Sothrnmiss 33 41 74
Arkltlrock 28 32 60
Date of game: 12/21/2013

Recap: Ark-Little Rock vs. Southern Miss

Tortola, B.V.I (SportsNetwork.com) - Neil Watson finished with 19 points as the Southern Miss Golden Eagles downed the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, 74-60, in the championship bout of the BVI Tropical Shootout at the Multi- Purpose Sports Complex.

For the Golden Eagles (11-2), Daveon Boardingham added 11 points and Michael Craig posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

James White led the Trojans (4-7) with 18 points and five rebounds, while Will Neighbor chipped in with 12 points.

Despite making just 36.7 percent of its field goal tries in the first half, USM took a 33-28 lead at the break. UALR hit on 50 percent from the floor in the first, including 2-of-8 from 3-point range, but had 10 fewer field goal attempts than the Golden Eagles.

The Trojans struggled from the field after halftime, shooting 40.7 percent and 4-of-12 from 3-point range. The Golden Eagles found their shooting touch in the second half, knocking down 60.9 percent of their field goal attempts in the period. They used a 12-2 run early in the second half to build a double- digit lead, eventually pushing ahead by as many as 22, as they cruised to victory.

The Golden Eagles had the edge on points in the paint, 38-28. USM outrebounded UALR 33-27.

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.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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