Auburn loses McLemore to injury, game to SC

18 February, 2018, 07:07 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Auburn Tigers Currently Projected to be #1 Seed

Auburn trailed by as many as 26 points in the first half, but was able to storm back in the second half, even without McLemore.

Auburn starting forward Anfernee McLemore left the court on a stretcher after a gruesome-looking injury to his left leg late in the first half against SC. SC coach Frank Martin announced Holden's decision a short time before tip-off.

McLemore took to Twitter to thank Auburn fans for their support and provide an update on his injury following the game. He said that despite dislocating his ankle, fracturing his tibia, and tearing ligaments, he should be back in 4-6 months. He averages 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game on the season. In addition to seeing its lead in the SEC cut to one game in the loss column, Auburn also has to account for the loss of McLemore moving forward. "For us, it's been next man up".

"It just shows that we can be a good team if we just follow what Coach Frank talks about and preaches to us in practice", said senior guard Frank Booker, who led the Gamecocks with 19 points. "We will find a way".

Depth was already an issue for Auburn, which makes the loss of McLemore for potentially the rest of Saturday's game and beyond all the more concerning.

Mired in a six-game losing streak, the tenth-ranked Tigers seemed like the wrong opponent at the wrong time for the Gamecocks. A Jared Harper layup cut the deficit to six with 1:25 left, but Chris Silva put SC back up eight with a three-point play at the other end.

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"I had to go out there and try to calm him down", Pearl said. "They had a lot of offensive rebounds".

Brown had 10 points, but he missed his first eight three-point attempts and finished just 3-16 from the field, including 2-13 from beyond the arc.

Frank Martin's team frustrated Auburn with its tenacious defense early, forcing Auburn to commit an uncharacteristic number of turnovers throughout the day.

Despite the result, Pearl praised his team's resilience.

There was only one thing Auburn could do when it walked out of its locker room after halftime in Columbia: fight.

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