Neil Watson Video: Watch Southern Miss Star Force OT in C-USA Title Game

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Neil Watson, with a little help from Memphis' free-throw shooting, wouldn't let Southern Miss lose. 

With 4.4 seconds remaining and the Tigers leading by two in the Conference USA championship on Saturday afternoon, league Player of the Year Joe Jackson missed the front end of a one-and-one, opening up the chance for a miracle.

And as we know by now, miracles are expected in March. 

Senior Jonathan Mills grabbed the rebound, immediately delivered a perfect outlet pass to Watson at half court, and the diminutive junior answered all of the Golden Eagles' prayers. 

Instead of settling for a game-winning three, the 5'11" point guard drove the lane, absorbed the contact and laid the ball smoothly off the glass to complete the heart-pounding, Tyus Edney-esque play and send the game to overtime.

There was a bit of controversy on whether Watson got the shot off in time, but one angle revealed that there were centimeters of separation between the ball and his fingers with "0.1" clearly on the clock. 

The referees agreed, and the teams headed to OT. 

Then, after Jackson made up for his missed free throw with a clutch jumper of his own, we headed to a second OT. 

Memphis was able to pull away for the victory in the second extra period, but Watson's buzzer-beater, which capped a 9-2 run in the final 40 seconds, serves as a reminder—and preparation—that the thrills and electrifying action of March college basketball are unrivaled. 

 

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