Bernard Perry scored 23 points and forward David Wynn 18 as Howard won its second straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game, defeating Delaware State, 85-73, at Burr Gym last night.
With the victory, Howard (6-4 overall, 2-1 conference) also remained undefeated at home. The hornets dropped to 5-7 and 2-1.
The Bison took command with the aid of 12 turnovers and poor shooting (32 percent) in the first half by the Hornets and were never threatened. Perry scored six points during a 90-second spurt, and Wynn scored on a baseline jumper for a 32-16 lead with four minutes remaining. Perry ended the first half by converting two free throws for a 42-26 lead at the half.
"It was very pleasing to see an overall team effort," said Howard Coach A.B. Williamson. "If we continue to improve, we will have a very good team by the time February rolls around. Dave Wynn, Bernard Perry and also Gino Warner did outstanding jobs." It was Wynn's best game since transferring this year from Camden Community College as a junior college All-American.
At the beginning of the second half, the Hornets started their comeback, but came up short. Center Ed Rollins made two easy layups to pull within 69-62 with 5:40 remaining. But Howard reeled off eight straight points for a 77-63 lead with two minutes to go.
Both teams scored the same ammount of field goals (31), but Howard was successful on 23 of 35 free throw attempts; the Hornets were 11 of 18.