The Golden Eagles (12-2) broke open a tight game in the second half and closed on a 13-2 run with Aaron Brown adding 13 points and Jerrold Brooks 11. Craig's 14 points are a season high, and he added 11 rebounds.
The game was close -- tied six times -- and neither team led by more than six until Watson capped a run that had the Eagles up 60-48. Southern Miss owned the boards, 37-22, and outscored the Rams 42-18 in the paint.
The Rams came back to 64-62 when Matthews scored with 5:15 remaining, but Southern Miss hit 9 of 10 at the line down the stretch.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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