Brandon Ford scored a career-high 14 points to lead five players in double figures as Howard snapped an eight-game losing streak in an 82-76 win over South Carolina State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s game on Jan. 30 in Orangeburg, S.C.

Ford, one of five freshmen who started the game for the Bison, tallied 10 of his points in the first half to give his team a 42-37 advantage at intermission.

Using its bench liberally, Howard kept the pressure on the Bulldogs, winning the battle of the reserves, 33-13. Calvin Thompson came off the bench to score nine of his 11 points in the second half while reserve Mike Phillips tallied eight of his 10 in the final 20 minutes for the Bison.

Freshman Prince Okoroh scored all 10 of his points in the first half while Tre Lee contributed a career-best 13 points.

The game was tightly contested throughout as neither team led by more than eight.

Howard took control in the second half, maintaining a four to seven-point lead until S.C. State cut the deficit to 71- 60 at the 2:33 mark. But the Bison would go on a 7-0 run led by freshman guard Simuel Frazier, Thompson and Phillips, who took turns making baskets or free throws that kept the Bulldogs at bay.

“I thought that they took advantage of their opportunities,” explained S.C. State head coach Tim Carter. “We had the same chances but they were able to finish plays in the paint and that was the difference.”

S.C. State (4-17 overall, 0-8 in the MEAC), which dropped its 15th straight (5-17 overall, 2-7 in the MEAC) got a game-high 31 points from Brandon Riley, 14 points from Omar Sanders and 10 points from Khalif Toombs.

NEXT UP: The Bison will try to win their second straight when they travel to Princess Anne to take on the Hawks of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, 4 p.m., Feb. 4 while the Bulldogs will attempt to end their skid when they host the Tigers of Savannah State on the same date and time.

 

Ed Hill Jr.

Special to the AFRO