Howard University overcame a second-half rally by making eight of 11 free throws down the stretch to beat Campbell College, 58-55, last night at Burr Gymnasium.

The Bison (2-3) have never lost at home to Campbell, which is 1-3. Mike Hampton led the Bison with 16 points. Jeff Williams and William Stuart each had nine.

Howard played the second half without its usual leading scorer, Fred Hill. He had 10 points before he strained a hamstring late in the half. Williams also twisted an ankle.

Howard Coach A.B. Williamson wasn't happy with his offense, nor was he happy that his team was outrebounded, 40-30. But, he said, Campbell "did some little things good. I'm just glad to win. The important thing is to get the win and get confidence in our shooting."

Clarence Grier's foul shot gave the Camels a 51-50 lead with 3:20 to play. Hampton, however, made four straight foul shots, the second pair in a one-and-one situation, and Campbell called time with 2:42 left and the Bison leading, 54-51.

Grier then got a slam off his own steal to make it a one-point game. After Howard's Robert Jones was called for an offensive foul on Tracy Williams, the Camels had a chance to take the lead with 52 seconds left.

But Williams missed the front end of a one-and-one. Hampton was fouled on the rebound, and he made his fifth and sixth straight foul shots to give Howard a 56-53 lead. The Camels did not get any closer.