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January 28, 2012

Watson, Dodson power Eagles past UCF 78-65

ORLANDO, Fla. - Sophomore Neil Watson scored 23 points and Darnell Dodson added 22 to lead Southern Miss a 78-65 victory over Central Florida on Saturday night.

Southern Miss (19-3, 6-1 Conference USA) ended UCF's 16-game home win streak. Keith Clanton led the Knights (15-6, 5-3) with 21 points and six rebounds.

Marcus Jordan was the only other UCF play to score in double figures with 11.

Dodson and Watson provided the spark as Southern Miss rallied from a 12-point deficit to win easily. Watson hit four 3-pointers, three in the second half. He and Dodson were a combined 12-14 from the free throw line in the final two minutes of the game.

UCF ran off 14 straight points during a stretch of the first half and led 31-19 after P.J. Gaynor's drive in the lane with 2:45 left in the half.

Southern Miss closed the half with an 11-0 run.

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