Howard University Bison basketball team member James Daniel III, and Howard Bison logo. (Courtesy Photo www.hubison.com/roster)

The Howard Bison men’s basketball team recently learned how life without its best scorer on the court would be like. 

Learning just moments before their game that James Daniel III would be sidelined with a shoulder injury, Howard went on to put up a tough fight yet still fell short, 69-61, to  the Harvard Crimson in a non-conference hole game on Jan. 16 at the Burr Gymnasium in Washington, D.C.

The loss dropped Howard to two games behind a .500 overall record at 8-10. 

Daniel leads all college players in the entire nation with 29 points per game so his     scoring presence was definitely missed. But other talented players on Howard’s roster did their best to make up for his absence. Junior guard Damon Collins did a decent job,     leading four different Bison players who scored double digits in points – Collin scored  14 points and sophomore guard Dalique Mingo added 14; junior center Marcel Boyd    followed with 13 points and junior guard Keon Hill pitched in with 10. 

There were five different lead changes in the game during the first half as the Bison  fought hard to keep the score tight. Harvard, however, made just enough shots to outscore Howard down the stretch with Patrick Steeves leading the way with 18 points. 

Next – Howard returns to Mid-Eastern Conference action with a Jan. 23 matchup against Florida A&M back at the Burr in D.C.