Southern Miss downs ODU 75-60

Southern Mississippi's Michael Craig, right, dunks against Old Dominion's Richard Ross during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/The Virginia-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer)
Southern Mississippi's Michael Craig, right, dunks against Old Dominion's Richard Ross during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/The Virginia-Pilot, L. Todd Spencer)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Neil Watson scored 28 points Thursday, including 6 of 7 from beyond the arc, and Southern Mississippi beat Conference USA leader Old Dominion 75-60 with a second-half surge.

Jerrold Brooks scored 18 for Southern Miss (17-3, 4-1) and Michael Craig had 11.

Old Dominion (9-10, 3-1) jumped to a 10-5 lead on a trey by Aaron Bacote, but Southern Miss tied it at 20 on a dunk by Craig and pulled away on a 7-0 run. The Monarchs tied it at 32, but Craig hit a 3-pointer, giving Southern Miss a 35-32 halftime lead.

Richard Ross tied it at 37 in the second half with a dunk, and Keenan Palmore put the Monarchs up 52-51 on a layup, but Watson’s trey at 8:32 gave the Golden Eagles a 54-52 lead and they pulled away.

Bacote led the Monarchs with 19, Ross scored 11, and Palmore added 10.

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