TUESDAY, MARCH 02, 2010
Ben Smith, Lehmon Colbert earn all-conference honors
The highest scoring duo in JU history was named all-Atlantic Sun Conference as released on Tuesday.
Senior guard Ben Smith was named first team all-conference for the third time in his stellar career with senior forward Lehmon Colbert earning second team honors.
The dynamic duo will start their quest for an A-Sun Tournament title on Wednesday night when they face UNF at the University Center on Mercer’s campus. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m., with the game being broadcast on 1010XL – with Barry Milligan and Artis Gilmore calling the action. Fans can also watch the game live on ASun.TV for free, as well as following the live blog on JUDolphins.com.
"These two young men are very deserving of this honor,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. "It’s a testament to what they have accomplished this season and throughout their careers."
Lipscomb's Adnan Hodzic was named A-Sun "Player of the Year," and was joined by Smith, Campbell's Jonathan Rodriguez, Lipscomb's Josh Slater and Mercer's Daniel Emerson on the first team.
Colbert headlined the second team, joined by Mercer's James Florence, Belmont's Ian Clark, Markeith Cummings of Kennesaw State and Tommy Hubbard of ETSU. Clark was also named "Freshman of the Year."
Smith led the Dolphins in scoring, averaging a career-best 19.5 points per game. He dished out 106 assists, which led the team, while hitting 72 3-pointers – which ranks in the top 10 for a single season at JU.
He scored in double figures in every game but three, including a career-best streak of 20 straight at one point. He would score 20 points or more in a game 15 times this season, giving him 31 for his career.
He is the all-time leader at JU in steals, free throws made, games played and minutes played, with a chance to become the school's leader in assists.
Colbert, despite missing five games with injuries in the middle of the season, averaged 11.7 points per game and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game.
He has put up four double-doubles this season, the last being an 18-point, 11-rebound performance against Kennesaw State on Feb. 18.
The duo is now the all-time leaders at JU, having combined to score more than 3,400 points in their careers. Smith is third on the all-time scoring list while Colbert is 14th.
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