Junior guard James Carlton scored a game-high 16 points with nine rebounds to lead the Howard University Bison to a 50-48 road win over the Savannah State University Tigers on Feb. 21 in Savannah, Ga.
The victory pushed Howard one game above .500 with a 14-13 overall record, and 8-5 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), currently the fourth best record in the MEAC. The win also marked the first time since the 2002-03 season that Howard has won 14 or more games in a season.
It was a pure defensive battle between the conference opponents as neither team allowed any easy points. Howard scored most of its points at the free-throw line, including its final nine points scored in the game, and was led by Carlton making 10-of-12 free throw attempts. Savannah State came close to taking the win away on a desperation three-point attempt at the buzzer, but it missed and the Bison walked away with the two-point victory.
Carlton was one of just two players in the game to score double digits; sophomore guard James Daniel added 15 points for Howard. Senior guard Terel Hall led Savannah State with just nine points.
Next: Howard will finish its six-game road trip on Feb. 23 when it heads to Orangeburg, S.C. to take on South Carolina State (10-18 overall, 7-6 MEAC). Howard will return home to host Hampton (11-15 overall, 7-6 MEAC) on Feb. 28.