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Watson makes Conference USA history

A day after Mississippi State forward Arnett Moultrie beat out Southern Miss guard Neil Watson for the state's top collegiate basketball honor by a mere three votes, Watson became the first player in Conference USA history to win both the Sixth Man of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year awards.

Only a sophomore, Watson led the team this season with 12.1 points per game and 4.5 assists per outing, and ranks second in the conference with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

While Watson earned his second and third conference honors, his teammate junior Jonathan Mills earned a spot on Conference USA's All-Defensive team. The junior transfer from Chicago, Il averaged 9.8 points a game, and lead the Golden Eagles with 6.5 rebounds a contest.

Watson, Mills and the Golden Eagles left for Memphis Tuesday afternoon for the Conference USA tournament which begins Wednesday. Southern Miss, who finished the regular season with a record-setting 24 wins and only six losses, earned a no. 2 seed and will play the winner of the East Carolina-Rice game on Thursday at noon.

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