Shawn Bell scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the second half tonight to lead Chicago State past Howard, 78-66, as the Cougars ran their winning streak in the Chicago State Athletic Center to 54 games over the past three years.
Bell scored 10 of the Cougars' first 12 points of the second half with two spectacular dunks and three jump shots as Chicago State gained a 50-44 lead with 12:47 remaining in the game. The hosts' lead grew to 11 points following another dunk by Bell with 2:55 left.
In the first half, neither team was able to dominate. There were seven lead changes and six ties before Chicago State managed a 38-35 intermission advantage.
Howard (1-5) led, 11-10, following a layup by Fred Hill with 14:28 remaining in the period. The Bison got their biggest lead of the game, 15-12, on a 15-foot jumper from the left side by Hill (20 points) with 13:24 left in the half.
The Cougars managed to tie the score at 16 when Bell got his only points of the first half with a layup with 11:49 remaining. The score was tied again, 28-28, after Mike Jones sank a layup for Howard with 6:38 remaining before intermission. Robert McIlwaine (19 points) gave the Bison their last lead of the game, 32-30, with a tip in with 3:38 left in the half.
Chicago State (5-7) then outscored Howard, 8-3, the rest of the period to take a three-point halftime lead. Cougar center Fred Shepard had four points in the run.