Simuel Frazier scored all nine of his points in the second half, including seven of his team’s last 11 points as Howard University held off University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 53-51 in a Mid- Eastern Athletic Conference men’s game on Feb. 20 at Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.

The Hawks (6-20 overall, 3-10 MEAC) led through most of the early part of the game, holding a 31-24 advantage at the half. After UMES took its biggest lead at nine at the 13:06 mark, the Bison began their comeback, reeling off 21-13 run that gave them the lead at 45-43 at the 6:59 mark.

It was a Frazier three pointer that capped off the run. From there, it became a nip and tuck affair until a three-point play by Calvin Thompson gave Howard its biggest lead at 53-47 with 2:17 left.

“Simuel made all the plays down the stretch,” said Howard head coach Kevin Nickelberry. “He was involved in a lot of the key plays. He stayed aggressive in the second half and it paid off.”

The Hawks got a basket and two free throws from Ishaq Pitt that reduced the deficit to 53-51 with 1:23 still left in the game. UMES and Howard exchanged turnovers on successive possessions, but the Hawks got off a shot by Pitts that hit the rim and rolled off as the buzzer sounded and the Bison had secured their fourth win in five games.

“We are just learning how to win,” said Nickelberry. “It doesn’t matter who is on the floor. We are a deep team and we found a mix. We reverted to our old habits in the first half by not passimg the ball and taking bad shots. In the second half, we gave ourselves a chance.”

UMES’s Ronald Spencer scored 12 of his game-high 14 points in the second half while Hillary Haley tallied all 11 of his points in the first half.

Howard (9-19 overall, 6-9 MEAC) got 10 points from Glenn Andrews. No other Bison scored in double figures. Nine different players scored as the Howard reserves outscored their counterparts, 38-11.

NEXT UP: The Bison travel to Dover, Del. to take on the Hornets of Delaware State on Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.

 

Ed Hill Jr.

Special to the AFRO