Kansas State 70, Southern Miss 64
Golden Eagles make first tournament appearance since 1991.
Golden Eagles will face the winner of Rice/East Carolina on Thursday at Noon.
Golden Eagles Earn No. 2 seed in next week's Conference USA Tournament.
Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT and will be nationally-televised by FoxSportsNet.
Neil Watson led the scoring for the Golden Eagles with 16 points.
Neil Watson scored 18 points for the Golden Eagles.
Jonathan Mills scored 18 points to lead the Golden Eagles.
2009-10 (r-So.): Played in all 34 games, making 19 starts ... Averaged 8.7 points while placing second on the team with 5.9 rebounds ... Recorded 12 double-figure scoring games, including four double-doubles ... Was eighth in the conference in free throw percentage, connecting on 78.2% (86-of-110) from the line ... Recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in his Southern Miss debut at UL-Lafayette (11/14) ... Had 29 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double, while also blocking five shots against Loyola (N.O.) (11/17) ... Also connected on 16 free throws in that game, the fourth most ever at Southern Miss ... Had a team-high eight rebounds at Montana State (11/21) ... Had a team-high 19 points and five rebounds against William Carey (11/24) ... Scored 10 points and had three blocks versus Spring Hill (11/28) ... Scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Ole Miss (12/5) ... Scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds against Canisius (12/22) ... Had a game-high 18 points with six rebounds against Dillard (12/30) ... Led team with 13 points against Memphis (1/9) ... Pulled down a game-high nine rebounds versus UTEP (2/24) ... Recorded fourth double-double against Tulane, recording game-highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds (3/2).
Marion Military Institute (2007-08): Played at Marion Military Institute for Marcus Thomas ... Was named first team All-ACCC ... Helped lead team to a 21-12 record ... Was sixth in the Alabama Community College Conference with 14.3 points, seventh with 7.3 rebounds and second with 2.1 blocks ... Recorded 10 double-doubles on the year, tops at Marion and fifth in the conference.
High School: Lettered at Jackson Wingfield High School ... Led Wingfield to a third-place finish in the Mississippi Class 5A Tournament ... Participated in the Mississippi All-Star Game ... Averaged 18 points, 12 rebounds and three assists ... Was named The Clarion-Ledger's Dandy Dozen's "Others to Watch" ... Was rated as the 18th-best player in Mississippi by MagnoliaPreps.com.
Personal: Son of Toya Bolden ... Mother Toya played basketball at Hinds Community College ... Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies ... Born August 18, 1989.