Auburn's Anfernee McLemore stretchered off court after gruesome ankle injury

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"I just got to go out there and hold his hand", Pearl said.

"I had to go out there and try to calm him down", Pearl said. "Obviously our hearts and our prayers and our thoughts are with Anfernee". You got a potential for a shock there. "I got to go out there and not have him sit up and look at it".

McLemore, who confirmed on Twitter his injury was a fractured tibia along with a dislocation and torn ligaments in the ankle. The result was not pretty, and McLemore was heard screaming in pain in the immediate aftermath. The injury was gruesome and we do not have him for the rest of the season. "We'll play together again".

Auburn forward Anfernee McLemore suffered a gruesome injury during the first half of Saturday's loss at SC. His projected recovery time is anywhere from four to six months.

SC coach Frank Martin said his team has worked hard this season but struggled to close out tight games. "Unbelievable kid, I don't know him very well, but numerous people I know that know him well, the coaching staff - unbelievable young man. God bless him and he will be okay. It's real frustration as a coach to see one of your players go through something like that". With the win, three of South Carolina's five conference wins have come against teams that were ranked at the time (Kentucky and Florida being the other two).

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McLemore was averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 71 blocks prior to Saturday's game. Tiger forward Desean Murray attempted to draw a charging foul on Gamecocks guard Wesley Myers.

McLemore suffered the injury late in the first half when a teammate fell backwards and landed on his lower leg.

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 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.

No. 10 Auburn almost turned around a devastating start.

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