Howard University sophomore guard James Daniel scored a team-high 20 points but the Howard Bison still fell short in the “battle of the real HU,” narrowly losing 68-67 to the Hampton Pirates on Feb. 28 at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.

Hampton has ruled the “battle of the real HU” in recent history; Saturday night’s win marked the Pirates’ 11th straight victory over Howard. But they came close finally to losing last night.

Hampton trailed, 67-61, with only 33 seconds left. That’s when Pirates junior guard Deron Powers scored five unanswered points to cut Howard’s lead to just one point. Howard had a chance to extend the lead to three points, but junior guard James Carlton missed a pair of free throws, which then set up a game-winning layup by Hampton senior guard Quinton Chievous, lifting the Pirates to their one-point lead with only seven seconds left.

Powers led Hampton with a game-high 23 points and Chievous followed with 11 points. Daniel had 20 points and Carlton scored 17 for the Bison.

Howard’s loss dropped its record to 15-14 overall, 9-6 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC); Hampton sits at 12-15 overall, 8-6 MEAC.

Next: Howard head to Norfolk, Va., to face the Norfolk State Spartans on March 2, followed by its regular season finale against N.J.I.T. on March 4 in Washington, D.C.