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Tiger Takeaways: Tigers fight to finish against third straight top-20 foe

AUBURN, Ala. – On Thursday night, Auburn (10-6, 1-3 SEC) found itself in an unenviable spot, as the Tigers fell behind 30-10 after the first quarter at defending national champion South Carolina and trailed by as many as 22 points early in the second quarter.

But instead of wilting under the pressure of facing an uphill battle against the No. 9 Gamecocks in a hostile environment, the Tigers fought their way back in the game, getting as close as six midway through the fourth quarter, before falling, 71-63, in front of a crowd of 12,011 at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.