Anfernee McLemore: Stretchered off with leg injury

Auburn's Anfernee McLemore Stretchered Off Court After Horrific Ankle Injury

Having made multiple second-half comebacks this season, 10th-ranked Auburn dug itself an incredibly deep hole during the first half of Saturday's game at SC. "They showed a lot of heart, a lot of character". He's a 6-foot-7, shot-blocking, 3-point-shooting warrior.

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McLemore will fly back with the team Saturday night and is expected to have surgery on his ankle Sunday morning. Our prayers go out to him and his family.

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The Auburn Tigers have had a fabulous basketball season so far, but on Saturday, things took a bad turn when the Tigers lost starting center Anfernee McLemore for the season. McLemore was averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and had blocked 71 shots before the loss at SC.

"We used to say this at Tennessee: All things were equal but we had 5 and you didn't, and 5 was Chris Lofton", Pearl said. "They disrupted our timing".

As a team, Auburn grabbed 15 offensive rebounds in the second half and outrebounded the Gamecocks, 30-17, after halftime. The Tigers have lost two in a row to the Gamecocks and three of four overall in the series, including a 98-69 loss in Columbia last season, when Auburn shot 35.6 percent from the field and just 14.3 percent from beyond the arc.

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Jared Harper had 13 points but committed nine turnovers and fouled out with 23 seconds left. Heron added seven rebounds and made 10-of-11 free throws.

Chris Silva had 14 points and 11 rebounds for SC, his sixth double-double of the season. Brown is returning from a sprained right shoulder he suffered February 7 and Pearl said the junior is also dealing with a bruised foot.

SC had a 46-25 lead at halftime.

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Tom Green is an Auburn beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Everyone left on their schedule will be gunning for the first-place Tigers, and it's up to his players, Pearl said, to find a way to succeed.

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