Southeastern Conference

Newcomers Shine in Hoops' Season Opener

The five-star recruit came off the bench in the Tigers’ two scrimmages, so when he found out he was getting the start Tuesday night against Southeastern, his sweat glands kicked into overdrive.

Reid, a five-star signee in LSU’s fifth-ranked 2018 recruiting class, opened the action with a crowd-pleasing coast-to-coast ball-handling display capped off by a fingeroll layup dubbed the “jelly.”

In 21 minutes, Reid added six rebounds and two assists to his 17 points, but what caught his eye most was the play of his post partner, Williams.

Taylor, meanwhile, showcased his athleticism and sweet stroke, collecting his 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting in just 15 minutes of play.

Wade pointed out a free throw offensive rebound Taylor secured in the second half that led to a three-pointer from Mays.

Smart also helped key a defense that tallied enough deflections to meet Wade’s game-by-game goal, which was 40 a season ago.

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