The month of February continues to haunt the Howard University Bison men’s basketball team, who have lost five of the six games played this month. The latest defeat came in a 66-56 home loss to the Savannah State University Tigers on Feb. 20 at the Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.
Howard stood at 11-16 overall, and 5-7 against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), as of Feb. 21.
Bison junior guard James Daniel III, the leading scorer in the nation with 27 points per game, struggled in the first half against Savannah State; he scored just six points, which allowed the Tigers to take a double digit lead into halftime.
Daniel shook his funk in the second half, though, scoring 18 points after halftime to attempt to lead Howard to a comeback. While Daniel got hot, however, the rest of his teammates went cold and the Bison simply couldn’t score enough points to keep up with Savannah State.
Daniel finished with a game-high 24 points but no other Howard player scored double digits; junior forward Tyler Stone and junior center Marcel Boyd both scored eight points. Savannah State saw three players score at least 16 points.
Next: Howard will host South Carolina State on Feb. 22, followed by another home game on Feb. 24 against Florida A&M University. The Bison then head to Hampton, Va. on Feb. 27 for the latest basketball edition of the “Battle of the Real HU” against Hampton University.