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Southern Miss. 81, East Carolina 78


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Neil Watson scored 17 points and Darnell Dodson's 3-pointer put Southern Mississippi ahead to stay in an 81-78 victory over East Carolina in the Conference USA tournament quarterfinals Thursday.

Watson and Dodson scored 12 of the 13 points in overtime for the second-seeded Golden Eagles (25-7). Dodson's trey made it 78-76 with 59 seconds left. He added a free throw and Watson made two on Southern Mississippi's next two possessions to make it 81-76.

Robert Sampson's layup brought the 10th-seeded Pirates (15-16) within three points. Watson's two missed free throws with 6 seconds left gave them a chance to tie, but Paris Roberts-Campbell missed from long range.

Sampson's 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in regulation forced the overtime. He finished with 15 points. Miguel Paul led the Pirates with 28 points and 12 assists, and Maurice Kemp scored 18.

Jonathan Mills scored 16 points and Dodson 13 for Southern Miss.

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East Carolina (15-16)30381078
Southern Miss (25-7) «32361381
ECA:M. Paul 28 Pts
ECA:R. Sampson 9 Reb
ECA:M. Paul 12 Ast
USM:N. Watson 17 Pts
USM:J. Mills 8 Reb
USM:N. Watson 6 Ast

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East CarolinaSouthern Miss
Miguel Paul
Neil Watson
East Carolina Pirates
M. Paul, G4310-244-5212328
R. Sampson, F335-72-292415
C. Gaines, G322-50-02026
E. Straughn, G-F313-40-13058
D. Morrow, F220-20-22050
P. Roberts-Campbell, G371-50-05123
M. Kemp, F266-93-331518
P. Torlak, G10-00-00020
A. Steed, FDid Not Play
S. Bowden, GDid Not Play
D. Morales, FDid Not Play
Y. Kolo, FDid Not Play
F. Edosomwan, GDid Not Play
Totals 27-569-1326162478
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
L. Page, G442-76-651110
J. Mills, F385-96-1080216
A. Johnson, G373-54-430411
M. Bolden, G244-93-431111
R. McGill, G151-11-25013
N. Watson, G385-156-966117
D. Dodson, G155-81-230113
T. Pelham, F110-20-03050
C. Jenkins, G30-10-00000
A. Phillips, FDid Not Play
R. Carlisle, GDid Not Play
K. Dewitt, FDid Not Play
C. Robbins, FDid Not Play
Totals 25-5727-373681681
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Western Ky.7-014-566
La. Tech6-115-5101
Middle Tenn.5-212-8131
Old Dominion4-315-440
UT-San Antonio3-49-9249
North Texas2-58-11271
So. Miss1-66-12294
Other games
UConn 55 Final
Syracuse 58
K-State 74 Final
Baylor 82
PSU 58 Final
Indiana 75
GU 70 Final
Cincinnati 72
Boise St 62 Final
Tx A&M 66 Final
Kansas 83
Louisville 84 Final
MU 71
Okla St 70 Final
Missouri 88
S Florida 53 Final
ND 57
Texas 71 Final
Iowa St 65
Wyoming 48 Final