The LSU men’s basketball team continued its torrid shooting in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center during a 100-77 blowout of Oral Roberts University on Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers were 36-of-67 from the floor for 53.7 percent against the Golden Eagles, with all five starters making more shots than they missed. That group was led by forward Ben Simmons, who was 10-of-14 after knocking down 8-of-9 in the second half.
It marked the fourth time in six home games that LSU made at least half of their field-goal attempts. In those six games, all wins, the Tigers are shooting 52.3 percent from the field (201-of-384).
In its four losses away from home, including two games in New York, the Tigers are making just 38.7 percent from the field (108-of-279).
LSU coach Johnny Jones rolled out a different starting lineup for the sixth consecutive game Saturday.
Sophomore forward Craig Victor II, an Arizona transfer who had 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in his LSU debut Wednesday night against Gardner-Webb, earned his first start against ORU.
He responded with 13 points in 14 minutes of playing time after getting in early foul trouble.
Joining Victor were Simmons and guards Tim Quarterman, Keith Hornsby and Antonio Blakeney. Simmons is the only player on the roster to start all 10 games this season.
Patterson, Bridgewater sit
The Tigers had only 10 scholarship players available again Saturday when guard Jalyn Patterson missed his third consecutive game, and forward Brian Bridgewater didn’t dress for the second game in a row.
Both have knee ,injuries and Jones said it’s likely they’ll miss the next game against American University on Tuesday.
The family business
ORU coach Scott Sutton, the son of legendary college coach Eddie Sutton, is in his 16th season as the Golden Eagles coach.
Sutton’s older brother, Sean, who coached for two years at Oklahoma State, is a member of the Oral Roberts staff as well.
The three Suttons have combined for a record of 1,159-568. Eddie Sutton, the first coach to take four different schools to the NCAA tournament, was 806-326 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach.
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