The Howard Bison men’s basketball team earned its third win in four games after edging Florida A&M University, 71-69 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game Feb. 11 at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.
Bison junior guard Calvin Thompson led the team with 15 points and sophomore guard Tre Lee followed with 12 points as Howard came back from a 10-point deficit. The Bison advanced to 7-18 overall, 4-8 MEAC.
“We put Thompson and Lee in to calm us down at that point,” Howard head coach Kevin Nickelberry said. “Being an upperclassman, Calvin has the experience. He took some pressure off Simuel Frazier.”
Frazier scored eight points along with eight rebounds while fellow freshman Prince Okoroh added 10 points. As a team, the Bison made 20-of-24 shots from the free-throw line.
“That’s the difference, the free throws,” said Nickelberry. “It’s the difference between wins and losses in these two past games. Our guys are putting themselves in position to make them. It was a good win.”
Nickelberry said he’s happy with the progress his team has shown, especially since he made a switch to starting all freshman just five games ago.
“We have gotten to what we feel is a good situation,” he said. “The freshmen play with so much energy and then we bring in out upperclassmen and they make a solid contribution. We now seem to really enjoy the game.”
Howard will play another home game when they host Bethune-Cookman Feb. 13 at 7:30 pm at Burr Gymnasium.