Senior reserve guard Jeff Williams scored six of his 10 points in the last three minutes to help Howard gain a 53-47 victory tonight over Delaware State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game. The victory was Howard's ninth straight.
With the Hornets (3-9, 1-3 in the MEAC) controlling the tempo and trailing by 43-39 with three minutes left, Williams entered and scored on a twisting layup with the 45-second clock winding down.
Delaware State's Vincent Garlick (game-high 15 points) countered with two free throws to make it 45-41, but Williams responded with a 20-foot jump shot and two free throws following an intentional foul to give the Bison (11-5, 5-0) a 49-41 lead with 1:10 remaining.
The Hornets were forced to foul, and Robert Jones and Robert McIlwaine (10 points, 11 rebounds) each hit two free throws to close out the scoring and secure the victory.
Howard held a 22-17 halftime advantage despite shooting only 37 percent. The Hornets had several opportunities to draw close in the second half, but turnovers and poor shot selection hampered their effort.
Delaware State forward Bernard Campbell had 11 points and six rebounds.
Howard, which got scoring from nine players, improved its shooting in the second half, making 11 of 18, with many of the baskets coming from the outside.
Outrebounded by 36-31, Howard offset that problem by forcing Delaware State to commit 18 turnovers and limiting the Hornets to 37 percent shooting. It marked the 10th straight time that Howard has limited an opponent to under 40 percent shooting.