Gamecocks drop to 0-4 in SEC play with loss at Auburn

South Carolina dropped to 0-4 in SEC play for the first time since 2006-07, losing 63-52 at Auburn on Saturday.

Frankie Sullivan scored a game-high 22 points and Kenny Gabriel added 16, as Auburn surpassed last season’s win total and ended a streak of four straight home losses to South Carolina.

The Tigers (12-7, 2-3 SEC) continued to show improvement in coach Tony Barbee’s second season. They trailed 28-24 at halftime but took the lead for good on Chris Denson’s 3-pointer with 14:03 left and eased away from there. Sullivan has averaged 20 points over the past three games after averaging 5.7 points in the previous six contests.

The Gamecocks (8-10, 0-4 SEC) had won three of the past four meetings and five of the past eight, but they were too sloppy to stay in this one. South Carolina committed 23 turnovers – its second most this season behind its 25 against North Carolina.

Auburn’s win bucked a recent trend of the road team dominating the series. The visiting team had won eight of the previous nine meetings.

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