Ecarolina 30 38 10 78
Sothrnmiss 32 36 13 81
Date of game: 3/8/2012

Recap: Southern Miss vs. East Carolina

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Darnell Dodson hit the go-ahead three-pointer with just under a minute to play in overtime, and Southern Miss survived East Carolina, 81-78, in a Conference USA Tournament quarterfinal.

Neil Watson paced the second-seeded Golden Eagles (25-7) with 17 points, Jonathan Mills finished with 16 points and eight rebounds and Dodson contributed 13 points in total.

Southern Miss will play Marshall in a Friday semifinal.

Miguel Paul had a career-high 28 points and dished out 12 assists but the 10th-seeded Pirates (15-16) came up short. Maurice Kemp donated 18 points before fouling out with 1:49 remaining in overtime.

Robert Sampson netted a trey, one of 15 makes from beyond the arc for ECU, with 15.6 seconds remaining in regulation to force the extra session, but Paris Campbell's potential game-tying three-point attempt fell short in the final seconds of OT.

The teams exchanged the lead five times in the first four minutes of overtime with neither leading by more than two in that span before Dodson drained his decisive second trey of the contest.

USM increased its advantage to five on free throws by Darnell and Watson, but ECU made it interesting late, as a layup by Sampson cut its deficit to three and two missed attempts from the charity stripe by Watson gave the Pirates the ball in a one-possession game.

Campbell's contested try fell well short, however, and the Eagles escaped.

Game Notes

Youngstown State's Ruiz in midseason form

Youngstown State wrapped up spring practices under first-year coach Bo Pelini Friday night, and he and his staff surely enjoyed what they saw in running back Martin Ruiz.

Manziel apologizes following rehab stint

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel issued a statement Friday, offering an apology and thanks to fans, teammates and the organization for support during his recent stay at a treatment facility.

Rays send reliever Beliveau to DL

The Tampa Bay Rays placed reliever Jeff Beliveau on the 15-day disabled list Friday due to soreness in his left shoulder.

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