Junior guard James Daniel III scored a game-high 22 points but it wasn’t enough to lift the Howard Bison past the North Carolina Central Eagles in the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament on March 8 in Norfolk, Va.
Daniel was recently named the MEAC Player of the Year after averaging nearly 30 points per game during this season. But the junior star guard made just eight of 16 shot attempts against N.C. Central and, collectively, Howard missed just enough shots down the stretch to give the Eagles the victory.
“Sometimes you have a bad night and unfortunately, this was one for us,” Howard head coach Kevin Nickelberry said, according to Howard Sports Information. “When your best free throw shooter (Daniel at 86 percent) makes only 3 of 7, what can you say. It was a bad night all around for us in that area.”
Howard junior big man Marcel Boyd had perhaps the most outstanding night, despite the loss: He finished with a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds.
Kyle Benton led the Eagles with 15 points.
The Bison finished the season with a 12-20 record.
Howard’s women’s team (7-24 record) was also sent home early, falling to the Hampton women, 64-58, in the quarterfinals on March 9.
Senior forward Victoria Gonzalez led the Lady Bison with a game-high 17 points. But, Mikayle Sayle led the Lady Pirates with 16 points and received a little more help from her Hampton teammates.