March 11, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior guard Dwayne Davis garnered selection as the Conference USA men's basketball Player of the Week based on voting from a media panel covering the 12 league schools and released Monday afternoon.
It is the first career award for Davis and the second for the Golden Eagles this season. Jonathan Mills earned the award earlier this year. It is the first time that two different players garnered Player of the Week honors since the 2003-04 season.
Davis, who led the Golden Eagles to a 1-1 record on the week, averaged 34.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals while connecting on 62.9% from the field, 64.3% from three and 88.9% from the free throw line. The senior opened the week by scoring a career-high 35 points at Marshall. The Philadelphia, Pa., native also grabbed five rebounds and had four assists and a career-high four steals. He is the first Golden Eagle since 2003 to score at least 35 points.
Davis followed that up by leading Southern Miss to a 70-62 victory over UCF on Senior Night. Davis scored 34 points in the game, including 20 in the second half, becoming the first Golden Eagle with consecutive 30-point games since 2002 and just the seventh in history. Davis scored nine of the last 11 points in the final 2:30, including going 6¬-of-6 from the free throw line. He also tied a school record, connecting on a perfect 12-of-12 from the line. The win also gave Southern Miss its 12 conference victory, the most ever for Southern Miss since joining Conference USA.
Tulsa's James Woodward was named the C-USA Freshman of the Week.