Junior guard Corvin Davis made two foul shots with seven seconds to go last night at Burr Gymnasium as North Carolina A&T held off Howard, 70-66, in a game between the two teams that recently have dominated Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference basketball.
Davis came into the game averaging 8.1 points and shooting 40 percent. He finished with 21 points as the Aggies improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
In its MEAC opener, Howard (5-5 overall) made several mistakes in the last 47 seconds after leading much of the second half.
With the score tied at 66, John Spencer was called for a technical foul for slapping a ball held by an Aggie trying to inbound it. Thomas Griffis (15 points) made one of two technical foul shots and Claude Williams (19 points) made a foul shot on A&T's next possession.
Howard still had two chances to tie, but Rocky Gholson missed a layup and missed the front end of a one-and-one with 13 seconds left and A&T leading by 68-66.
A&T and Howard have dominated the MEAC in recent years, and the Aggies continually have proven the best. A&T came into the game with a 30-17 lead in the series and has defeated Howard in the conference tournament final the last six years.
The Bison got good games from Spencer and Jack Smith.
"We got a little too excited at the end," said Howard Coach A.B. Williamson.