Howard University (7-2) hopes its early season success will continue, while Catholic (2-8) is looking for a reversal of its start tonight when both teams compete in out-of-town tournaments.

Catholic will meet host Siena College (5-3) in a first-round game at the Loudonville, N.Y., school's invitational tournament at 9. Virginia Commonwealth (8-2) plays St. Francis (N.Y.) at 7.

Howard takes on Lehigh (2-5) in the opening game of the Fairfield (Conn.) Tournament at 6 o'clock. Host Fairfield (6-4) faces Delaware (2-7) at 8.

Howard is coming off a big tournament win in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Bison outrebounded both Morehouse and Winston-Salem to win both games and its first holiday tournment.

Larry Spriggs, a 6-7 forward, is the Bison's leading scorer and rebounder with 14.7 and 11.0 averages, respectively.

Steve Dade his been a one-man gang for struggling Catholic. The junior is averaging 15.1 points and 9.8 rebounds, both team highs. The Cardinals have been plagued by turnovers and poor shooting. Siena is boosted by the recent eligibility of 6-6 Rod Owen, a transfer from Davidson.