Howard University, still trying to recover from a 17-day layoff last month, will attempt to break a two-game losing streak tonight against Delaware State University in an 8 p.m. basketball game at D.C. Armory.

"We were supposed to play in the Martin Luther King Christmas Tournament in Chicago but it fell through," said Bison head coach A.B. Williamson, whose team is 5-3 overall. "It's hard to keep that competitive edge when you don't play for so long."

Howard won five of its first six games but since returning to action this month, has lost in St. Bonaventure (N.Y.), 118-74, and Gannon (Pa.), 86-76.

The Bison will have to contend with Delaware State's fine point guard, Charles Sheeley, who is averaging 20 points a game this season. Howard is expected to rely heavily on 6-7 senior forward Gerald Giuver, who scored 32 points against St. Bonaventure.

In other games, George Mason will attempt to hand the University of Maryland Baltimore County its fourth straight loss in a 7:15 game at UMBC; Montgomery-Rockville, a 91-75 victor over Hartford Community College over the Hartford Community College over the weekend, will host Hagerstown at 7:30: Prince George's community College play at Dundak at 7:30 and Virginia Tech is at the University of Virginia.