Keeping Score

2 Eagles earn C-USA specialty honors

Southern Miss senior forward Dwayne Davis was named the Conference USA Newcomer of the Year while fellow senior forward Jonathan Mills was named to the league's All-Defensive Team.

Davis' honor marks the second straight season that a USM player has been named the league's Newcomer of the Year after point guard Neil Watson was picked last year.

I can't imagine there have been too many seniors to take that honor.

Davis had just one year to play at USM after failing to meet eligibility requirements as a junior last season.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall was jokingly asked after Saturday's win over UCF if there was anyway he could get Davis another year of eligibility.

"If there was any way possible, I'd try to make that happen," Tyndall said. "I'm fortunate to coach that kid."

Tyndall led USM in scoring in the regular season with an average of 15.9 points per game.

Mills made the All-Defensive Team in both of his seasons at USM after developing a hard-nosed reputation around the basket.

Mills averaged 9.2 points and 7.4 rebounds during the regular season.

"He's a winner and one of my three favorite players I've had in seven years as a head coach," Tyndall said of Mills.

USM begins Conference USA Tournament play at noon on Thursday against the winner of Wednesday's SMU-UAB game.