Southern Miss tops UAB 81-66 in Conference tournament

TULSA, OK (WDAM) - Neil Watson lead the way with 23 points and five assists, and the University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball team advanced to the second round of the Conference USA tournament after an 88-61 win over the University of Alabama Birmingham.

The Blazers held a 17-16 lead with 8:24 left in the first half, but two free throws by Daveon Boardingham (nine points, four rebounds) gave the Golden Eagles a lead which they never gave up.

Southern Miss advances to the Conference tournament semi-finals, where they'll play UTEP at 2:30 on Thursday.

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