Howard’s two lead guards–junior Calvin Thompson and senior Glenn Andrews–combined for 13 points in overtime to help the Bison men’s basketball team defeat the University of Delaware, 88-83 in a non-conference game Dec. 22 at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bison while the Blue Hens saw their two-game win streak end.

Andrews, who poured in a career-high 28 points, nailed a three-pointer with 13 seconds left to tie the game at 70 in regulation to send the game into an extra frame.

After junior forward Josh Brinkley converted one of two free throws to give the Blue Hens a 71-70 advantage, Thompson and Andrews took over, reeling off a 9-2 run to take a 79-73 lead at the 2:35 mark.

Delaware (5-5) countered with a run of its own and tied the game at 79 with 1:30 on the clock.

From there, the Bison closed out the game by hitting on eight of nine free throws to seal the victory. The Blue Hens efforts were rebuffed with some good team defense down the stretch.

“I was extremely pleased with our efforts tonight,” said Howard second year head coach Kevin Nickelberry. “There were times when we could have given up, but we continued to fight. We were able to make some baskets and we got some stops.

“Glenn had a good game for us and hit some big shots,” Nickelberry continued. “He and Dadrian both got us going offensively. And then Calvin settled us down. It was not so much his scoring as it was his leadership. He has been hurt and did not play the last two games and it affected how we play. But tonight, you could see the impact he has on how we play.”

Freshman guard Jarvis Threatt led the Blue Hens with 17, junior forward Jamelle Hagins scored 15 points with 15 rebounds, and sophomore guard Devon Saddler and Brinkley added 14 points and 12 points, respectively.

Thompson finished with 16 points, 12 coming in the second half and overtime and Collins tallied all 11 of his points in the first half for Howard.

The Bison travel to Lawrence, Kans. to take on the 11th ranked University of Kansas Jayhawks on Dec. 29 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.


Ed Hill Jr.

Special to the AFRO