AUBURN, Ala. — Devan Cambridge scored 26 points, J’Von McCormick added 13 and No. 16 Auburn beat South Carolina 80-67 Wednesday night to stop a two-game skid.
The Tigers started off sluggish but ran away with it down the stretch due in large part to hot shooting off the bench.
Auburn (16-2, 4-2 SEC) had to lean on its role players after the starters went a combined 1 of 10 from the field out of the gate.
Auburn shot 46%, including 14 of 27 in the second half, and outscored South Carolina 38-16 in bench points. The Tigers also shot 86% from the free-throw line, finishing 18 of 21. Three Tigers finished in double figures with Samir Doughty adding 11.
South Carolina (10-8, 2-3) played without starting forward Keyshawn Bryant on the front line who was out with a head injury, but were only outrebounded by four.
The Gamecocks got out to an early lead when the Tigers came out cold from the field but quickly saw their lead vanish after a barrage of 3-pointers from Cambridge and Jamal Johnson just before halftime.
After a 7-0 run cut the Auburn lead to single digits out of the intermission, the Tigers used a 19-4 run to stretch their lead to 77-57 and put the Gamecocks all but away before the 7:00 mark. Auburn finished the game 10 of 27 from 3, and scored 16 points off of 12 South Carolina turnovers.
Jermaine Cousinard led the Gamecocks with 16 points and Justin Minaya added 10.
South Carolina: After winning two in a row in conference play, including a buzzer-beating victory over Kentucky, the Gamecocks fall back below .500 in the SEC.
Auburn: The Tigers were blown out in back-to-back road games by a combined margin of 40 points at Alabama and Florida, shooting 11 of 51 from beyond the arc. Auburn, who dropped 12 spots in the latest AP poll, made 10 3-pointers to defeat South Carolina and stop a two-game losing streak.
South Carolina: Hosts Vanderbilt Saturday night.
Auburn: Hosts Iowa State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.