Southern Miss (24-6, 11-4 Conference USA) led for the entire game, but struggled to put the lowly Mustangs away. Watson scored 13 of his 18 in the second half as the Golden Eagles pulled away in the final minutes.
Southern Miss shot 52.2 percent (24-of-46) from the field and enjoyed a huge 37-19 advantage on the glass. The Golden Eagles stayed one game behind Memphis for the C-USA lead.
SMU (12-18, 3-12) was led by Robert Nyakundi's 18 points while Jeremiah Samarrippas added 13. Nyakundi hit three 3-pointers in the second half to keep the Mustangs in the game, but they couldn't find a way to overcome poor defense and rebounding.
North Carolina Hall of Fame men's basketball coach Roy Williams is recovering from knee-replacement surgery.
Sparkling facilities are one thing, but Tim Miles needs to regain the momentum of Nebraska's 2014 run to the NCAAs if it is to play with the big boys.
Oregon finished on top of the Pac-12 last season and made a run to the Elite Eight. With loads of talent returning, will the Ducks continue their reign?
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