Howard played miserably tonight in the first 20 minutes, but improved after that, limiting Maryland-Eastern Shore to 11 second-half points and coming away with a 47-41 victory.

The win gave the Bison (7-4 overall, 3-1 MEAC) their third straight conference victory. The Hawks fell to 1-13, 0-3.

Howard made only one field goal in the first 11 minutes and nine of 30 in the half. Robert Jones' layup at 8:45 pulled the Bison within 17-7 and Howard closed within six points after Bernard Perry's 20-foot shot. But Hawks freshman Donnell Boney scored with four seconds remaining for a 30-22 UMES halftime lead.

In the second half, Howard's pressing zone defense caused the Hawks to shoot 20 percent. Kevin Scott's base line shot gave Howard its first lead, 35-34, with 12:15 remaining. The 6-foot-5 junior's layup gave the Bison their biggest lead, 43-36, with four minutes remaining. Scott, after scoring five points in the first half, had 12 second-half points to lead all scorers.

Allen Davenport's basket with 15 seconds to go cut the UMES deficit to 45-41, but Michael Gibson's two free throws ended any suspense.