Scores

Final

UAB 66

(16-17, 7-9 C-USA)

Southern Miss 81

(24-8, 12-4 C-USA)

Coverage: CCSN

1:00 PM ET, March 14, 2013

Bank of Oklahoma Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma

1 2 T
UAB 26 4066
USM 40 4181

Top Performers

UAB: R. Rucker 20 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

Southern Miss: N. Watson 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

Southern Miss. 81, UAB 66

Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. -- 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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Team Stat Comparison

 
UAB
USM
Points 66 81
FG Made-Attempted 24-54 (.444) 29-55 (.527)
3P Made-Attempted 7-24 (.292) 9-22 (.409)
FT Made-Attempted 11-19 (.579) 14-19 (.737)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 3 19

2012-13 Season

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