Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
For most of two seasons. Howard coach A. B. Williamson has been bemoaning the lack of points scored by his front court. Last might at Howard's Burr Gymnasium, he may have found the solution with a prolific backcourt.
Sophmore guard David Whitehead hit 11 to 21 shots and scored 24 points to lead their Bison to a 98-88 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore, Howard's 12th victory in 18 games.
With Gerald (Tub) Gaskins' 14 points, the 38 points for the Bison backcourt was the most in the two years since Williamson has been coaching at Howard.
"We seemed to put it all together tonight." Williamson said. We've had a few team meethings lately and decided that we've got too much talent to have been losing the way we've been getting beat."
Howard had lost four close games in its last six.
"We got some excellent individual performances tonight, and we had our minds in the game. When you have talent and are thinking, its hard to lose," Williamson said.
The Hawks put up a fight, coming from an early 10-point deficit to three back at halftime. But Howard got its inside game roiling in the second half by waiting for the good shot against the Eagles' 1-2-2 zone and built a comfortable 14-point lead at 79-65.
Eastern Shore threatened late in the game, closing to 84-76, but the Hawks could get no closer as Gaskins, Howard's little point guard, controlled the tempo with his crisp passing. Gaskins had seven asssits.
"We just haven't been able to make the good transition from offense to defense," said Hawk coarch Dan Jones, who is also in his second year at the Princess Anne affiliate of the University of Maryland system.
Howard helped prove that point. The Bison hit 37 of 73 shots and consistently beat the shorter Hawks down court for easy close-range shots and layups.
Getting most of the easy shots was Gerald Glover, on the receiving end of five Gaskins' assists. Glover led all scorers with 26.
Ken Simmons and James Golden, a Spingarn High graduate, each got 24 points for Eastern Shore, but few of their points were the uncontested kind the Bison were given.