DAYTONA BEACH, FLA., JAN. 29 -- Howard Spencer's layup with four seconds remaining in the game gave Howard University a 59-58, come-from-behind victory tonight over Bethune-Cookman College.

The Bison trailed by 58-48 with 4:45 left, but held the Wildcats scoreless for the rest of the game.

Howard Coach A.B. Williamson was pleased with the comeback except for one thing: The Bison should have never been behind in the first place, he said.

"We did something we'll be talking about in practice tomorrow," Willamson said. "We did a good job gutting it up, winning under duress. But we never should have been behind."

Howard (10-7 overall, 4-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) pulled to within 58-57 on John Spencer's free throws with 43 seconds left. The Bison stole the inbound pass and worked the clock down to eight seconds. George Hamilton missed a three-point field goal attempt and Bethune-Cookman's Tim Jones grabbed the rebound and was fouled.

Jones missed the front end of a one-and-one, and Howard had another chance. After a timeout, Hamilton drove the court and dished off to Spencer, who hit a layup with four seconds left. Bethune-Cookman had one final opportunity, but Anthony Anderson's three-point attempt was short.

Hamilton led the Bison with 16 points; Spencer scored 13.

The Wildcats (2-17, 2-8) lost their seventh straight game, with four of those decided by four points or less.

Anderson finished with a game-high 18 for the Wildcats. Julius Grant hit three three-pointers en route to a 13-point effort. The Bison finish their six game road trip Tuesday at Florida A&M. HOWARD Min FG FT R A PF T Holloman 21 2-6 1-3 3 0 1 6 Gholson 23 0-3 2-2 3 2 1 2 Hamilton 34 6-12 3-4 5 2 2

Halftime: Bethune-Cookman, 33-27.

Three-point goals: Howard 3-10 (Bynum 0-1, H. Spencer 1-2, Holloman 1-3, Hamilton 1-3, Powell 0-1), Bethune

Attendance: 1,800.