BROADBEACH, Australia — The LSU basketball team traveled Monday to Australia’s Gold Coast to prepare for the third game of its Down Under exhibition tour on Tuesday against the Queensland All-Stars.
The game, which will be played in Brisbane, is set for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (4:30 a.m. Baton Rouge time). It will be audio streamed by the Queensland Basketball Association and will be available at LSUsports.net.
LSU was 1-1 on the Sydney part of the trip, defeating the Newcastle All-Stars in Newcastle 89-75 on Saturday before falling to the Sydney Kings 97-95 on a late bucket with 3.6 seconds to play on Sunday.
Upon their arrival in the Brisbane area, the Tigers worked out for about an hour at the Carrara Indoor Stadium.
Through two games, freshman Ben Simmons is averaging 24.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists. The Melbourne, Australia, native had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win over Newcastle and had 24 points and eight assists against Sydney.
Four other Tigers are averaging in double figures through two games — Tim Quarterman (18.5 ppg), Antonio Blakeney (14.0 ppg), Keith Hornsby (12.0 ppg) and Brandon Sampson (11.5 ppg).
LSU averaged 92.0 points in the two games, compared to 86.5 points for the opponents, and the Tigers are shooting 46.7 percent for the two games.
The back-to-back set of games and then the trip and one-day turnaround to Tuesday’s game in Brisbane gives the coaching staff a teaching point to the type of schedule their team may face in the Southeastern Conference and NCAA tournaments at the end of the upcoming season.
“The thing is these were back-to-back games (Saturday and Sunday) and they were tough, physical games,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said. “Our guys did a great job and they were conditioned well to play extremely hard and physical for the entire 40 minutes.”