Former Knights Peppers and Lyons Excel in Japan

April 28, 2014

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By Dan Forcella

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ORLANDO, Fla. ( – Former UCF men’s basketball stars Josh Peppers and Dexter Lyons have been excelling this season in the Japanese Basketball League.  Peppers and the Iwate Big Bulls have won 12 straight games and are 40-12 overall heading into the playoffs, while Lyons finished the regular season seventh in scoring for Takamatsu FA.

Peppers, who played with the Knights from 2003-07, led UCF with 14.3 points and grabbed 4.5 rebounds per game as a senior.  The Memphis, Tennessee native scored 1,376 points and knocked down 180 threes in his career that included All-Atlantic Sun and All-Conference USA accolades.

The 6-7 forward is currently averaging 13.2 points on 52.3 percent shooting from the floor for the Big Bulls.  Peppers has added 4.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in just 20.5 minutes per outing.

Lyons, meanwhile, led his squad with 17.6 points per game, adding 5.9 rebounds and a team-best 3.1 assists per game.  His 1.8 steals per game led Takamatsu, and ranked Lyons sixth in the league.

During his time with UCF from 2002-04, Lyons earned First Team All-Atlantic Sun honors and was named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year.  He was also named the A-Sun Tournament MVP after leading the Knights with 18.3 points per game in 2003-04.

Both Pepper and Lyons were members of UCF’s teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament in the 2000s.  The pair led the Knights to an A-Sun Championship and NCAA berth in 2004, while Peppers brought UCF back to the Big Dance for a second straight season in 2005 with another conference championship.