his time at McIntosh, Lyons averaged 20.3 points, 2.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 116 games. In his senior year with the Chiefs, McIntosh went 29-3 and reached the semifinals of the state playoffs.