Gamecock men upset Auburn in basketball

South Carolina upset No. 10 Auburn’s Saturday by a score of  84-75.

Auburn also lost Anfernee McLemore for the season with a horrific injury late in the first half.

The Tigers (23-4, 11-3 SEC) will take McLemore back to Auburn with the team and he will most likely have surgery Sunday. McLemore will need up to six months to recover. Before leaving, McLemore sat up and waved to the cheering crowd.

”It’s just sad,” Auburn forward Desean Murray said.

Auburn lost its focus early versus South Carolina. USC used a 21-1 first-half run to move in front by 26 points.

Frank Booker scored 19 points for South Carolina. The win ended  which ended its six-game losing streak.

Auburn, in the second half and cut its deficit down to 64-59 with just under seven minutes left. But South Carolina scored the next seven points to restore the double-digit lead, and Auburn could get no closer than six points the rest of the way.

South Carolina beat a top-10 program for the third straight season and defeated its first top-10 team at home since taking out No. 1 Kentucky in January 2010.

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

South Carolina coach Frank Martin said his team has worked hard this season but struggled to close out tight games.

”We’ve got to embrace this moment,” he said.