Sothrnmiss 35 42 77
Risland 34 30 64
Date of game: 12/28/2013

Recap: Rhode Island vs. Southern Miss

Kingston, RI (SportsNetwork.com) - Neil Watson scored 14 points and Michael Craig finished with a double-double as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles defeated the Rhode Island Rams, 77-64, in a non-conference contest at the Ryan Center.

Craig netted 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Southern Miss (12-2), which has won three straight. Aaron Brown and Jerrold Brooks each scored 13 points as well.

E.C. Matthews and Xavier Munford each registered 17 points for Rhode Island (7-6). T.J. Buchanan tallied 10 points off the bench for the Rams, who have lost four of their last five.

Despite eight turnovers in the first half, the Golden Eagles led, 35-34, at halftime by shooting 47.8 percent from the floor. The Rams hit on just 40 percent of their field goal tries but had two more field goal attempts and a 9-3 edge in scoring from beyond the arc.

Southern Miss pulled away in the second half, shooting 53.8 percent from the field while holding the Rams to just nine field goals.

Rhode Island lost despite a 24-6 advantage in points from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles owned the glass, 37-22.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

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