Scores

Final

Southern Miss 77

(12-2, 4-2 away)

Rhode Island 64

(7-6, 7-2 home)

2:00 PM ET, December 28, 2013

Thomas M. Ryan Center, Kingston, Rhode Island

1 2 T
USM 35 4277
URI 34 3064

Top Performers

Southern Miss: M. Craig 14 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Rhode Island: E. Matthews 17 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

Southern Miss defeats Rhode Island 77-64

Associated Press

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Neil Watson and Michael Craig scored 14 points each as Southern Miss defeated Rhode Island 77-64 on Saturday.

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.

Rhode Island (7-6) was led by Xavier Munford and E.C. Matthews with 17 points each -- Munford's 11th consecutive game in double figures.

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.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USM
URI
Points 77 64
FG Made-Attempted 25-49 (.510) 19-46 (.413)
3P Made-Attempted 2-7 (.286) 8-21 (.381)
FT Made-Attempted 25-35 (.714) 18-29 (.621)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 25 (0/0)

2013-14 Season

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