LANGSTON, OKLA. (Feb. 16, 2013) -- Our Lady of the Lake University's (OLLU) senior guard Lo'Ron Smith reached 1,009 career points during the Saints' game against Langston University today.
Smith, who entered the game against Langston with 988 points, scored 21 points to become the third member of the OLLU Saints men's basketball team's 1,000-Point Club with 1,009 total points scored.
Senior guard Robert Martinez reached the milestone on Dec. 30, 2011, against the University of St. Thomas. He is currently the Saints all-time leader in scoring with 1,914.
Last year's senior guard Ricardo Zanini scored just enough points to reach this milestone during the conference finals against LSU-Shreveport. He ended his college career at OLLU with 1,023 points.
Smith, a native of Dayton, Ohio, attended Warren High School in San Antonio. He joined the Saints team in 2010-2011, and he averaged 6.1 ppg. and 1.3 rpg., his first year. He had a season high of 23 points against LSU-Shreveport. During that game on Jan. 22, 2011, Smith made the buzzer-beating 3-point shot that took down the then No. 1 team in the nation before a packed Mabee Gymnasium. With 11 seconds left in the game, Zanini sank a 3-pointer to tie the score at 91-91. As the Pilots tried to regain the lead, Martinez stole the ball and passed it to senior Curtis Bowens, who drove it down the court and passed it to Smith. With just seconds left on the clock, Smith put up the game-winning three, sending the crowd into a frenzy. After that game, Smith was named the conference's Player of the Week. A video of the game went viral, with thousands of viewers watching the epic finish. The video can be watched here: http://youtu.be/CCx8ZxVVA2w.
During Smith's 2011-2012 season, he scored 332 points, averaging 9.5 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. He averaged 42 percent from the field and 73 percent from the free-throw line. He had a season high 18 points against the University of the Southwest. He helped the team capture the conference regular season championship, which sent them to the NAIA DI Men's Basketball National Championship Tournament, where they finished in the Sweet 16 round.
This season, Smith has doubled his scoring average to 18.6 ppg. He has become the Saints all-time leader in rebounding with an average of 5.6 this year and in blocks with a total of 33. His career-high 31 points was achieved during the game against Huston-Tillotson University on Dec. 8. In the 26 of the Saints' 27 games he has played this season, he has scored less than 10 points just twice.
Smith will graduate from OLLU in May with a degree in business management.