Auburn Drops Gamecocks, 79-64

South Carolina's men's basketball team suffered a severe setback Saturday afternoon in a 79-64 loss to the Auburn Tigers. The win was the first conference win for the Tigers. Ramon Galloway scored 20 in the defeat, but the Gamecocks connected on 25% of their three-point attempts and watched the Tigers connect on 26-of-34 free throws.

Ramon Galloway had a game-high 20 points in his first start of the season, but it wasn't enough as South Carolina dropped a 79-64 decision to Auburn Saturday in SEC action.

Galloway earned the start for the Gamecocks (12-7, 3-3 SEC) with regular starter junior Lakeem Jackson not suiting up due to flu-like symptoms. Galloway responded with 20 points, three assists and four rebounds, but four Tigers (8-13, 1-6 SEC) - led by center Rob Chubb's 18 points - also reached double-digits to lead Tony Baree's team to its first conference victory of the season.

South Carolina senior Sam Muldrow contributed 14 points and finished one rebound shy of his sixth double-double of the season. He and classmate Johndre Jefferson both contributed five blocked shots. Saturday's game was the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend with coaches from both teams wearing sneakers to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society.

The Gamecocks cruised to an early 15-8 lead but then went cold from the field. Auburn raced out to a 17-5 run and held onto the lead for the remainder of the game.

South Carolina travels to LSU for a Wednesday night matchup scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network.

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