GREENSBORO, N.C., FEB. 20 -- There is nothing the locals like better than North Carolina A&T defeating Howard. Tonight, with relative ease, the Aggies used a blazing fast break and menacing man to man defense to extend the nations' longest home -- court winning streak to 35 games with a 93-70 rout of the Bison before 8,000 at the Corbett Sports Center.
Howard, which has never won here, once again had to come into an arena better known as "The Pit" becausa the stands overlook the floor. The outcome seemed certain from the opening tip-off as the Aggies shot 53.5 percent from the floor combined with a deafening noise from the overflow of fans, took the Bison out of the game shortly before intermission.
Howard, (14-10, 8-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) which has now lost two straight, remained close to the division leading Aggies (22-2, 14-0) for the first eight minutes of the game.
But North Carolina A&T, with 6-foot-7 forward Claude Williams (22 points, six rebounds) and 6-6 forward Carlton Becton (12 points), rebounded well and consistently scored from the outside, frequently sending its fans into a frenzy.
George Hamilton (14 points) and Howard Spencer (17) hustled all over the court for Howard but North Carolina A&T didn't make many mistakes.
"This is a very good Aggies team," said Howard coach A.B. Williamson. "They shot the ball very well. They made five or six three-pointers and we got behind and couldn't catch-up."
The final five minutes of the first half were Howard's downfall. After Guy Owens (eight points) scored on a layin to cut the North Carolina A&T lead to 29-23, the Aggies went on a 14-8 run to take a 43-31 lead at intermission.
In the opening minutes of the second half, the game reached its highest pitch in intensity, and each team banged the other around but North Carolina A&T with Corvin Davis (14 points) and Thomas Griffis (18) lighting the Bison up from the outside, the lead increased to 67-48 with nine minutes left.
Hamilton, then took over matching the Aggies on three-pointers and spin moves to the basket, but after he fouled out with 6:12 remaining Howard's hopes to come back seemed slim.
"They were getting second and third shots, crashing the boards harder and dominating inside," said Hamilton. "The young guys kind of lost it and that gave A&T the momentum. We took some bad shots and weren't getting the rebound but, A&T is a veteran team."