Anfernee McLemore shares positive news after horrific injury

"Anfernee is a huge part of this team and this family", Pearl said in the statement. But I promise you, Anfernee McLemore will not be held down.

After the 84-75 loss to South Carolina Saturday, Pearl confirmed that McLemore will travel back to Auburn with the team and "likely" have surgery to fix the ankle Sunday morning.

McLemore took to Twitter to thank Auburn fans for their support and provide an update on his injury following the game. I got to go out there and calm him down. "I wanted him to see my face".

In the moment, which seemed to leave Colonial Life Arena silent, the head coach wasn't thinking about the rest of the game against the Gamecocks or even the rest of the season. You've got a potential for a shock, there. "It's real frustration as a coach to see one of your players go through something like that".

"That's not my first time experiencing that", Spencer said.

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. "I knew what happened immediately and I started praying in my mind for his speedy recovery".

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"I hurt for him", Auburn forward Desean Murray said.

McLemore, Auburn's starting center, entered the game averaging 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in a little less than 20 minutes per game for the Tigers.

Pearl, who has often called McLemore a "shot-blocking, three-point shooting five man that is a nightmare to match up with" this season, said McLemore is expected to undergo surgery on Sunday. He recorded one point, five rebounds, two blocks and a steal against in the 84-75 loss at SC.

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.

  • Stacy Allen