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

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    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)

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