Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Howard University shook off a shaky start and a chilly gymnasium and raced past outmanned Delaware State, 75-58, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game last night at D. C. Armory.
A subdued crowd of 400 sat quietly as the players raced up and down the court in the opening minutes in an apparent attempt to get warm. Turn-overs and missed shots plagued both teams before the Bison spurted to a 14-4 advantage with 14:35 left in the first half.
Delaware State's passing-chance offense gave Howard a perfect chance to work on its man-to-man defense.State coach Marshall Emery, who preceded A. B. Williamson as Howard, head coach, has always emphasized a passing game and the Hornets gave a clinic in that skill, at least.
"I played for him as a freshman and we knew to expect to at least five passes before a shot," said Howard's 6-foot-7 forward Gerald Glover, who led all scores with 19 points! "It was cold out there and it took us a while to get started. Their offense is time-oriented and we weren't patient enough at the start."
Just as it looked as if Howard was going to blow the Hornets back to Dover, the Bison offense went on strike. They committed four straight turnovers and scored only one field goal in a 10-minute stretch. Delaware State's Robert Hunter scored nine points during Howard' blackout and sent his team to a short-kived 20-19 lead with four minutes left in the first half. But that was it.
"Same old problem, young team and you're going to commit mistakes," said Emery. "Plus, Howard is coming off two road lossess and is hungry. We wanted to make them play defense but we couldn't sustain any offense."
Emergy saw the game slip away in the waning minutes of the first half. Glover hit two layups and a dunk, Carlton Richardson added a jump shot and a pair of free throws and Gerald Gaskins hit a long jumper from the top of the key to send Howard streaking out to a 36-26 lead at intermission.
Howard was a bit more patient in the second half and it paid off. The Bison worked the ball around until a Hornet defender committed himself and Glover, Richardson or Louis Wilson broke to the basket for layups.
Two straight breakaways by Richardson gave the Bison a commanding 58-40 lead with 10 minutes to play.
"We just have to learn a bit more patience," said Williamson. "THis type of games gives us a chance to see who can play of defense. They came back a couple of times on us, that's one reason I went to the delay game."
The Hornets, getting baskets from Isaiah Faulkner, a former All-Interhigh League player from Cardozo and Michael Gianes and four free throws from Edward Wright, ran off eight consecutive points to cut the deficit to 8 1/2 minutes left.