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No. 12 Auburn Defeats 15th-ranked South Carolina 86-55 in SEC Quarterfinals
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No. 12 Auburn Defeats 15th-ranked South Carolina 86-55 in SEC Quarterfinals

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Gamecocks now wait to hear their name called on Selection Sunday to find out team's NCAA Tournament destination

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Johni Broome had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 12 Auburn to an 86-55 win over 15th-ranked South Carolina on Friday at the Southeastern Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

Auburn (25-7) defeated South Carolina by 40 when these teams met in the regular season. The Tigers led by as much as 32 on Friday.

Chaney Johnson scored 11 points and K.D. Johnson added 10 for Auburn. The second-seeded Tigers will play in the semifinals Saturday against ninth-seeded Mississippi State, which earlier in the day beat regular-season champ Tennessee 73-56.

South Carolina (26-7) trimmed the lead to 10 points twice. Auburn answered and continued to build its offensive momentum to lead 46-26 at the half. The second half was much of the same with Auburn dominating offensively and defensively.

B.J. Mack’s 14 points paced South Carolina with Zachary Davis adding 10 points.

Auburn shot 49.3% from the field while holding South Carolina to 28.1%.


  • Auburn shot 49.3 percent (34-for-69) from the field and 47.4 percent (9-for-19) from three. The Tigers managed a plus 20 margin in the paint outscoring the Gamecocks (42-22) in the trenches.


  • Graduate forward B.J. Mack led Carolina in scoring for the 10th time this season with 14 points, making all eight of his free throw attempts.
  • Sophomore guard Zachary Davis led Carolina in assists for the second straight game notching four helpers. It marks his third game this season leading the team in passing.
  • Mack, Davis, and freshman forward Collin Murray-Boyles each had eight rebounds to lead Carolina on the glass. It marks Mack’s 10th, Davis’s third, and Murray-Boyles’s 11th game leading in rebounds this season.
  • Davis added 10 points recording his sixth game in double-figures this year.


The Gamecocks (26-7, 13-5 SEC) travel back to Columbia and await their destination for the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Selection Sunday is March 17th, where the field of 64 will be announced live at 6 p.m. (ET) on CBS. Carolina will be making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2017 when the team advanced to the first and only Final Four in program history after wins over Marquette, Duke, Baylor and Florida.