NEW YORK — For the first time this season, the LSU basketball team had a different look for the start of Tuesday night’s game with North Carolina State.
Jalyn Patterson, a 6-foot-1 guard, started 10 games at the end of the last season, but drew his first starting assignment of this season in place of 6-5 guard Brandon Sampson for the consolation game of the Legends Classic.
Patterson got the start in part because he was a better defensive matchup for the speed and quickness of N.C. State point guard Cat Barber, who had 22 points and eight assists in a semifinal loss to Arizona State on Monday night.
Barber had four points and two assists in the first half against LSU.
The other four LSU starters were the same as they had been for the first four games with guards Tim Quarterman and Antonio Blakeney, forward Ben Simmons and center Elbert Robinson III joining Patterson on the floor.
After scoring 21 points in Monday’s semifinal loss against Marquette, Simmons was unusually quiet Tuesday and didn’t score in the first half.
He only took one shot from the field, which he missed from the left corner, and that didn’t come until 2:27 to play in the first half.
Simmons, however, had four rebounds, three assists two steals and a blocked shot in 19 minutes of playing time in the first half.
Simmons started the second half by missing two free throws and an uncontested dunk.
He finished with 4 points before fouling out early in overtime.
The 20-20 club
With 21 points and 20 rebounds Monday night, Simmons became only the eighth LSU player to have a 20-20 game since the 1973-74 season.
Jordan Mickey was the last to do it with 25 points and 20 rebounds last Jan. 31 against Mississippi State.
The others were Jaime Lloreda, 2003 (30-21); Geert Hammink, 1992 (21-21); John Williams, 1986 (20-20); Rudy Macklin, 1980 (28-22); and Ed LeBlanc, 1975 (20-21). Shaquille O’Neal did it five times — the last in 1992 when he went for 30 points and 20 rebounds.
Eighty isn’t enough
LSU scored 80 points Monday night against Marquette, which is usually good enough to win under Johnny Jones.
His team dropped to 23-4 when it scores 80 after Marquette hit two free throws late and held on for an 81-80 win. On the other hand, Jones’ team is 7-17 when the opponent reaches 80.
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