Bernard Perry, who'd made one of nine shots from the floor in the second half, made four foul shots in the final 22 seconds and Howard held on to beat Florida A & M, 74-70, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game last night at Burr Gymnasium.
The Bison, who have won five straight games, are 9-4 overall and 5-1 in the league. FAMU, which lost all three games on this road trip, is 5-12 and 3-3 in the MEAC.
"You win at home and lose on the road in this conference," said a furious FAMU Coach Josh Giles. "Some bad calls . . . "
Giles was particularly upset that several calls were not made in the second half when his team rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to tie at 56 on two foul shots by Harry Kemp (21 points) with 5:19 left.
Perry, who made only five of 17 shots from the field, but all 10 shots from the line, made his only second-half field goal to give his team the lead to stay, 60-59, with less than four minutes to play.
"I was trying to get us in the game and my shot just wouldn't fall," said Perry, the Bison's leading scorer at 15.4. "Free throws are a little easier."
After Marvin Jones' two foul shots pulled FAMU within a point for the fourth time within a two-minute span, at 69-68, Perry was fouled and made two shots for a three-point lead with 22 seconds to play.
FAMU's Steve Moore then was whistled for bowling over Michael Gibson. Another foul on Perry resulted in two more foul shots and a five-point lead with 11 seconds to play.
"We did a lot of good things down the stretch--played good defense, made our free throws and hustled," said a pleased Coach A.B. Williamson. "We're a young team and we still have a tendency to go into cold spells. We got into a lull at the beginning of the second half and it took us a while to get out of it."
Howard, which made 26 of 30 foul shots in the game, made 14 in the final three minutes.