STARKVILLE, Miss. — LSU freshman point guard Jalyn Patterson was sidelined for a second consecutive game when the Tigers dropped a 73-67 decision to Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon.
Patterson was in street clothes and didn’t participate when LSU players took the floor at Humphrey Coliseum for pregame stretch and warm-ups about 1 hour and 15 minutes before the 1 p.m. tipoff.
Patterson also was held out of Wednesday night’s game against South Carolina after he was injured late in last Saturday’s overtime win at Vanderbilt and experienced concussion-like symptoms.
“That (a concussion) is how they’re treating it,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said before Saturday’s game.
Jones said Thursday that Patterson, who is averaging 5.4 points a game overall and 9.2 points a game in conference play, would try to practice that afternoon.
Patterson did not practice that day, but Jones said he was able to do a few drills in Friday’s workout before the team departed for Starkville.
Jones said freshman center Elbert Robinson III, who was ill earlier in the week and didn’t dress Wednesday night, was available Saturday. But he did not play.
Sophomore forward Jordan Mickey picked up his 12th double-double of the season and 21st of his two-year career when he had 25 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in Saturday’s loss.
Mickey actually posted his double-double in the first half. He had 10 points and 13 rebounds by the time the Tigers went to the locker room trailing 31-28.
Mickey has now had a double-double in LSU’s past four road games: at Ole Miss (11 points, 11 rebounds), Florida (14 points, 14 rebounds) and Vanderbilt (25 points, 11 rebounds).
Mickey, who ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in rebounding going into Saturday’s play with 10.4 per game, posted the first 20-rebound game of the season.
There were five 17-rebound games, three of them by Auburn’s Cinmeon Bowers and one by Mickey, before Saturday’s games. Mickey had his 17 rebounds in a losing effort at Missouri on Jan. 8.
Malone steps up
Center Darcy Malone started his sixth straight game Saturday and turned in one of his most productive outings of his two-year career.
Malone missed both of his field-goal attempts, but he made a pair of free throws for two points. He also had four rebounds, three assists and three blocked shots in logging a career-high 26 minutes. His assists and blocks were career highs.
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