After losing a 13-point lead, Florida A&M fought off Howard last night at Burr Gymnasium to post an 88-84 victory and extend the Bison's losing streak to 11.
Howard (1-15, 0-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) closed within one at halftime, and with five minutes elapsed in the second half took a 59-48 lead.
The Rattlers (6-8, 4-3) responded in the form of Kenneth Davis (game-high 28 points) shooting from the perimeter, and 6-foot-5 Delon Turner (11 points, six rebounds) and 6-7 Kelvin Daniels (19 points, 10 rebounds) dominating the backboards.
"It's the little things that make you win and it's little things that make you lose," said Howard Coach Butch Beard.
"I'm proud of this team because I think we played much better but that's not much consolation."
Beard might have been elated had his team remained poised in the final minute, trailing 78-77. But Howard couldn't stop Daniels, who muscled over Bison players to score off two offensive rebounds. His free throw gave the Rattlers an 83-77 lead.
Howard, which has lost 10 games this season by seven points or less, sneaked closer after a three-point play by Julius McNeil (15 points), but Daniels again kept the Bison at a distance, sinking two free throws with 39 seconds left to push the Rattlers' lead to 85-80.
Marshall 90, UDC 71: John Taft made nine of 16 three-point shots and finished with 40 points as the Thundering Herd coasted at UDC's Physical Activities Center.
The Firebirds were led by Henry Moten (22 points).