LSU freshman Ben Simmons was brilliant at times, but cost his team on multiple occasions throughout LSU’s 68-62 loss to Florida.
Simmons stuffed the stat sheet once again and was LSU’s only reliable source of offense on a day when the Tigers shot 35.7 percent from the floor. He scored 28 points, corralled 17 rebounds, dished four assists and made seven of LSU’s 20 field goals. At the end of the game, Simmons was all LSU had.
No Tiger besides Ben Simmons scored over the last 6:58 for LSU.
— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) January 9, 2016
The top player in the country was far from perfect in an electric road environment, however. Simmons turned the ball over eight times in the second half and fouled out late in the game. Although Simmons was LSU’s best player in Gainesville, Fla., he seemed to have cracked.
“A lot of plays down the stretch were kind of my fault,” Simmons said according to The Alligator’s Alex Maminakis.
Simmons picked up four of his five fouls in the second half, with two of them coming in the final 17 seconds of action. Simmons did not agree with some of the calls made against him.
“Those weren’t fouls but I guess you get those calls on the road,” Simmons said according to Gainesville.com’s Kevin Brockway.
Even though his Gators knocked off Simmons and the Tigers, Florida coach Mike White was flabbergasted by Simmons’ performance.
“I’m amazed by Ben Simmons,” White said according to Maminakis. “I thought we did a good job on him and he gets 28 and 17.”
The freshman also amazed the man who was on the commentary team for Saturday’s game.
Simmons is terrific, shot looks fine, simply needs to let it fly some. Best college prospect I have seen in 13 years of calling games
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) January 9, 2016
Simmons continues to amaze the college basketball universe, but his plethora of mistakes will define Saturday’s performance.