Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Auburn forward McLeMore suffers gruesome dislocated ankle injury

Auburn forward McLeMore suffers gruesome dislocated ankle injury

The first half followed a simple formula: Auburn missed a shot or turned the ball over, and SC usually responded by capitalizing on the other end.

The puzzling results during the 2017-18 college basketball season continued and have now finally included Auburn.

No. 10 Auburn played an inspired second half on the road at SC, cutting a 26-point lead all the way down to five at one point, but it wasn't enough as the Tigers simply ran out of gas and bodies in an 84-75 loss. SC (14-13, 5-9 SEC) came to Colonial Life Arena in a three-way tie for the bottom spot in the Southeastern Conference after having suffered six straight losses.

Mustapha Heron paced the Tigers (23-4, 11-3), who remain in the SEC lead, with 16 points. 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.

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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. The sophomore forward was carted off on a stretcher with an air cast on his left leg. Auburn said McLemore suffered a dislocated left ankle and was taken to a hospital for X-rays.

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

Having made multiple second-half comebacks this season, 10th-ranked Auburn dug itself an incredibly deep hole during the first half of Saturday's game at SC.

Frank Booker led the way for SC with 17 points off the bench. The injury appeared to occur after teammates Desean Murray attempted to draw a charge on South Carolina's Wesley Myers but was called for a blocking foul instead.

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