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Anfernee McLemore Out for the Season … Pearl says Tigers Will Find a Way

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Saturday was not a good night for the Auburn men’s basketball team. With guard Bryce Brown nursing a shoulder injury and hampered by a severe bruised foot, the team’s leading scorer was only able to muster 10 points in limited action against South Carolina. The result was an 84–75 Auburn loss on the road in Columbia. But could the news get any worse for the Tigers?

The answer is yes because Auburn is down to eight scholarship players after the forward Anfernee McLemore suffered a nasty dislocated ankle near the end of the first half and had to be carried off the court on a stretcher.

It is a season ending injury for McLemore, who is scheduled to have surgery on Sunday. He entered the game averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, and a league leading 71 blocks on the year. His loss in the lineup could be hard to overcome.

Many Auburn fans reached out to the sophomore via twitter after his horrific injury. Anfernee responded to the outpouring of well wishes from the fan base with a tweet of his own:

Thank you Auburn Family for all the love and support! Doctors said I dislocated my ankle, fractured my tibia, and will need surgery for some torn ligaments. Not to worry. I’ll be back in 4–6 months. War Eagle, everybody.

Coach Pearl said, “”Anfernee is a huge part of this team. He’s a 6-foot-7, shot-blocking, 3-point-shooting warrior. Our hearts and our prayers and our thoughts are with Anfernee. For us, it’s been next man up. Now, we’re down to eight scholarship guys. [But] we will find a way.”

10 Comments

  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    Saw the play. McLemore went up to try and rebound missed shot and was knocked to floor when Auburn’s Desean Murray was hit by a South Carolina player. He landed on his ankle and it was bent in a gruesome angle. Felt really bad for him. Prayers for speedy recovery.

  2. hello2196 says:

    Hate this. Who will replace him, Spencer?

  3. dyingculture dyingculture says:

    I think Chuma Okeke is definitely ready for an increased role here. I think Okeke in particular will step up and the increased playing time and exposure will be valuable experience for him.

    Today was just a weird day. All of the top teams in the conference lost. Auburn is still two games ahead in first place with just four games to go. The bye games in the SEC championship will be a great opportunity to rest.

    Did anyone catch that Coach Pearl hopes to have a successful enough career at Auburn to have the gym entrance named after him, and it will be called the “Pearly Gate”?

  4. AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger says:

    Feel bad for McLemore and hate it for the team because it’s almost impossible to make a run in the tournamemt with only 8 scholarship players in the rotation!

  5. sparkey sparkey says:

    No excuses from Bruce. He will do his best to adapt and adjust. We could learn from him.

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