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Broome leads Tigers past Gamecocks on the road

Another pair of double-doubles, belonging to Johni Broome and Wendell Green JR., help the Tigers pick up a dominant road victory over the Gamecocks.

No. 16 Auburn (16-3, 5-1 SEC) knocks off South Carolina (8-11, 1-5 SEC) 81-66.

"We obviously respected our opponent, we played well early which you have to do," Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. "Our starters did a really good job. Give South Carolina credit, they didn't quit."

Broome led Auburn in points with 27 and rebounds with 11, Allen Flanigan followed closely with 10. Green JR. led in assists with 12.

Auburn shot 30-60 (50%) from the field, 3-17 (17.6%) from three-point range, and 18-25 (72%) from the free-throw line.

"I thought we had good defense, I thought we made some offense with our defense," Pearl said. "We put ourselves in a good position with some half-court stuff."

The Tigers controlled the turnover battle, only committing nine to South Carolina's 14. Additionally, Auburn scored 22 points off turnovers to South Carolina's five.

Getting the ball inside was clearly a focus for Auburn, as 46 of the Tigers 81 points came from inside the paint.

Gregory Jackson II led South Carolina in scoring with 30 points. Meechie Johnson led the Gamecocks in assists with five. Johnson II and Josh Gray led the team in rebounds with eight each.

Flanigan's 10 rebounds were a career-high for the senior and he fell just short of a double-double, scoring eight points.

Yohan Traore hit a three-pointer in each half, the freshman scored eight points in the game as well. 

Auburn will be back in action on Wednesday night when the Tigers face off against the Texas A&M Aggies at home in Neville Arena. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. CT.

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