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UAB vs Southern Miss

Southern Miss. 81, UAB 66

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Neil Watson scored 23 points and Dwayne Davis scored 20 to lead second-seeded Southern Mississippi to an 81-66 victory over UAB on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.

The Golden Eagles (24-8) will play UTEP in Friday's semifinals. The Miners defeated Houston 80-69.

Watson and Davis had five assists apiece, and both went 7 for 11 from the field with Davis making four 3-pointers and Watson three. Davis was coming off of back-to-back 30-point games against Marshall and UCF.

Southern Miss shot 53 percent, led 40-26 at halftime and never saw its second-half lead dip below seven points.

Rod Rucker scored 20 points to lead the Blazers (16-17), the No. 7 seed. Preston Purifoy added 10 points. UAB beat SMU 53-52 in the first round on Wednesday.

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UAB (16-17)264066
Southern Miss (24-8) «404181
UAB:R. Rucker 20 Pts
UAB:R. Rucker 7 Reb
UAB:Q. Taylor 6 Ast
USM:N. Watson 23 Pts
USM:J. Mills 9 Reb
USM:N. Watson 5 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
UABSouthern Miss
UAB
Rod Rucker
USM
Neil Watson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
20722345
UAB Blazers
J. Swing, F353-91-24259
Q. Taylor, G342-82-41618
R. Rucker, F329-142-572220
F. Alihodzic, C264-60-04128
R. Williams, G220-33-35133
T. Jones, G261-50-01113
P. Purifoy, G183-73-500310
I. Jones, G31-10-00003
A. Scotland-Williamson, F30-00-00010
K. Moton, G11-10-00002
K. Whitaker, GDid Not Play
Totals 24-5411-1922131866
 44.4%57.9% 
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
D. Davis, F357-112-245120
J. Brooks, G335-111-283013
D. Boardingham, F213-63-34039
J. Mills, F200-30-09230
C. Jenkins, G131-40-00202
N. Watson, G327-116-845323
R. McGill, G253-52-24028
N. Carey, F132-30-21024
D. Edwin, G61-10-01032
C. Robbins, F10-00-00000
J. Chapman, G10-00-00000
A. Brown, GDid Not Play
C. Armelin, GDid Not Play
J. Zuppardo, FDid Not Play
M. Craig, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 29-5514-1935171781
 52.7%73.7% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Charlotte0-03-03
FIU0-03-0301
North Texas0-03-086
Old Dominion0-03-01
UTEP0-02-086
La. Tech0-03-1201
Marshall0-03-152
Middle Tenn.0-02-1343
So. Miss0-02-1193
UT-San Antonio0-02-1343
FAU0-01-2331
Rice0-01-2105
UAB0-01-2276
Western Ky.0-01-2300
 
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