Sophomore guard James Daniel scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Howard University Bison to a 59-50 win over the Florida A&M University Rattlers in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Jan. 24 in Tallahassee, Fla.

It was the first game in 12 days for Howard, who improved to 9-10 overall, and 3-2 against the MEAC.

Howard quickly took control of the game against the struggling, winless Rattlers (0-19 overall, 0-6 MEAC). Daniel got off to a hot start, scoring 12 points in the first half to lead the Bison to a 12-point lead at halftime.

Florida A&M cut into Howard’s double-digit lead midway through the second half, chopping it down to just seven points with eight minutes left to play. But Howard sophomore guard Keon Hill nailed a timely three-pointer to push the lead back to 10 points, and the Bison were able to hold off the Rattlers the rest of the way.

Daniel finished with 20 points, and junior guard James Carlton followed with 14 points for the Bison. Hill scored six points. Freshman guard Jorge Rosa scored a team-high 13 points for Florida A&M in the loss.

Next: Howard will face Bethune-Cookman in another MEAC contest on Jan. 26 in Daytona Beach, Fla., followed by another MEAC game on Jan. 31, this time at home in Washington, D.C. against Morgan State.