Published: Mon, December 21, 2015
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ben Simmons leads LSU to another victory

Ben Simmons leads LSU to another victory

Simmons hardly missed a beat after a relatively quiet first half - for him, anyway - as he poured in 20 second-half points in LSU's 100-77 rout of Oral Roberts in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Forward Craig Victor and guard Antonio Blakeney had nine points each in the first half, and guard Tim Quarterman chipped in with seven to give LSU (6-4) some separation early.

LSU came out of the box with an aggressive style on both offense and defense and it showed as the Tigers held GWU to just 24 percent from the field in the first half in building a 42-23 halftime lead.

Kris Martin came off the bench to lead the Eagles with 18 points, anchored by 3-of-5 shooting from outside the 3-point arc. The Golden Eagles were 10-24 (41.7 percent) from the field in the first half.

Simmons is now averaging 18.7 points, 13.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

However, Simmons answered with another seven points - two foul shots, a three-point play and a field goal.

LSU guard Keith Hornsby was a key to the defensive effort against Oral Roberts on Saturday. Emegano had 16 points, while Albert Owens had 12 and Brandon Conley 11.

Five LSU players scored in double digits, with freshman Ben Simmons leading the way with 24 points. "We made him take tough shots, and that's what we wanted him to do". We have to get better and try to correct some things. I think he was 3-for-6 last game (on 3-pointers) and again (Saturday), so that was what we kind of envisioned with him.

Senior guard Keith Hornsby made his first appearance of the season during Sunday's loss to the Houston Cougars, scoring a career-high 33 points. "We played as a team and got a couple of stops and shared the ball well".

The Golden Eagles committed 15 turnovers and LSU had a 26-14 advantage in points off turnovers and 12-7 on second chance points as for the second straight game LSU was able to get a solid rebound advantage, 40-30, and 16-11 on the offensive boards.

The LSU basketball team is starting to look like the group everyone was expecting and hoping to see this season.

It is no coincidence that LSU's recent turnaround has coincided with the return of two players who will be playing crucial roles for the Tigers this season.

With Hornsby and Blakeney hounding him early, Emegano missed his first four field goals and also the front end of a one-and-one.

The Golden Eagles will close the non-conference schedule with a trip to New Mexico State for a Monday showdown before taking a break for Christmas. The SEC and SEC Network asked the schools to switch, and now, LSU and Oral Roberts will play the second of what are five games scheduled for the SEC Network on a major day of hoops Saturday. She was 5-of-16 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line in her fifth game of double-digit scoring this season.

ORU blocked 5 shots, the most against the Tigers this season.



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