PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP/WAVY) — Jeff Jones made it very clear, he was not happy with Old Dominion’s performance in a 66-60 loss to LSU in the second game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. “We just weren’t into the game mentally,” Jones told the ESPN Radio 94.1 during the post-game interview.
“Our execution at the offensive end was just godawful. We got what we deserved,” he finished.
For the Tigers (4-1),Brandon Sampson scored 24 points, while Duop Reath added 16 points and 10 rebounds. LSU shook off a blowout loss in Wednesday’s first game of the eight-team tournament by hanging on down the stretch against the Monarchs (2-2), who will play St. John’s in the 7th place game on Friday night at 9:30 pm.
LSU was coming off a 35-point loss to Wichita State in which it shot just 28 percent. A day later, the Tigers shot 61 percent after halftime and stayed a half-step ahead as the game entered the final minutes.
Ahmad Caver scored 11 points to lead Old Dominion, which was coming off an overtime loss to No. 10 Louisville in its Atlantis opener.
The Monarchs shot just 37 percent and struggled at the foul line (8 of 15) for the second straight game.
ODU: Two games, two bad shooting performances. The Monarchs had to work hard for their looks against the Tigers and struggled to make them when they did get a clean shot.
LSU: At least coach Johnny Jones knows his team can put an ugly loss behind it. The Tigers responded by controlling the boards and blocking five shots to go with the solid second-half shooting.
ODU: The Monarchs will play St. John’s in Friday’s seventh-place game.
LSU: The Tigers will face VCU in Friday’s fifth-place game.