Led by Bernard Bowman and Duane Melvin's second-half scoring, South Carolina State beat Howard, 67-62, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game last night in Orangeburg, S.C. Bowman scored 14 of his game-high 16 points and Melvin had 12 of his 14 points in the second half.
Howard, in losing its second straight game, fell to 17-8, 10-2 in the MEAC. That ties Howard for first-place with North Carolina A&T in the conference with two games remaining. Should Howard and N.C. A&T end in a tie, the Aggies would win the crown by virtue of scoring more points in head-to-head competition.
S.C. State is 10-16, 5-8.
After Howard took a 34-31 lead on Mike Jones' jumper to open the second half, Bowman made four long jumpers, the last at 11:25 to give his team the lead for good, 43-42.
The Bison called time out, but the Bulldogs kept control as Melvin had 10 of his team's next 16 points to open a 59-48 advantage with 7:42 left.
Fred Hill led Howard with 15 points. Kansas 87, Oklahoma 80
Forward Danny Manning scored 20 of his 25 points in the second half to carry third-ranked Kansas to a Big Eight victory over No. 10 Oklahoma, ending the Sooners' 48-game homecourt winning streak and handing them their third straight loss.
The last time Oklahoma had lost at home was in 1983 to Kansas.
Oklahoma (23-6, 8-5) came from a seven-point halftime deficit to tie the score at 53 with 12:46 to play. Manning, a 6-foot-11 sophomore then scored 10 of the Jayhawks' next 12 points for a 65-61 lead with 7:47 left.
Darryl Kennedy, who finished with 22 points, scored nine during a 13-8 Oklahoma run that brought the Sooners to 77-74 with 1:50 remaining. But they got no closer as Kansas (27-3, 12-1) made eight of nine free throws in the final 1:29. Memphis State 86, South Carolina 73
In Columbia, S.C., William Bedford scored 17 points to lead five players in double figures for the fourth-ranked Tigers (24-3, 9-2 in the Metro Conference).
South Carolina (12-13, 2-8) took early command with a triangle-and-two defense. But Andre Turner hit three jumpers to lead a 12-2 rally and Baskerville Holmes scored 10 points in a 20-9 run as the Tigers took a 43-28 halftime lead.
Holmes had 15 points for the Tigers, Turner 12 and Alexander and Vincent Askew 10 apiece.
Michael Foster scored a game-high 21 for South Carolina, 19 in the second half. Louisville 66, South Alabama 55
Sophomore forward Herbert Crook led a balanced attack with 13 points as No. 16 Louisville shot 72.7 percent from the field in the second half for the nonconference victory at home. Louisville (22-7) won its seventh straight and 11th in 12 games, while South Alabama finished its regular season at 16-15. Virginia Tech 92, Florida State 84
In Tallahassee, Fla., guard Dell Curry hit 16 of 22 field goal attempts to lead the 18th-ranked Hokies (21-7, 6-5) to a Metro Conference win. He totaled 36 points. James Madison 86, East Carolina 73
Playing at home, the Dukes ended an 11-game losing streak and finished the season at 5-2, 3-11 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Eric Brent's 21 points led James Madison. Marchell Henry had 17 for the Pirates (12-15, 6-8).