SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009
JU men to host KSU at Swisher
On Friday night, Ben Smith became the 25th member of the most prestigious group in JU basketball – the 1,000 point club.

Smith will look to add to his career point total on Sunday at Swisher Gymnasium when the Dolphins (5-8, 4-1 A-Sun) host Kennesaw State at 3 p.m.

With his 17 points against Mercer, Smith raised his career total to 1,001 points – placing him 25th on the school’s all-time list. He is the second Dolphin to join the fraternity this season, as Marcus Allen joined earlier in the season.

The 1,000-point club will probably have more company before the season is over as Lehmon Colbert is within 130 points of joining the group as well.

“Ben continues to get better each day and knows that he still has a lot to work on,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “Joining this group also means you’ve got some good teammates that get you the ball in situations that you can score.”

Smith is the first junior to reach the group since Artemus McClary did during the 1994-95 season. McClary finished his career with 1,789 points – the third highest total in school history.

The last time JU had two 1,000-point club members on the team at the same time was the 1985-86 team. The 1986-87 team featured one 1,000-point club member (Ronnie Murphy) as well as two other future members (Dee Brown, Danny Pearson).

HARDY IS HOT: As mentioned in the Florida Times-Union story about Friday’s game, sophomore Ayron Hardy is shooting the ball well in Atlantic Sun Conference play. Hardy has made 30-of-37 from the floor (81.1 percent) while hitting 4-of-6 from behind the arc. He leads the A-Sun in field goal percentage at 65.9 percent from the floor.

STARTING FIVE CATCHING FIRE: Four of JU’s normal starting five is averaging double figures in conference play – led by Ben Smith’s 15.6 points per game. Ayron Hardy is right behind with an average of 14.0 points per game. Marcus Allen is averaging 10.2 points and 8.8 rebounds with Travis Cohn scoring at a clip of 11.4 points per game.