Jermaine Couisnard led USC with 16 in the loss at Auburn (File/Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

USC’s two game SEC winning streak was lost in a barrage of second half shooting by 16th ranked Auburn. The Tigers caught fire with 15 minutes to play and pulled away to an 80-67 win Wednesday night at the Auburn Arena. The Gamecocks drop to 10-8 overall and 2-3 in SEC play.

Keys to USC’s loss to Auburn

  • The Gamecocks trailed 48-47 with 14:45 to play, but a 24-6 run over the next six minutes put the game away for the Tigers. The Gamecocks went 3-12 from the floor during that stretch.
  • Auburn hit 10 three-point field goals to USC’s 6, and outscored the Gamecocks from the foul line 18-3. The Gamecocks were 0-4 from the line in the second half.
  • Freshman Devan Cambridge, who was averaging 3 points per game, came off the bench and blistered the Gamecocks with 10-14 shooting including 6 three-pointers for a career high 26 points.
  • Jermaine Couisnard continued his strong play for the Gamecocks leading them with 16 points. Justin Minaya had 14 points and AJ Lawson added 11.
  • Each team had 12 turnovers but Auburn converted the Gamecock miscues to 16 points compared to 9 by USC.
  • The Gamecocks played without Keyshawn Bryant and Trae Hannibal, both out with injuries.
  • USC returns home Saturday night to face Vanderbilt at 8:00 PM. The Commodores are winless in SEC play thus far.
  • Final Stats

Frank Martin postgame

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