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Tusculum University guard Dillon Smith has been named the Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month for February.

Smith, a senior from Lexington, Tennessee, averaged 17.3 points per game in leading the TU men’s basketball team to a 6-3 record during the month as the Pioneers finished fourth in the final South Atlantic Conference standings.

He scored a career-high 22 points on three occasions over his last nine games including Newberry (Feb. 1), Carson-Newman (Feb. 19) and Wingate (Feb. 29).

During the month, he went 28-of-62 from three-point territory for 45.2 percent and also went 26-of-29 from the free throw line (89.7%).  He averaged 3.1 rebounds per contest and dished out 12 total assists and recorded a dozen steals defensively. He enters this week’s Pilot/Flying J SAC Basketball Tournament on a 14-game streak where he has connected on at least one 3-point field goal.

He is averaging 11.5 points per game this season and is shooting a team-best 89.7 percent from the free throw line. The Pioneers ended the regular season with an 18-12 record and are the No. 4 seed in this week’s SAC Tournament

The Tusculum Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville.  The Applebee's Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2019-2020 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.

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