Howard junior guard Calvin Thompson scored a game-high 23 points, helping his Bison run away with an 83-63 win over Washington Adventist University in a non-conference men’s game at Burr Gymnasium. The home win was Howard’s first of the season (1-1 overall), after falling, 63-48, on the road against Bowling-Green University on Nov. 11.

The Bison had to erase an early deficit as Washington Adventist leaped out to a 12-point lead in the first half, taking advantage of 17 turnovers committed by Howard. Marcus Coleman and Jamie Newton gave the Bison trouble, scoring a combined 23 points as WAU took a 38-34 lead into halftime.

“It was by no means a good first half for us,” said Howard Coach Kevin Nickelberry. “There were some nerves that took over in the first half and it showed.”

Howard was able to break the first half funk by going to its reserves, playing freshman guard Simuel Frazier (11 points) and junior forward Dadrian Collins. Frazier scored 11 points, while Collins added 8 for a combined 19 points off the bench.

Starting sophomore center Alphonso Leary added 13 points, while starting junior guard Mike Phillips scored 11.

“The freshmen played better and it allowed our upperclassmen to take over in the second half, said Nickelberry.”

Nickelberry also made a defensive adjustment after halftime, assigning Thompson, the team’s best perimeter defender, WAU’s Newton, who had owned Howard in the first half.

The adjustment worked as Newton scored just four points in the second half.

“We started out with freshman Brandon Ford on him, but we made the switch to Calvin ,” explained Nickelberry. “Calvin is a veteran and he matched up better with him.”

Howard will see more non-conference action on Nov. 21 when they travel to Lawrenceville, N.J. to face Rider University.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor