Howard University junior forward James Carlton scored a game-high 19 points, including a pair of game-winning free throws, in a 71-69 victory over Coppin State on Jan. 10 at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.

Howard improved to 8-9 overall, and 2-1 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Coppin State fell to 1-15 overall, and 0-3 against the MEAC, with its 11th straight loss.

Despite the losing record, Coppin State challenged Howard the entire game—the lead was exchanged eight times between the two teams, and the score was tied 11 separate times. Coppin led by two with less than a minute in the game, but a pair of clutch free throws by Howard sophomore guard James Daniel tied the game, and two more clutch free throws from Carlton made with a one second left pushed the Bison to victory.

Both Carlton and Daniel scored 19 points. Coppin State’s Sterling Smith scored 12 points.

Howard will face MEAC opponent Delaware State in D.C. on Jan. 12. Coppin State will host Bethune-Cookman in Baltimore on Jan. 17, followed by another home game against Florida A&M on Jan. 19.