David Harrington, a 37 percent free-throw shooter, made three of four from the line in the final 30 seconds as Delaware State upset Howard, 76-74, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game. The Hornet victory snapped a three-game Howard win streak.
Trailing by 11 points midway through the second half, Howard rallied to one, 73-72, on a 17-foot jumper by Bernard Perry with 30 seconds left. But then the Bison fouled Harrington, the man they thought would hurt them least. The 5-foot-11 guard made both ends of the one-and-one and the Hornets led, 75-72.
Fifteen seconds later, Perry converted two foul shots and Howard again trailed by only one, 75-74. On the ensuing inbounds play, a tenacious Howard press forced the Hornets into a turnover, giving the Bison the ball under Delaware State's basket.
With 14 seconds left, Perry again was called on. This time he missed a 15-footer and Delaware State secured the rebound. After Harrington made the front end of a one-and-one, Howard's Rodney Wright launched a desperate half-court shot that bounced off the front of the rim at the buzzer.
With the victory, Delaware State improved to 8-13, 3-6 in the conference. The loss left Howard at 12-9, 5-4 in the conference.
Howard entered the game in first place in the MEAC, but with the loss, could drop to as low as third.
Jeffrey Gumbs led the Hornets with 22 points (10 of 15 from the floor), and center John Wright added 17. James Ratiff's 22 points and game-high 16 rebounds led Howard in both departments.
Though Delaware State's tallest man was 6-7 Erick Donaldson, the Hornets managed to stay even in rebounding with the much larger Howard team.