Closed his career ranked ninth in three-pointers (84), 10th in three-point attempts (246) and ninth in three-point percentage (.342) at Tulane.
As a Senior): Averaged 14.5 minutes overall, but 18.7 in league games. Cracked double figures in scoring for the sixth time in 2004-05 with 10 against Cincinnati (3/2), while playing a season-high 28 minutes. Scored seven points with five rebounds against Charlotte (2/19). Tallied 10 points with three rebounds and two assists against Southern Miss (2/9). Scored eight points with three assists against Louisville (1/29). Had a season-best seven boards against Southern Miss (1/22). Scored a season-high 14 points with four rebounds to key the Wave victory over UAB (1/19). Played a season-high 25 minutes against Princeton, tallying season-bests of 12 points and three assists. Cracked double digits against Prairie View (11/27) with an even 10.
As a Junior (2003-04): Ranked fifth on the team in scoring (7.2 ppg) and led the team with 36 three-pointers. Scored in double figures eight times after entering the season with three such efforts. Had 202 points and 75 rebounds after tallying 106 points and 37 rebounds in his first two seasons COMBINED. After just seven games, had career bests in essentially every statistical category. Had his first double-figure scoring game since Dec. 31st when he led the Wave with 15 points (three three-pointers) against East Carolina (2/18). Played the entire second half in the win over TCU (2/14), scoring eight points, including a key three-pointer with 2:07 to go that put the Wave ahead 62-61. Scored seven points against #8 Louisville (1/17). Led the Wave with 13 points (all in the second half) in the comeback win against Nicholls State (12/31). Tallied double figures for sixth time against Southeastern La.(12/20), finishing with a game-high 18 points, including hitting 7-of-9 shots and 3-of-4 three-pointers. Finished with 15 points, five rebounds and five assists in the win over Northwestern State (12/9). Tallied a team-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds in the victory against Rice (12/6). Registered 10 points, four assists and zero turnovers against UNO (12/3). Exploded for a career-high 21 points (5-of-6 from three) in the opening night win against Southern (11/25). Added 13 points and career-bests of eight rebounds and five assists against Loyola (11/30).
As a Sophomore (2002-03): Connected on 41.9 percent (13-of-31) of his three-point attempts. After opening the season strong (17.0 mpg in first four games), suffered a sprained ankle which limited him the remainder of the season. Saw double figures in minutes in seven games, including a career-best 21 against UCF (11/29) when he scored 13 points on a trio of three-pointers, a jumper and a pair of free throws. In 18 minutes against Savannah State, drilled four three-pointers to finish with a career-best 17 points in a Wave rout (12/20). Scored three points in 12 minutes against TCU (1/22) after not playing in three straight games. Missed the UNO (12/5) and SEMO (12/1) games due to the ankle injury, but returned to play five minutes against Vanderbilt (12/7). Played 20 minutes or more twice, after entering the year with a career-high of 19 minutes. Started three games, after just one start as a freshman.
As a Freshman (2001-02): One of the top shooters off the Wave bench. His lone basket against Memphis (2/4) was a putback with 2:02 to go which gave the Wave a 70-69 lead. Collected a career-high 10 points (all in the first half) against TCU (1/19). Scored eight points against Southern Miss (1/15), including a 40-foot half-time buzzer-beating three-pointer. Knocked down a key three-pointer against Houston (1/8). Scored three key points in a 17-7 Tulane run which put the Lipscomb game (12/21) away, finishing with a career-high six points, two rebounds and two steals after making his first career start. Opened his career with three points and three assists against Loyola (11/16).
Prep: Lettered for five years in basketball at John Curtis, playing the last three years for Coach Michael Krajcer. Scored 2,800 points and was a three-time team MVP in his career. As a senior, earned all-state, all-metro and all-district honors after averaging 25.7 points per game and leading his team to a 25-4 record. His team's leading rebounder and an 83 percent free-throw shooter, he also was named an Honorable Mention All-American by Street & Smith's Magazine. His 28.4 points per game as a junior was the top mark in metro New Orleans. A four-time All-East Jeffereson honoree, he averaged 25.5 points as a sophomore and 14.0 as a freshman. Twice scored 45 points in a game, including as a junior against district champion Carver. Also lettered in track for four years at John Curtis.
Personal: Benjamin Allen Benfield. Born March 21, 1982 in New Orleans. The son of Paul and Linda Benfield. Earned high school honors as the Outstanding Scholar in Art. His uncle, Paul Zinser, played basketball and baseball for LSU, before moving on to a professional baseball career.
Benfield's Career Stats:
|Year ||G-GS ||Min-Avg ||FG-A ||Pct. ||3FG-A ||Pct. ||FT-A ||Pct. ||Reb ||Avg. ||PF-D ||Ast ||TO ||Blk ||Stl ||TP ||Avg.|
|2001-02 ||25-1 ||187-7.5 ||18-47 ||.383 ||11-30 ||.367 ||7-10 ||.700 ||22 ||0.9 ||14-0 ||14 ||11 ||0 ||5 ||54 ||2.2|
|2002-03 ||16-3 ||148-9.3 ||18-42 ||.429 ||13-31 ||.419 ||3-6 ||.500 ||15 ||0.9 ||17-0 ||6 ||6 ||0 ||7 ||52 ||3.3|
|2003-04 ||28-11 ||557-19.9 ||71-177 ||.401 ||36-100 ||.360 ||24-35 ||.686 ||75 ||2.7 ||45-1 ||36 ||31 ||1 ||22 ||202 ||7.2|
|2004-05 ||25-2 ||363-14.5 ||39-130 ||.300 ||24-85 ||.282 ||20-24 ||.833 ||44 ||1.8 ||40-1 ||27 ||35 ||2 ||9 ||122 ||4.9|
|Career ||94-17 ||1255-13.4 ||146-396 ||.369 ||84-246 ||.341 ||54-75 ||.720 ||154 ||1.6 ||117-2 ||83 ||83 ||3 ||43 ||430 ||4.6|