Memories are like money in the bank, they are worth more over time. How time flies, as on Dec1, 1971, Ronnie Lyons made his varsity debut at UK. The NCAA rules back then were that freshman was ineligible for varsity play. Ronnie was starting his sophomore year at UK. This would be Coach Rupp's final year coaching at UK. Ronnie was in the starting lineup as the Cats faced Northwestern in Memorial Coliseum. Lyons tallied 11 points in 26 minutes and handed out 3 assists. Ronnie Lyons attended Kentucky after a stellar career at Mason County. The Fieldhouse would be packed with fans from all over to watch Lyons do his thing. His thing was nailing shots from behind where the three point line is now and his quick hands creating havoc on defense. Ronnie was a five foot ten inch dynamo that made up is lack of size with shooting and passing skills. Ronnie scored 2,621 points in his playing days with the Royals and holds the record with most points scored by a senior with 1,216 points. Ronnie Lyons still holds the single-season school record for scoring average (33.8 ppg a game. He tallied 4o points or more eleven times during his days as a Royal. Thirty two times, Ronnie scored over 30 points with a 60 point outburst against Bourbon County. In a mind boggling eight-game stretch of his senior season, Lyons had games of 45, 45, 26, 44, 47, 38, 45 and 60 points.For me being a Bulldog fan, he broke my heart as he poured in 25 points against the Bulldogs in the second quarter alone as he ended up with 48 points. Ronnie in my opinion got robbed of the Mr. Basketball award as it went to Richard Brooks of Richmond Madison. Ronnie never got to show his skills in the state tourney as his Royals never made it to the big show. Ronnie played in the Kentucky- Indiana All Star game and also played in the prestigious Dapper Dan Classic in Pennsylvania. Ronnie scored 786 points at UK and he scored a career-high 28 points vs. Mississippi State his junior season. Time does fly but we do have our memories of Ronnie Lyons at Mason County and the University of Kentucky.

 

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