UAB ends season with loss to Southern Miss in C-USA Tournament

Jerod Haase's UAB team saw its season come to an end Thursday afternoon in a 81-66 loss to Southern Miss in the second round of the Conference USA Tournament. (

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 the winner of the UTEP-Houston game in Friday's semifinals.

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.

Team Stat Comparison {}UABUSM Points6681FG Made-Attempted24-54 (.444)29-55 (.527)3P Made-Attempted7-24 (.292)9-22 (.409)FT Made-Attempted11-19 (.579)14-19 (.737) Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)18 (1/0)17 (0/0)Largest Lead319Game Leaders {}UABUSM PointsR. Rucker 20N. Watson 23ReboundsR. Rucker 7J. Mills 9AssistsQ. Taylor 6N. Watson 5StealsF. Alihodzic 3N. Watson 4BlocksF. Alihodzic 1D. Boardingham 2