Auburn loses McLemore to injury, game to SC

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Auburn battled back to start the second half as the Tigers outscored SC 34-18 in the first 13 minutes of the second half and cut the 21-point deficit to just five.

After the 84-75 loss to South Carolina Saturday, Pearl confirmed that McLemore will travel back to Auburn with the team and "likely" have surgery to fix the ankle Sunday morning.

The Tigers (23-4, 11-3 Southeastern Conference) had won seven of their past eight and were heavy favorites to keep that going at SC (14-13, 5-9).

Booker led SC with 19 points while Mustapha Heron paced Auburn with 16. In getting the game back to five points with 6:58 left, Auburn outrebounded SC 23-7, and scored 18 points off 12 offensive rebounds.

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The only thing that was different Saturday was the result, as SC held on to defeat the Tigers 84-75. Still, the Tigers rallied to within 64-59 on Bryce Brown's free throws with 6:58 to go. Bruce Pearl's team clawed and scratched for every board and point during the second half.

Chris Silva had 14 points and 11 rebounds for SC, his sixth double-double of the season.

McLemore had to be taken off the court on a stretcher.

The 6-foot-7 McLemore remained on the ground for several minutes before he was carried out on a stretcher.

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SEC Network posted a screengrab of McElmore waving to the road crowd as he was being taken off the floor. His efforts hurt Auburn, who was sincerely missing McLemore. The Tigers' tallest players among those in the regular rotation are 6-8 forwards Horace Spencer and Chuma Okeke.

Auburn completely erase that run in the second half, and did it the same way SC built the run.

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"Give Frank Martin and SC a lot of credit", said Auburn's Bruce Pearl. Holden missed the past 11 games with a hamstring injury.

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SC rallied after falling behind by 14 points with 10:01 left in regulation.