The Howard University Bison have yet to shake their losing funk, falling 71-50 to the Savannah State Tigers in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s game Jan. 28 at the Tiger Arena in Savannah, Ga.

Howard wasn’t able to get any offensive rhythm going, and their defense was just as bad as they gave up several lopsided scoring runs to Savannah State late in the game. Trailing by only three points at halftime, Howard saw Savannah State go on an 18-9 run during the first eight minutes of the second half. Savannah State never relinquished its double-digit lead from that point on.

Savannah State junior forward Rashad Hassan scored a game-high 22 points, and junior forward Arnold Louis came off the bench to record a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Howard junior forward Mike Phillips led his team with only 11 points, while freshman guard/forward Prince Okoroh followed with 10 points. Senior center Glen Andrews scored just four points despite his usual average of 15 points scored per game.

With the defeat, Howard has lost eight straight games, failing to win a single game in 2012. Meanwhile, Savannah State (11-10 overall, 6-2 MEAC), the newest member of the conference, extended its win streak to three games.

The Bison (4-17 overall, 1-7 MEAC) will get another chance to end their losing streak on Jan. 30 when they face conference opponent South Carolina State in Orangeburg, S.C.

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor