Auburn vs SC basketball

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No. 10 Auburn defeated Kentucky by 10 points on Valentine's Day, making Tigers coach Bruce Pearl love leading scorer Bryce Brown even more heading into Saturday's game at SC.

Coming into the game on Saturday, McLemore led the Southeastern Conference in blocked shots and will end his sophomore season with 7.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 73 total blocked shots in 27 games that included 21 starts.

Auburn (23-3, 11-3) will return home for a rematch against Alabama on Wednesday.

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.

Booker led SC with 19 points while Mustapha Heron paced Auburn with 16.

"Today we played well enough to win", said SC coach Frank Martin, whose team was coming off a humbling 65-41 home loss to Florida in the previous game. "They had a lot of offensive rebounds".

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Mustapha Heron led Auburn with 16 points, but was just 3-of-12 from the floor as the Tigers shot 31.1 percent for the game. Auburn gradually fought its way back into the game, trimming the deficit to five points in the second half.

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

The game was marred by continual whistles as it lasted two hours and 33 minutes and included 59 combined fouls and 76 combined trips to the free throw line. "Desean's a 6-foot-3 power forward who is as good a rebounder for his size as anyone who has played at Auburn since (Charles) Barkley".

With less than a minute and a half left in the half, McLemore was playing help defense when South Carolina's Wesley Myers drove toward the basket.

Silva finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks.

"Our conditioning, our toughness, our resilience, our grit, is why we won the game", Pearl said. "Wes and Hassani did the best they've done in a long time". Defensively, Auburn basketball yields 72.2 points per game against the opposing teams.