Howard University, shooting 72 percent from the field, with 26 points from Larry Spriggs and 22 from James Ratiff, broke its three-game losing streak with an 87-73 win over Delaware tonight in the consolation game of the Siena Invitational.
North Carolina-Wilmington met Siena for the championship later tonight.
After trailing, 4-0, Howard (7-4) took a 6-4 lead on a Ratiff basket with 17:35 remaining in the first half and never trailed afterward.
Spriggs, hobbled by an ankle injury all season, appeared to be healthy, and scored 18 points in the first half as the Bison built a 45-37 lead. Ratiff contributed 13 points in the opening half.
The Bison, who hit 34 of 47 floor shots, continued their hot streak in the second half and never allowed the Blue Hens (2-7) nearer than seven points. Peter Mullenberg (15 points) led Delaware's late charge when the Blue Hens pulled within 69-62 with 5:16 left.
Howard Coach A. B. Williamson substituted freely. Nathaniel Speight enjoyed success coming off the bench, making four of five shots and finishing with 12 points.
The Bison, led by James Terry, out-rebounded Delaware, 30-17.