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Auburn's Horace Spencer will miss the rest of the season

Horace Spencer (0).Auburn basketball vs Georgia State on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 in Auburn, Ala. Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics

Auburn forward Horace Spencer will have season-ending shoulder surgery later this week.

The sophomore forward, who has started 12 games this season, has missed the Tigers last three games since he suffered the injury against Tennessee. The 6-foot-8, 220 pound Spencer leads the team with 28 blocked shots.

"Horace is one of our toughest players and he's a fighter and he's not afraid," Tigers coach Bruce Pearl said. "He's a really good teammate. Horace has got a little bit of mother hen and he's got a little bit of big brother in him. He's a bit of a protector."

Spencer has played both center and forward for Auburn this season, averaging 4.8 points and 3.4 rebounds a game.

Pearl says Spencer is scheduled for surgery on Thursday. It's his second procedure of since the end of last season. Spencer had meniscus surgery on his left knee over the summer.

Auburn (16-9, 5-7 SEC) hosts 15th-ranked Florida (20-5, 10-2 SEC) Tuesday night at Auburn Arena. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on SEC Network.

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