Auburn trailed 24-7 in the first half vs. LSU before charging back for a 74-67 victory Wednesday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
Reed hit 7-10 field goals and 4-6 three-pointers as the Tigers improved to 1-2 in the SEC and 10-6 overall. The sophomore guard, who has been in a season-long shooting slump, finished with five assists, four turnovers and three steals.
Lebo said Reed played his best game of the season. "He finally made some shots," the coach pointed out. "He has been struggling. If you look at his statistics, he has really been struggling shooting the ball from three. He has been struggling from the field and he has turned the ball over a bunch."
Reed had made just 14-59 threes coming into the game. "We ask him to do a lot from the point guard position," Lebo said. "We know he is better than what he has played statistically. Finally, here he made some jumpers. He has been playing better, but hasn't been shooting the ball as well as we know he can. You know I recruited him as a scorer. That is one thing he could do in high school."
Lebo, whose Tigers return home for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday vs. Ole Miss, said he hopes the strong game from Reed is a sign of things to come the rest of the season. "He took good shots, made some key plays for us and ran our team very well," the coach said. "Hopefully, that will give him some confidence."
Lebo pointed out before the game his team needed to make more of its three-point shots and that happened. The Tigers nailed 9-19 behind the arc and shot 54.7 overall from the field. In the second half the Tigers sizzled, making 69.2 percent of their shots.
LSU hit 47.9 percent from the field and 7-24 threes. In the first half LSU hit 59.1 percent from the field, but cooled to 38.5 percent in the second half.
Senior Frank Tolbert scored 16 points for Auburn. He made 7-12 shots and led the Tigers on the boards with nine rebounds.
LSU fell to 0-3 in the SEC and 7-10 overall. It was a sixth straight loss for Coach John Brady's team, which like Auburn has been hit hard by injuries.
Auburn cut the big LSU lead to 30-28 with 1:07 left in the first half on a pair of free throws by Tolbert and trailed 32-28 at intermission.
LSU regained the momentum early in the second half, building a 43-34 advantage, but Auburn tied the game with just under 11 minutes to play on a hook shot by Quan Prowell, who was playing on a sore knee injured on Saturday at Florida. Prowell contributed 12 points as he hit 5-9 field goals.
A three-pointer by Lucas Hargrove put the Tigers on top for the first time at 51-49 with 8:54 to play. The game stayed close until Auburn pulled ahead by 10 points with just over a minute left on a layup by Rasheem Barrett, who scored seven points while playing at less than full speed with an ankle problem. He was also injured last Saturday.
Hargrove came off the bench to score 10 points for the Tigers as he made 4-8 shots and added five rebounds.
"We were just flat as a pancake," said Lebo when asked about his team's slow start. "I thought Lucas Hargrove gave us energy, at least."
Auburn held its own on the boards with the taller LSU team that took a 29-28 edge in rebounds. Auburn turned the ball over 13 times, two less than LSU.
Game Notes: The victory was just the 11th for Auburn in its 37 games played at the Maravich Assembly Center vs. LSU. LSU leads the series 43-21 for games played in Baton Rouge and 78-58 overall...Auburn struggled at the foul line, making just 7-15 attempts. LSU hit 14-19....The Auburn victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Tigers after losses to Xavier, Arkansas and Florida...Auburn has won its last two games vs. LSU and if the Tigers win the rematch at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum it will be AU's first season sweep of the Bayou Bengals since 2004.