South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

What made the comeback even more incredible is that Auburn did it without starting center Anfernee McLemore, who fractured and dislocated his left ankle late in the first half.

Auburn made a strong run in the second half getting within five points with 6:58 left, but SC answered with a 7-0 run as the Tigers missed their next five shot attempts and committed three turnovers over the next four minutes.

SC head coach Frank Martin after 84-75 win over No. 11 Auburn.

Even in a game where his team was down by 24 points in the first half, Bruce Pearl's duties as a head coach at Auburn changed immediately. "They showed a lot of heart, a lot of character". Not to worry, I'll be back in 4-6 months. Auburn forward Desean Murray attempted to take a charge from South Carolina's Wesley Myers, and as he fell to the ground, appeared to roll up against McLemore's left ankle.

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"It was scary to see", Pearl said. Our prayers go out to him and his family. He recorded one point, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal against in the 84-75 loss at SC.

"South Carolina's extended defenses bothered us", Pearl said. "They disrupted our timing". Mustapha Heron led the way with 16 points while Jared Harper added 13, and Bryce Brown, despite not playing at 100 percent, finished with 10.

The Tigers struggled from beyond the arc Saturday (5 of 27), but they made 30 of their 38 free-throw attempts, including 18 of 22 in the second half. Brown is returning from a sprained right shoulder he suffered February 7 and Pearl said the junior is also dealing with a bruised foot.

Four top 10 teams went down this week, which means the tigers will move up in the rankings if they can get a win in SC on Saturday. Silva had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT on SEC Network. "Now we're down to eight scholarship guys".

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