East Carolina vs Southern Miss

Southern Miss. 81, East Carolina 78

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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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Scoreboard
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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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
East CarolinaSouthern Miss
ECA
Miguel Paul
USM
Neil Watson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
282121766
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
 48.2%69.2% 
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
 43.9%73.0% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
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Western Ky.8-1018-16158
FIU7-1113-19270
North Texas7-1112-20295
Rice7-1112-20279
So. Miss5-138-21315
FAU5-138-25300
UT-San Antonio3-155-27347
 
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