Scoochie Smith becomes sixth member of 1,000-400 club at Dayton

Scoochie Smith credits good health and talented teammates for helping him join an elite club within the Dayton Flyers’ record books.

The senior reached 1,000 career points Dec. 23 in a win over VMI, but on Friday, he became one of just six players in program history to tally 1,000 points and 400 assists when he sent the ball to Kendall Pollard for a layup less than three minutes into a 66-55 win over La Salle in an Atlantic 10 opener at UD Arena.

The first of Smith’s five assists for the night put him at 400 for his career, placing him in the company of fellow 1,000-point, 400-assist club members Jim Paxson, Negele Knight, Ramond Marshall, Jack Zimmerman and Derrick Dukes.

“It means a lot,” Smith said. “Everything I’ve been through, my longevity of playing four years and being able to produce on the court, just to be in a league with Paxson and those guys like that, that’s honorable.”

Smith has appeared in every game the Flyers have played since his freshman year, starting 82 straight games over the last three seasons after coming off the bench for 37 contests as a freshman. He now has 1,018 points, after tallying 11 on Friday, and 404 assists.

Being just one assist short of the milestone, despite recording seven against VMI, Smith figured he would accomplish the feat Friday. He said he didn't feel any pressure to get that 400th one.

“I knew I would get it,” Smith said. “My teammates make shots. I put them in position to get shots and take their shots, so I wasn’t really too worried about it.”

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